My Go To Shoe when Traveling


It’s one of the biggest dilemmas us lady’s face when traveling. How in the world do we get all the shoes we need in our suitcase? Seriously, the whole weight limit the airlines impose on our suitcase, leave us little room to be flexible. We can’t exactly take “options’ for our different outfits and they need to be comfortable and you need to be able to walk 10 miles a day in them if need be. And the classic white American tennis shoe that screams tourist simply will not do -- it’s not at all fashionable and we have to represent!!!!

So what does Lady Benton do? I buy Toms in the colors I need and jazz them up! Toms are more comfortable and have more support than you think. Plus, who doesn’t love their buy one get one motto? If broken in properly they do not leave blisters, and I have walked many a mile through the streets of Paris and London in them. I always make sure I get them ahead of time and wear them around the house to mold them to my feet. For this trip I have coming up, I have purchased them in black, navy and red.

Funny side story

Now before I get into my tutorial of how to jazz them up I have to tell y’all what happened, but first I have to give you a little background. Mr. Benton is one of those rare men that loves to declutter and throw things away. This does not mean that he picks up his pile of clothes on his side of the bed or believes in putting his plate in the dishwasher, but you put a spare box lying around and voila it is gone like magic. I have to say, his side of the closet is very neat. Anyway, this morning, Fedex delivered my Toms to me and I had opened them and set them on the countertop in the kitchen. I was working on the other two pair and the red pair I had laid to the side. What happened next is anyone’s guess. Seems “Nobody” came along and put the boxes next to the garbage can. The boxes were then collected and taken out to the burn pile. I bet we haven’t had a burn pile in six months. Jackson comes in while I am working on the other two pair and says, “There was a pair of red shoes that went into the fire.” I, not at all panicked say, “Oh that must’ve been the pair I was going to take to Goodwill. Your dad must’ve thrown them in the trash.” I kid you not, it wasn’t 5 minutes later that I go over to the countertop to put on my new red shoes to break them in, only they are not there.” They are not anywhere. And that’s when it dawned on me. Sure enough, I go check my closet and there are the old red shoes. Yep, those brand new, still had the tags on them Toms got burned up! I was so mad I could spit nails only “Nobody” did it.

So now without further delay... 

Here is my trick for jazzing up plain o’ Toms.

I buy iron ons from Hobby Lobby! You can completely customize with monograms, sparkles, anything you can buy an iron on of you can put on your shoes. I call them the poor man’s Stubbs and Wootens. Mine come in at $35-$60 a pair, depending how much you pay for your Toms. Compared to $400 for Stubbs and Wooten, I’d say that’s a win. Plus you could never wear Stubbs and Wooten for miles and miles of walking in a day.

Step by step instructions

  1. Go to Hobby Lobby and buy your iron ons For this project I chose a classic circle monogram, and a sparkly set of pearl and rhinestone bows.
  2. Next, get your iron and your curling iron hot.
  3. Get you a thin rag and paper towel and a large wooden spoon.

Now let me just say, I am not at all crafty, if I can do this anyone can!!!

Here are the shoes I started with.

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Here are the monogram iron ons I bought. They are $1.49 a piece. I have never caught them on sale at Hobby Lobby but I usually use the 40 percent off coupon for one of them.

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Next I take my wooden spoon and insert it in the shoe. I do this so I have something to iron against. I lined up the B or center letter at the bottom of the V on the shoe and placed the “E”s on each side.

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Next, I take the iron and place on the shoe, making sure the letters don’t move underneath. You may have to do this step more than once and make sure you iron down the edges.

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Wah Lah!!!! Super Cute and easy to boot!!!

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This is another pair I did using the same technique. You do have to be careful and not apply the heat directly to the rhinestones for fear of melting them, but you can use a thin rag between your iron and the iron on. Also on this one, I had a hard time getting it to stick since I couldn’t apply heat directly, so I took a curling iron and used the same layering rag on top and was able to apply heat from the back and that helped me secure it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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God bless and thanks for stopping by!

Until Next Time,

Lady Benton


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