Amanda Schaper is one of our own—she’s Giro’s Marketing Manager, and when she’s not here in the office, she’s often found lining up at elite-level cyclocross races. Last November, she traveled to Victoria, BC, to race the 2015 Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC). If you know anything about this event, you know costumes are a big deal. Amanda decided to bring some fairy dust to the race by dressing up as Tinker Bell, and her custom Empire VR90’s were the best part of her costume.
While most custom shoes are embellished with paint, Amanda took a different approach. “I definitely don’t consider myself an artist. But crafty? Absolutely.” When she looked at her Tinker Bell costume, she knew that a stock color Empire VR90 wouldn’t cut it. “I kept thinking about how amazing it would look to have a pair of glittery green Empire VR90’s. So I decided to give it a try.”
Amanda spent a few days masking off various layers of spray glue and glitter to create her vision of sparkly green shoes with a white logo. “I started by masking off everything that I didn’t want glitter-bombed, even putting small screws in the lace holes to keep them clear.” Her next step was laying down a layer of white glitter in the area of the logo. “I sprayed a layer of glue, sprinkled on the white glitter and applied a thin clear coat to prepare that area for masking.” The next day, she masked the logo using a vinyl sticker over the white area, and then hit the entire shoe with glue, green glitter and a thin clear coat.
Then it came time for the part that made her nervous—removing the masks. “I had no idea if any of this would work. I thought the glue might stick to the masks too strongly, and removing them would just rip apart the glitter layers and ruin the shoes. But amazingly, it worked! I was so stoked when all the masking came off, and I was left with a perfectly sparkly pair of Empire VR90’s.”
She finished the shoes with green laces, a sparkly pom-pom and toe spikes, and then she headed to the race. As it turned out, the glue and glitter technique isn’t super durable when riding and running through sloppy mud, but the Tinker Bell shoes are still proudly displayed in the Giro office—even though they’re missing chunks of glitter and caked in mud.
Fairy dust and toe spikes—what more could Tinker Bell need in a cyclocross shoe? You can see some photos from SSCXWC (including the muddied shoes) and read Amanda’s recap here
Follow Amanda on Instagram: @ascrapes