The internet is flooded with teacher-specific wardrobe options: t-shirts that look like notebook paper, knee-socks that look like pencils, and fingernails plastered in handwritten script. English nerds such as myself would buy every writing-themed article of teacher clothing we could get our hands on if it weren't for our modest teaching salary. I scroll past each blue-lined t-shirt and sharpened sock toe, practically drooling over my keyboard, but still I held tightly to my dear paycheck. Then I thought of an option that let me have my paycheck and wear it too.
My first book will be published in October, and I'm planning a big launch party in my community (for friends, family, fellow teachers, administrators, students and families, church members, etc.). I want to keep my outfit classy, but when else will I have such a wonderful excuse to deck myself out in writing attire? I determined that the solution was DIY writer shoes -- a pair of thrift-store heels transformed with pages from my own book. I rummaged around in my closet to find a pair of $4 high-heels I had purchased from Goodwill about 5 years ago, and I grabbed a bottle of $6 Mod Podge from the dining room (because that's where all good teachers should keep their bottles of Mod Podge). Then I printed out a few pages from my book--making sure to print the passages about shoes, clothing, and the like--and cut out small strips of text to apply to the shoes.