Off the Wall

I've been saving this design for a while now, because I have to wait for TODAY to do it. Why today, you ask? Because it's Chris' birthday today, and this design is tailormade for him...he LOVES Vans. LOVES. I mean the guy is a 42-year-old skateboarder for god's sake, it's kind of a natural fit. He even has a size 66  Vans shoe (no, really) that he keeps at the house. This thing is massive, and it is a large-scale version of a normal Vans shoe. Chris even got me hooked on Vans; as someone who suffers from foot pain from most shoes (even sneakers), the surf shoes are some of the most comfortable I've ever worn, and I've actually even worn a few pairs out. :D

Today's design is part of my way to celebrate Chris' birthday - the iconic checkerboard pattern, the "OFF THE WALL" logo, and the pattern from the sole of the shoes (both the waffle pattern as well as the pattern across the ball of the foot where it changes).

Join me in wishing a Happy Birthday to my better half! His age is the answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything! :-P

I used:

Mustard: Barielle Aura Angora
Medium Brown: China Glaze Mahogany Magic
Dark Brown: Barielle Unraveled Rust
Camel: American Apparel Trenchcoat
White: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On
Black: American Apparel Hassid
Red: China Glaze Hey Sailor
Topcoat: Seche Vite topcoat
Basecoat: Seche Vite basecoat  <----I'm adding this because I get asked so much what basecoat I am using.

This BIG shoe!!

The inspiration for part of  this manicure:

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  1. I love Vans! I own like... 6 pairs hahaha, these nails are amazing! <333

  2. The picture of you wearing the shoe looks like an optical illusion. :)

  3. i also love vans! they are very trendy but also super comfortable!
    gorgeous nails!! haha!

  4. love! i also love vans. best shoes ever

  5. I miss your square shape =0< but love all your designs!!!

  6. I love it! I wear my Vans every single day. They're so comfortable!

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS :) Neat Mani Liss - Love you!! Mom

  8. Happy Birthday to your man :). Great job, as always! Also, that shoe is INSANE! Do you flip it over and use it as a coffee table?

  9. OMG! The sole look exactly as the Swedish chocolate "Kexchoklad"!!! :D

  10. The photos of the nails collection are very awesome..nowadays this has become a great art of painting the nails in a very artistic way...other than that the shoe aspect of the above post is none other than bolt from blue..

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  11. Ah this mani makes me all nostalgic. :) I think I've worn out more pairs of Vans than I can count. They are sooooo comfortable!

    Happy Birthday Chris!

  12. Very cool design :)

  13. Neato!! Happy birthday to your other half and many more! I've yet to try Vans...maybe I should? I'm more of a Converse Chuck Taylors kinda gal lol

  14. Amazing!
    And I love the mega-sized shoe!! Want!

  15. Happy (belated) Birthday to Chris!
    Vans and PF Flyers all the way!!!
    ...and I don't know why...but I covet that monster shoe...
    (my cat would probably sleep in it though, and get it all mungy)

  16. I have one of those shoes too! I also have waffle sole coasters. You'd love all the novelty merchandise that hangs around the corporate office!

  17. My guy is a 34 year old skateboarder, he'out there almost every day. He would be stoked on this. Haha, awesome.


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