What else can I put in my heels?
February 21, 2019 10:30 AM   Subscribe

I just scored a pair of these shoes on EBay... the heels are removable and you can put anything inside. They were also originally sold filled with glitter, as well as Barbie doll heads. My first instinct would be to put fish inside, but that would be too cruel to the fish so I'm NOT willing to do that. But I would love more ideas! Ideally nothing too expensive or heavy, though I doubt I'll be doing any distance walking in them, so some weight is probably manageable. And I don't know if they're actually watertight. Ideas?
posted by Mchelly to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (49 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
You're obviously not going to use real fish, but we live in the future, where there are robot fish you can put in your shoes (would need to test the water-tightness though)
posted by brainmouse at 10:34 AM on February 21, 2019 [20 favorites]


Dried or fabric flowers!
Hang little birds or fish from fishing line so they appear to be floating
LED lights with a battery pack or battery powered votive candles
Tiny doll shoes
Replica teeth or animal skulls
A sewing kit
A first aid kit
A (plastic) succulent garden
posted by stoneweaver at 10:36 AM on February 21, 2019 [6 favorites]


Googly eyes. Colorful small pom-poms. Crumpled tin foil. Christmas lights. Jell-O fruit molds. Cheerios or Kix. Shredded newspaper. Tinsel. Skittles or M&Ms. Hershey kisses. Lucky Charms. Wine corks. The possibilities are endless!

Or how about a statement piece, like saving up all of the wasteful bits of life that we take for granted and never use? Spare buttons, the plastic thing that attaches to clothes sale tags, etc.?
posted by stillmoving at 10:37 AM on February 21, 2019 [2 favorites]


If you can seal them , a snow globe would would be excellent! Maybe a different scene for each shoe. Or wads of LED lights! Or lit up snow globes! Bonus points for a replica of the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation house!
posted by LaBellaStella at 10:44 AM on February 21, 2019 [7 favorites]


One can find vintage glass eyes on Ebay for a surprisingly low price.
posted by eotvos at 10:44 AM on February 21, 2019 [15 favorites]


Swedish Fish.
posted by kellygrape at 10:45 AM on February 21, 2019 [7 favorites]


My first instinct would be to put fish inside

How about a plastic toy fish instead?

My own first thought was a small figurine in an arms-raised pose, so it looked like it was doing the heel-lifting.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:50 AM on February 21, 2019 [3 favorites]


Mineral oil & plastic fish, or octopi, if you can find little plastic ones.
Mineral oil floats on blue water to look like ocean
Legos
Lego minifigs
Army guys
If you can get some red, pink, orange surveyor's tape, or maybe tissue you could affix it to the top and it could look like flames, esp. with
Tiny led lights
Action figures
Go to a great toy store or art supply store - dominoes, dice
Airplane-sized bottles of liquor
A diorama would be cool.
posted by theora55 at 10:50 AM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


I've used blue hair gel and plastic fish as decoration to good effect. Gel is thick enough to hold fish in place in the "water column" and should tolerate some non-water-tightness.

Tinsel would have the sparkle of glitter with less mess and easier changeout.
posted by momus_window at 10:50 AM on February 21, 2019 [7 favorites]


My first instinct is to layer different colors of sand in a pretty pattern, although I don't know if that would be too heavy.
posted by dlugoczaj at 10:55 AM on February 21, 2019 [2 favorites]


Air plants!
posted by easy, lucky, free at 11:04 AM on February 21, 2019 [3 favorites]


I love this question!
How about:
Little shiny ball Christmas tree ornaments
Gum balls
Foil-covered chocolate coins
Craft feathers
Seed beads
Confetti, like little gold or silver stars
Bingo chips
Small seashells
Pasta
posted by tuesdayschild at 11:04 AM on February 21, 2019 [2 favorites]


Jewelry: Buy exciting looking bling at the thrift store.

Toffee in bright wrappers: Get a box of Quality Street or whatever you favour, eat the toffees and save the wrappers, refill the wrappers with little chunks of appropriately sized styrofoam to avoid the toffees melting out of the wrappers.

Pickles: Throw out and wash the shoe well after a couple of days.

Realistic fake paper money: Unless there is a risk you might get mugged.

Hunting scents and lures: Rabbit, bobcat, racoon, woodchuck etc. are likely to be the most successful but if you live in the suburbs deer and coyote may both result in some adventures: Note: DO NOT DO THIS. Especially grizzly bear scent. Don't.
posted by Jane the Brown at 11:14 AM on February 21, 2019


I would do miniature origami stars or cranes!
posted by Pandora Kouti at 11:20 AM on February 21, 2019 [3 favorites]


I feel like this would probably ruin them and/or the seal may be too tight, but it would look super cool to have some kind of smoke/mist/fog coming out of them. Small cone incense, or dry ice, or something like that.
posted by sacrifix at 11:36 AM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Gumballs. Tiny rubber/plastic animals. Dice. The tiny plastic innards of an invisible man kit. I'd head over to American Science & Surplus, and see if there's anything that appeals.
posted by MonkeyToes at 11:43 AM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Matchbox cars
Chupa chups

(these would be great to fill with seasonal stuff, like candy corn for halloween, tinsel for x-mas..)
posted by speakeasy at 11:46 AM on February 21, 2019


Poker chips
Monopoly money
What the hell, real dollar bills
Coffee beans
Lipsticks
USB cables

If you want to be daring: Tampons
posted by 1970s Antihero at 11:52 AM on February 21, 2019 [3 favorites]


For special occasions:

- LED string lights (the kind that runs on batteries)
- A fresh rose in each
posted by Too-Ticky at 11:57 AM on February 21, 2019 [2 favorites]


Guaccmole in one, chips in the other. Instant snack.
posted by Jon_Evil at 12:05 PM on February 21, 2019 [11 favorites]


pony beads
feathers
scales for scalemail (aluminum for cost & weight)
shredded, crumpled, or rolled up book pages
typewriter keys
meeples
doll limbs
high heeled Barbie doll shoes
posted by carrioncomfort at 12:16 PM on February 21, 2019


Do you do any table-top gaming? I think they'd look awesome filled with D20s.
posted by neushoorn at 12:28 PM on February 21, 2019


Turn them into the shoe version of a Find It game?
posted by stormyteal at 12:29 PM on February 21, 2019




You can buy a bag of 50 Lego mini figure heads on eBay for about $10.00. I have a flask of them in my bathroom.
posted by bondcliff at 12:45 PM on February 21, 2019 [3 favorites]


Perch a couple of those robot butterfly toys with flapping wings on twigs. Especially cool because there will be movement when you're standing still, but maybe not good if you plan to dance in them.

Peruse American Science and Surplus for inspiration. Fill your shoes with small feet. Go full steam punk. Wear a bathrobe and put glow in the dark rubber ducks in your shoes and call it couture.
posted by Mizu at 12:54 PM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Small statue of liberty or eiffel tower holding up the heel? Also, humidifier fish come in a few colors.
posted by cestmoi15 at 1:06 PM on February 21, 2019


Succulent / small cactus
Model teeth
Lucky Charm marshmallows (bonus snack time)
Thimbles
posted by msbutah at 1:07 PM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Small rubber bouncy balls. 1-3 per shoe, I’d guess? Too many and they won’t bounce enough.
posted by deludingmyself at 1:17 PM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


My first instinct would be to put fish inside, but that would be too cruel to the fish so I'm NOT willing to do that

Yeah, don't do that.
posted by praemunire at 1:25 PM on February 21, 2019


Popcorn
Jelly Beans
Starburst
(maybe it's time for me to have a snack...)
posted by sarajane at 1:26 PM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Have Jessamyn help you put a mossarium in there.

Fill it with LED throwies.

Glow in the dark paint, with an ultraviolet LED taped to a lithium coin cell.
posted by wenestvedt at 1:32 PM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Mardi gras beads!
posted by jgirl at 1:40 PM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Jingle bells! Not in season right now, but still fun.
posted by jgirl at 1:47 PM on February 21, 2019


I don't know what you're into but... I'd fill mine with d20.
posted by wellifyouinsist at 3:35 PM on February 21, 2019


Thumbtacks. Mini marshmallows. Sensory bottle contents (oil, water, glitter).
posted by daisyace at 4:24 PM on February 21, 2019


Blood.
Cake sprinkles.
Cremains.
Bass speakers.
Small bells.
Eau de toilette.
White powder.
Seashells.
Soup.
Alphabetti spaghetti.
Fruit flies.
Petals.
posted by runincircles at 5:32 PM on February 21, 2019 [2 favorites]


Jumping beans.
posted by runincircles at 5:33 PM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Miniature posters, photos, slogans, handwritten political tracts.
posted by runincircles at 5:35 PM on February 21, 2019


Rice, raisins, biscuits etc.
posted by runincircles at 5:36 PM on February 21, 2019


Little dioramas of different nature scenes (model train size grass and tree or cacti would be fun here). Possibly with plastic dinosaurs or other animals.
posted by ananci at 6:15 PM on February 21, 2019 [2 favorites]


Tiny jingle bells
posted by ersatzkat at 6:53 PM on February 21, 2019


A single banana in each.
posted by mdrew at 8:05 PM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Miniature rubber ducks
Munchkin donuts missing a bite in one shoe, with the bites in the other
Tiny dog biscuits
Those brightly colored little cat toys that look like mice
Ramen noodles in one shoe and chop sticks in the other
Fortune cookies
Monopoly money in one and dice mixed with the little houses, etc. in the other
If you really want to fuck with people, do condoms in one shoe and prayer cards in the other ;)
posted by dancinglamb at 10:08 PM on February 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


Jelly babies.
posted by pompomtom at 12:25 AM on February 22, 2019


Wow - you guys are great! A lot of things I never would have thought of, and most are cheap enough to actually do! Thanks for all the ideas! Love the idea of changing them to be holiday specific... was planning to break them out on Purim so this is really making me think ...!
posted by Mchelly at 6:51 AM on February 22, 2019 [2 favorites]


HAMENTASHEN
posted by stoneweaver at 9:19 AM on February 22, 2019 [4 favorites]


Tiny rubber chickens
posted by theora55 at 11:06 AM on February 22, 2019


Small LED ticker displays. Though, that just moves the problem one step further to "what messages to show?"
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 1:32 PM on February 22, 2019


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