Nostromo Crew Shoes — Final Touches

When we last left off with the shoes, all that remained was to attach the D-Rings to replace the eyelets for lacing.  Well, the D-rings have arrived, I picked up a package of little nickle plated rivets from the local Hobby Lobby along with a small piece of white vinyl.  The original plan was to use Chicago Screws to pass through the existing eyelets to hold a little loop of vinyl with the D-ring in place.  Unfortunately, the posts on the Chicago Screws are too large to pass through the eyelets, so I decided to go with a more permanent attachment: rivets.  I couldn’t find any rivets that were already white, so the nickle plated ones will have to get painted.

Rivet Holding Fixture

Drilling holes in a scrap piece of wood to hold the rivets for painting.

Those little rivets are too small to just hit with a spray can without scattering them to the four winds, so I needed a way to hold them in place.  The solution was to drill a bunch of holes in a scrap piece of poplar that was laying around the workshop and just friction press the little guys in place.  Now they could be hit with a spray can and not go flying.

Rivets for Nostromo Shoes -- Priming

Rivets, primed and ready for a coat of white. You can see my faithful helper in the background.

Because paint doesn’t really stick too well on nickle plated parts, I first primed them with a self-etching primer.  Three quick coats per the manufacturer’s recommendation, and the little guys were ready for a coat of white.  After a few coats of white paint, the rivets are ready to attach the D-Rings and finish up the alterations needed to complete these shoes! Continue reading

Nostromo Crew Costume — First steps with the shoes

In my last post I mentioned a few alterations that needed to be made to the PF Flyers.  The first steps are to remove the branding from the shoes and get the colors right.

Using a seam ripper to rip out the stitching on the PF Flyers medallion.

Using a seam ripper to rip out the stitching on the PF Flyers medallion.

Removing the PF Flyers Logo Medallion from the Uppers

This was by far the easiest alteration to make.  Just a little bit of work with the trusty ol’ seam ripper and the medallion just peels right off.  There was a little bit of adhesive underneath that left a small yellowish stain on one of the shoes, but I plan on wearing the shoes around so they don’t appear brand new anyway, so I guess the dirt just has a head start. Continue reading

Nostromo Crew Costume — I need shoes

Details of screen used shoes from Alien

Details of screen used shoes from Alien

I need shoes!  Specifically, I need to try to replicate the shoes worn by Dallas, and the majority of the crew of the Nostromo.  In fact, everyone wears these shoes except for Kane and Lambert.  They must be popular in the year 2122 (kinda like Air Jordan’s in the mid-80s.)  More likely though, they are simply company issue.

A little looking around on forums and perusing screen captures of the movie I’ve come to the conclusion that the best shoe to use as a starting point are a pair of PF Flyers Center Hi sneakers from the Archival Collection.  They aren’t an exact match but I have a cunning plan! Continue reading