I found these shoes at Goodwill and knew exactly what I needed to do to them.
I removed the silly sole and button and made a turnshoe out of the upper and the lining. You can see the glue from where the lining was glued to the rubber sole, but I don't mind. I stiched them with cotton crochet thread in the old stich holes, double running stiched, and the thread waxed with beeswax. That ought to hold for a while.
They are so soft! I love the fact that they are a natural materal, and recycled, and four dollars. They feel very special, and I find them beautiful. Plus, they double as decent SCA garb should I go to an event in the next year or so (anything is better than Birkenstocks!).
This is a picture in answer to the question "what makes you feel magical?" Yeah, ok, so I wore this to the renfaire. But I was the awesomest looking person there, if I say so myself. I worked on a farm this summer and considered this an "agricultural spirit" look. All the greenery and flowers (some willow, some tansy, some others) and such came from the farm, and I have necklaces of dent corn and green beans. The mud came from the potato field. I'm a very Earth-oriented person. I would do this again for a harvest-oriented sabbat.