A simple little pair that I finished recently. Was asked by the client to incorporate her I "heart" music tattoo, along with a checkerboard pattern. The mid section was originally an orange fabric with a gold(ish) thread deep inside. Once painted black, the fabric was dyed, but the gold thread can still chine through at different angles. Not intentional I will admit, but it gives the shoes a neat appearance. Unfortunately this is not shown very well in photos.
I look forward to trying a checkerboard pattern again someday. I feel a more "manufactured" look can be acquired.
No tape for me. I cut a strip from a club flyer and used it as a makeshift paper ruler to pencil in the rough lines. Then painted it freehand. Originally I was going to do a base coat of white and paint in the grey squares, but then I changed my mind. I decided to minimize the thickness of paint that was going on the leather, and paint the white and grey without a base coat. End result was a lot more work, but in my opinion worth it in regards to cleanliness and durability.