Thursday, October 6, 2011

DIY ~ Refashioned Pretty & Punk Shoes

Hello lovelies!  I was so thrilled to get so many fabulous DIY suggestions last week (post here), and both Megan of The Frugalista Diaries and Alicia from Fashion by Alicia suggested I do something to an old pair of shoes.  Well I had just the shoes, and just the supplies!  It fits in perfectly with the challenge Natasha from Required 2 Be Inspired and Kimberly from A Little Bit of This are hosting for the month of October: Old to New in October.  As Natasha explains, "The idea behind Old to New in October is to take something old from your closet and refashion it to something new and fabulous!"  Is that a killer idea and just right up my alley or what?!  So let's get started on this easy and fabulous DIY!


  • Old shoes that you are ready to part with
  • Lace ribbon (this is vintage, I got it at the thrift store)
  • Liquid Stitch
  • Studs (these are from a contest I won from M&J Trimming)
  • Scissors

Use the lace ribbon and wrap it around the shoe, folding/overlapping where needed (where the shoe curves) and cut the lace.

Figure out how you want the studs on the lace, and use jewelry pliers to bend the prongs around the lace.

Now you have your studded lace trim!  Time to apply it!

Apply about 2 inches of liquid stitch to your shoe and then put your studded lace over the glue, pressing firmly (your fingers will get messy, so get over it).  When the shoe begins to turn, you will need to snip a notch in the lace at the top and fold it over itself so that the trim still lines up nicely at the top.

Side is done :)  I let it dry for a little while before I moved to another part of the shoe so the lace didn't move.  You could also use some clips to hold the lace to the shoe instead of waiting.  Hindsight :)
Finish the shoe, and then repeat the whole fabulous process for the other shoe.  Let dry for 24 hours.

Finished product!  I'm kinda loving them.  They are an absolutely unique pair of shoes, and best of all, cost nothing!
Do you love this upgrade?  I have so many ideas on other shoe upgrades now!  Can't wait to get them going!



  1. That is just the coolest idea ever! Love it!

  2. These are totally WOW!! YOu should def submit for IFB links. :)

  3. Thank you so much for joining in!
    I love your project..the perfect mix of tough and girly! I also have a few pairs of shoes to re-fashion!

    Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

  4. You did such an awesome job! The shoes turned out so beautiful and like you said, they're totally one of a kind! Well, now everyone's going to want a pair! Thanks for joining in O2N and I'm looking forward to working on shoes, too!

  5. Just found your awesome blog- what a cool idea! I'm not big on DIY, but this seems so easy I might just have to give it a try!

  6. OMG....I absolutely LOVE this DIY! You did an amazing job and this is actualy something that most of us can do, and can get our hands on the same supplies! Thank you for sharing!

  7. You are sooo creative!! These shoes look so good and definitely not like a DIY.

  8. Awesome shoes!! That is so cute, I would have never thought of that! Great job.

  9. Lovely idea! I should most definitely try it :)



  10. This so cute! And looks easy. GREAT DIY!

  11. such an adorable DIY ! love the mix of hard and soft

    XO Sahra

  12. Cute shoes! Congrats on making the Links a la Mode!

    Best, Jenny


  13. I really love this DIY!
    too cute , yet sassy!

  14. Very, very cute! Loving the idea. Did the lace & studs really stay on for all day wear? Can't wait to see what else you post.
    xx. Jillian

  15. Love these you need to post them to upcycled Awesome this week! http://tinyurl.com/upcycled67


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