DIY Luxury Shoe: Strappy Heels to Make Your Outfit Pop
We ain't in Kansas anymore, Toto.
The inspiration for these were The Wizard of Oz...not really. But, if Dorothy wasn't about that farm life and couldn't stand to wear anything but pumps ... then these would be the shoes she wore on the yellow brick runway. Fire red hot strappy heels. Mm.
At the time when I got these, I wanted a RED HOT HEEL. And I got it ... well, more like made it. This was a project I finished awhile back, so this will be more of a refresher to complete them. Originally, when I bought these, there were no rhinestones, no sequins, and no glitter. Just a red sole with the red strap and clear lucite heels. Very simple. Yet, I can be pretty over the top sometimes (sometimes just straight extra) and I wanted to really bring these shoes out.
I covered the platform in red rhinestones of various sizes to add some dimension, hearts on the bottom sole for a little more 'soul', added red glitter to cover the transparent top portion of the shoe, and lined it with sequins (which I took most of them off to replace them). If you want me to do a DIY post on how to make these starting from a naked shoe, then shoot me a DIY request. ;)
Lately, you'll notice you that clear lucite heels are trending right now. If you want to create a shoe like this, I recommend that type of shoe because the heel is already lightweight. So adding your adornments won't cause the shoe to be as heavy compared to other shoes. Any shoe brand that makes shoes for exotic dancers will be a good start because they will be sturdier compared to others. Given that they are specially made for exotic dancers; you can knock, scratch, bump and grind them without as much wear and tear.
Strut on girl, strut on.
Flatback Rhinestones: the stones I used are made of acrylic/plastic which makes them more affordable. Now, if you want more of a sparkle, I'd suggest higher quality rhinestones (like Swarovski) that are made of glass/crystal.
Sequins: for this design, I used large ones to fit the width of the strap.
E6000 (Black): using black since I wanted them to have a deep sultry ruby colored look and wanted to cover the clear transparent heel all together. The glue smell from E6000 is strong, so I suggest using in a well ventilated area to protect yourself from the fumes.
Clear Nail Polish (not pictured above): not required, but any clear nail polish that you trust will be just fine. Paint is paint!
Step 1: First off, get your workspace set up and get your supplies. Select a pair of shoes you want to repair, in this case I wanted to add more glitter to the ankle straps to give them a bit more life, fill in any missing rhinestones, and add new sequins around the toe border.
Step 2: You can either use the nail polish or the E6000, I prefer to use the nail polish for this part since it is easier to manipulate on a small surface area. Pour some fine flitter in a small pile and grab your nail polish. Paint a small section with nail polish, then take the polish brush and dip it in the glitter. While the polish is still wet, dab it on the shoe and start mixing and painting until you get an even layer of glitter. Or you can always just mix the glitter and polish together, then just go to town painting.
Step 3: Once the straps have dried, begin gluing rhinestones on the platform using the E6000 glue. Repeat this step until you've reach the desired look in mind.
Step 4: Next, time to add the sequins. Grab that good ol' E6000 and put a line of glue along the lining of the foot area, then begin adding sequins one at a time. Some glue will seep out of the middle hole of the sequin, which is fine. If you'd like, you can use that excess glue to paste on a small rhinestone in the middle of the sequin. Using some tweezers will help you have more control over the application process.
Step 4: Allow the glue time to dry, you know the drill...24 to 48 hours. 72 tops. Once everything has dried, try the shoes on to make sure any glitter isn't shedding. If so, go back with the nail polish, use spritz hair spray (make sure it dries hard and clear), or any other clear glue that dries with a slight shine.