I DIY: Fancy Footwear

Leandra Medine | May 9, 2012

Last week while I was gif-ing together a short post about April showers, May flowers and pilgrims, I came upon an old inspiration photo from Chloe’s FW 2011 runway show. It was in that moment that I took another, you know, moment–so that’s moment on moment, I layer sentiments too–to reflect on the footwear. I couldn’t remember actively spotting the patent pumps clad in large front bow anywhere and that registered weird. So, I called my friend, the interior decorating wiz who pens Sketch 42 because she is one crafty ass hooker and suggested we recreate the shoe. She already had the materials, I just brought the pumps, et voila: easy as pie. Take a look at the process below, just after the jump. The jump? Jump purpose: an act of kindness that rids the opportunity to aesthetically assassinate your computer screen with extensive photos of hot glue guns, suede tape and some weird me.

   Step breakdown, here’s #1: the aforementioned weird me, right this way. Here we also have: burgundy leather tape around my neck, a hot glue gun ready to shoot. Bing bang boom. Dangerous combination of objects in my presence but I’m still alive and that is telling. Figure you’ll need about three feet of fabric so to perfect the bows.
…And then you glue the burgundy leather tape to the heel of your resurrected black patent leather pump. I used a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps–the glue detaches easily–but the shoe you decide to use can really run the gamut. I’d even go so far as to buy a new pair from say, Payless should you have separation issues with whatever exists in your closet currently. Now, glue that shit to the cusp of the heel to make the inevitable bow tying somewhat more seamless. Tie your bow. And…

Ta da. That’s it, that’s the whole thing. Have you ever, ever, ever in your long legged life seen a DIY that simple? And the beauty of this is that we’re not necessarily offending any designer and knocking off magic for less, no sir. More like, recreating a void and offering a solution. Next week: Birkins. Just kidding.
For photograph sake, here’s me on a stationary bicycle, part I.
And part II. This one says, I’m so happy there are bows glued to my feet, and I want the left and right sides of my world to know it. Feast your eyes on these hot chicks.

And finally, one close look at the finished product. Easy as pie, fun as Christmas. Christian Louboutin pumps, Cut 25 trench coat, Commes des Garcons t-shirt, Acne jeans, Dannijo necklace. All photos by Sketch 42’s Nicole.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02532025846080696690 Xoxo ☺

    Funky cool! Xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03214757145422185440 britta

    wow! must be nice to have Louboutins to DIY with!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07743445436045229956 Elise and Margot

    might try this, not with Louboutins though 🙂

    x For Happy Days

  • http://www.ourwanderingminds.com Wandering Minds

    Very well done! I'd love to try but I think I'd just make a mess of perfectly good shoes.


    Wandering Minds clothing


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06082917538862403026 Allegra

    I've been just thinking of doing something like that today!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00200817566554453809 Natasha Fatah

    Great idea girl! Easy breezy!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10173800024702128610 The Antifash

    Super cool. I DIY'd the Wang Simona a few weeks ago. I haven't worn them out just yet but my furniture sure does get a kick out of them when I'm twirling around the house!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12463023121697072678 Tinacious Me

    very creative! you are too cute!
    Tina @ Tinacious.Me

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00958740509048507614 Monse Fuentes
  • Anonymous
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00658307537388232224 Natali

    They look super fantastic on you!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03201766713620454961 RHODA

    they look so cute & fun! great idea & DIY (:


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14864844331543772335 shelby lindblad

    love it! do more DIY posts!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09433862520907188387 LSD

    Very creative! More DIY posts please !


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16722871135707426250 Le Chic World

    Love this!!!!! So chic and inexpensive!!

    Check out my Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia coverage on my blog

    Monica xo


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10683785954322145929 July


    love this red colour


    tnx for inspiration:)

  • Anonymous

    You are so CrEaTiVe!!! Tell us your secret.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00410301846728809377 Lisa

    so cute and girly! i'd be to nervous to try it with louboutins, but they are gorgeous!
    in dramatic fashion

  • http://allherlove.wordpress.com/ allherlove

    I love the shoes! And… I have that bike. I like to wear black and white while riding it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10536244216664912207 Sketch42

    I just want to add in that you can't really ruin the louboutins because the glue peels right off the patent leather without damaging it! So it looks much scarier than it is… Such an easy DIY and so fun! Thanks for a great day Leandra!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05329196451830464702 Dominika



  • http://www.vibekeo.femelle.no Vibeke

    Oh my god, HOW COOL!! You just made my day guapa 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03478806963221576991 Fashionista

    amazing ideia!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06569563852426205282 Aurélie and Angelo

    This is insane!!! Love it! X


  • http://www.spontaneouschick.com/category/fashion-blog/ Aleya Bamdad

    Great idea.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15641125366885202769 Lela

    LOVE this. I just did a DIY embellished sunglasses tutorial which you may like? — http://youtu.be/hW4B4mwj6J8?hd=1


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03034759757650110711 Xeana

    Great idea. The bows looks very nice!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15037990856185460889 Yuka
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17847162552898441171 nadja

    amazing idea

  • Nicole

    I feel awful doing this again, but a few errors:

    "that my mother has *had* bought me for my 19th birthday but the shoe you decide to use can really run the gamut. I'd even go so far as to buy a new pair from say, Payless should you have separation issues with whatever exists in your closely *closet* currently."

    That's a really neat idea though!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13248457257839392171 Nuit Hernandez

    FRIGGIN genius!!!

  • http://seaandswank.com/ Susie

    love this idea. not sure i'd sacrifice louboutins for it though – would def need to start with something at the lower end of the spectrum and hit up Payless as you suggest.

    Sea and Swank

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    brilliant bow idea!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15191989499526879770 Holly

    Um, brilliant. I may have to steal this and post on my own blog (with proper credit, of course… though then it won't be stealing…)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16470560341150718917 Nathan Moy

    so cute! it actually looks like it's part of ur shoe! lol love ur humor and style!!!

    xx nathan.niche


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17148111062292591902 Adelina Alexander

    What a brilliant idea! I love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10941820965702663952 B.Weber

    Love it. Doing it. Thanks for the idea.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08288180388103391807 alexsandra g.

    That's so cool! Thanks for sharing.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    Not sure how you make this outfit work but this is stunning. Oh yeah, nice DIY too. Shall be tried.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04881981271618042005 Shoe.Gal

    My heart almost stopped when I saw what shoe was being used.

  • http://wwww.cut25.com lou

    i love your outfit !!!! thats so funny, i discovered cut25 store (129 GRAND STREET) few months ago and got addicted to the look of the brand. i have the same trench and thank you for rocking it, gives me more idea how to style it !!!

  • Anonymous

    Sick trench! Gonna go to Cut25 to get my own–I've been needing a transitional piece for this finicky weather!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10909683018951592597 Kate

    Wow, love it! These shoes are amazing! Love the photos of you haha. x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

    super cool idea, they look so similar!


  • Anonymous

    Next week: Birkins. Hahaha…

  • Anonymous

    Just last week I was considering giving my black patent pumps away or selling them on ebay. They looked so dusty and unloved… But no more! Suede tape shopping this weekend, WOOHOOO!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09532085311666323018 FRANNY

    Love the Trench from Cut25 its great you can also wear it as a dress the sleeves are removable!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06502998148007689018 Romina C.

    Nice DIY, I love the result!

    x Romi

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02174013063564755743 patricia



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00895152914452877928 Ms.Fashionista

    super interesting DIY! i never thought of doing something for christmas in may, but that is my fave holiday so woo! the pilgrim style is a sort of cool weird style. i would wear it but a bit toned down with more earthy prints. love your trench too! so much like burberry.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10659735586043641198 ROULA
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08625704898441531742 Mickey Lynn Jewelry

    So cute! Will definitely be trying!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate
  • http://www.ebay.com/sch/jusnuts/m.html?_nkw&_armrs=1&_from&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3692 vain319

    love the idea,but my heart stopped for your Louboutins…

  • http://servinupstyle.blogspot.com servinupstyle

    This is such a good idea! I think I'm going to try this on black flats so that I can wear them to school! Ahh so excited…and it looks so easy as well!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    The glue detaches easy! We did test runs.

  • http://carethewear.wordpress.com Cristián Pavez Díaz

    Nice ideas!! It's quite hard to find perfect shoes right from the stores.
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15953401769919270897 Vale ♥

    Love your DIY and your pics, you're always great ! Your blog is so inspiring !
    Greetings from Italy

    Fashion and Cookies

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09244795452797117706 Julie D.

    Love the result… and even more than the original (shhh). It's like pretty packaging for your feet.

    I seriously have to try this asap! Except with a pair from payless like you said (definitely can't afford CLs let alone ruining them with a sloppy glue gun job).

    <3 Hudson East

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00659985784634120551 Marie-Eve

    Looks amazing ! I have a pair of heels that are in serious need of an uplift ! But man are you courageous, I would have been sooooo afraid to ruin a pair of loubs with the glue gun !

    My Blog – A Pretty Nest – Check out my new DIY project !

  • Anonymous

    Really? you couldn't send that in an email or let her catch that on her own? -____-

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06237339378013084155 Eat.Style.Play

    Glue from a glue gun isn't that harsh, i've detached things to my shoes and pulled them off before. Bows and things.

  • http://amomentinstyle.com sabrina strelitz

    Love it, but I dont think I'll be doing that to my louboutins, maybe a shoe I'm less emotionally attached too!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05567221896875386435 Izael Garrido

    Looks easy and when is over looks cool on you! great post, very original

  • Anonymous

    Oh, good god, why even bother? How utterly patronising to manrepeller and other readers. We can all spot grammatical mistakes ourselves, thank you, but the rest of us are too well-mannered to post a comment about it.

    Get a hobby.

  • http://www.cheapbeatsearphones.com alexand

    Nice DIY,like it very much!

  • http://wnyfashion.blogspot.com WNY

    Haha, you are so funny! Love those photo's!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15994112162655490024 Dale Janeé

    So creative and fun! Love these

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15664502134805475932 Her Persona
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    i can't believe you used louboutins, but the shoes do look pretty cool


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10449926366416486263 Welcome to Sienna Bacall. This is my style my view

    Hot glued the loubs huh? I like it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    Love the way the shoes turned out but I don't think I could ever do that to Louboutins!


  • http://www.aidylpaidyl.blogg.no Lydia

    Ok, give me a pair of Louboutins and I'll try.. Haha no but a pretty good idea!

    – L

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    Co sign! We did several test runs before committing to the shoe.

  • Anonymous

    This is a fabulous look! I'm trying it with black satin bows and some knee highs ASAP. Also, the Cut25 trench looks so chic on you. I tried it on for the first time yesterday and I love that it can be a safari shirt dress, too.

  • Nicole

    I really don't think it's that big of a deal. I'm an editor, I catch these things on a daily basis. I've corrected her before on a different post and she responded with appreciation for the catch. Everyone makes mistakes–and I was just trying to be helpful.

  • http://gine.ch/ Gine

    I love the idea! I am thinking of embellishing my boots for fall….


  • RedsBoutique

    Gorg idea!! Let’s talk layers http://goo.gl/LjfUH