How To: DIY Shoe Makeover
So I have this pair of Madden wedges that are totally cute, but that I never wear. They’re these patent black, peep-toe, slingback, espadrille style wedge.
The dilemma? They don’t have straps, so they slide off easily. The sling back cuts into my heel after an hour or two of wear.
So I decided, with a little prompting from Princess Poochie over at Shoe Daydreams, and my good friend Elle – it was time to make these babies over.
My goal was to give it an espadrille style ankle strap. I wanted something that would be versatile, and had the ability to be styled a number of ways. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and crafts and bought a foot and a half length of approximately 2″ wide black grosgrain ribbon, and a spool of 1/4″ wide, black grosgrain ribbon. The entire project cost approximately $10 (not counting the shoes, which I bought a couple years ago).
First, I cut my wide ribbon to length and pinned it around the back strap (after melting the edges a little with a lighter so they won’t fray) and sewed it on.
I also sewed a loop on the top of the ribbon to string my 1/4″ ribbon through. I cut lengths of the 1/4″ ribbon to size so it’d wrap around my ankle a few times.
So you want to see the finished product? I didn’t tack the ankle strap ribbon down, so I can get in and out of them, and the strap style is versatile. They stay on nicely and look really amazing – like a pair of peep-toe patent espadrille wedges.
They’re totally comfortable, and totally cute. Yay!
For a measly $10: a foot and a half of black 2″ grosgrain ribbon + a spool of black 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon + a pair of shoes I already owned = Instant new shoes.
Have YOU done any do-it-yourself shoe makeovers? How? Good results??