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Out of all the DIY fashion projects I’ve made, upcycling shoes has always been a go-to project for me. I never really realized how many pairs I’ve glued, decoupaged, beaded, stitched, or painted until I made this graphic– most of the projects above are mine. (I can’t decide if all those projects were time well-spent or just spent time? :)) Maybe the real explanation is that Imelda Marcos is one of my long-lost eighth cousins or something and my problem is hereditary… Ha. I doubt the long-lost relations theory as much as I doubt that my shoe projects will stop anytime soon. 😉
1. Anthropologie-Inspired Scarf Flats: Use a vintage scarf to make a bow on a pair of flats.
2. Floral Fabric Boots, via A Beautiful Mess: With some fabric, glue, and some Mod Podge, you can make a pair of weathered boots look new again. 🙂 (PS– A Beautiful Mess is one of the best DIY blogs around.)
4. Chanel-Inspired Cap-Toe Wedges: A simple DIY with fabric paint.
5. Anthropologie Dipped Skimmers: Not a DIY (yet) but take a pair of flats and paint the toes yellow for a more budget-friendly option.
6. Painted Converse Sneakers: Favorite pair of sneakers looking a little drab? Paint them!
7. DIY Jeffrey Campbell “Tick” Shoes: You only need thumbtacks, a pair of wedges, some paint, and glue!
10. Scalloped Leather Boots: Use some leather scraps and some superglue to upcycle a pair of boots.
12. Beaded Cowboy Boots: Add some spunk to a pair of cowboy boots with some seed beads.
13. DIY Button Heels: One of my oldest DIYs– and a favorite. 🙂 Take some vintage buttons, a needle, and a thimble. (A thimble is very necessary for this project unless you want some wounded thumbs. :))
14. Magazine Collage Shoes: To make these shoes you can use either Mod Podge or Shoe Goo to make a collage stick to your shoes. I used Shoe Goo on this pair because it is more flexible than Mod Podge. Honestly, when I made these shoes it was one of my first experiences with decoupage techniques. I do recommend Shoe Goo, though. It is good stuff. 🙂