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Easy DIY Fringe Heel makeoever. How to refashion your shoes with boho embellishments

There’s something sooo fun about slipping on a pair of new shoes right? I swear nothing elevates a look or brings an outfit together quite like the right shoe. But what if your bank account won’t quite accommodate yet another shoe purchase? Or what if you don’t feel like dragging the kids out shopping again? 

That’s where today’s DIY high heel refashion comes in. In just a few minutes and with almost zero supplies, you can be sliding on a new pair of fringe heels that make you want to dance no matter wherever you find yourself.

Heel makeoever. How to refashion your shoes with boho fringe

High Heel Shoe Refashion Supplies:

Heel makeover. How to refashion your shoes

How To Make DIY Fringe Heels

Since the shoes I’ll be using have a suede lace detail (see the tutorial here) I needed to remove that before beginning this project. You’ll want your shoes to be as basic and possible to give you a clean slate to work with.

Heel makeover. How to refashion your shoes with E6000 glue

Then, crack a window (since the smell of this glue is strong) and apply a thin strip all the way around the mouth of your shoe where you want your fringe to go. The glue we’ll be using in todays tutorial creates a permanent bond so you won’t need to worry about any trimming coming loose while your dancing the night away in them afterwards. 

Fringe High Heel makeoever. How to refashion your shoes with boho embellishments..

Tip: While the glue is drying, it may be convenient to use sewing clips or even paperclips to hold the ends of your fringe trimming in place.

Next, it’s time to take out your basic sewing kit and apply some decorative beading to the front. Since your heels will likely be thick near the mouth of the shoe, I recommend using a thimble to help press the needle through the edge. 

Fringe High Heel makeover. How to refashion your shoes with boho embellishments!

To make your trimming even more secure, push your hand sewing needle through the final few threads of your trimming and knot the threads to secure. Then, begin sliding a wooden bead onto your thread, back into your shoes, and out again before attaching another wooden bead. This prevents your beads from sliding around while your shoe is on and creates a more finished look overall. 

Fringe High Heel makeoever. How to refashion your shoes with boho embellishments

When your beads are applied and you like the overall look of your new DIY high heels, it’s time to trim the fringe near the toe-side of your shoe. I kept mine relatively long so it would be more fun and dramatic but trimmed it down just enough to avoid getting dirty as I walked. 

When I was done, my shoes looked like this:

Fringe Heel makeoever. How to refashion your shoes with boho embellishments

I really loved how this shoe refashion turned out and I hope you liked it too! Sometimes it really doesn’t take that long to bring new life to an old item in your closet. Yesterday, these shoes were almost never worn and now, they make me dance a little (totally unintentionally) when I walk and always brightens my day.

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No sew DIY Fringe Heel makeoever. How to refashion your shoes with boho embellishments

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Lisa Mecham

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