Lately I’ve been absolutely loving the bold, new shoes that we’ve been seeing on the runways. The only problem is, while statement-making shoes are fun, I’m just not committed enough to the trend to fork over my credit card. That’s why in today’s DIY I’ll be making these Gucci inspired loafers for less than $15 by showing you how to decorate shoes.
Personally, I love how these loafers turned out. Loud, fashion-forward loafers may not be for everyone, but I love the whole idea of feeling completely dressed up… while wearing comfy, flat shoes. Plus, these bad boys can totally make a pair of distressed jeans and a t-shirt look instantly stylish.
On the craziest mornings, you can throw these on with almost any t-shirt and distressed jeans for your outfit to be instantly elevated. Then, if you want to dress them up, pair these glam loafers with a little black dress for an unexpected twist on a classic outfit. What’s not to love with versatility like that?
So, without further ado, let’s get started……..
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- Plain Loafers
- Gold Acrylic Paint
- Paintbrush Set – This awesome set is ON SALE!
- These Feather Iron-On Patches
- Pearl Sew-On Trim
- E6000 Craft Adhesive
How To Decorate Shoes
I scored these black loafers at Target for just $7 on the clearance rack and they took up valuable space in my closet without getting much love ever since.
Do you have a few pairs of shoes like that too? Just in case you don’t, here’s a few pairs that would be perfect for this project and cost ten dollars or less:
Before we can really get started, you’re going to fold a piece of paper in half. Why? Because we don’t want any gold paint to smudge into the rest of your loafer. Slide your folded paper under any areas that you plan on painting to prevent any excess mess. This will make your project so much easier and eliminate mistakes.
I wanted this part of my shoes to be a bold gold hue, so used several coats of gold metallic paint. Let it dry for about 10 minutes in between coats. Really, it usually took about that long to paint the other shoe so I was able to keep adding paint until it was no longer transparent. When I was done, my shoes looked like this:
Next, I made sure the room was ventilated and opened my E6000 Glue. This stuff is so strong! Seriously, the fumes will make you light-headed if you don’t open a window. It’s great for this project thought because it dries flexible so is perfect for applying all the details that make these shoes special.
After you’ve applied all the details and embellishments you like, let your new shoes dry overnight before wearing. Enjoy!
These shoes are perfect for dressing up a basic outfit and can bring a whole new element of style to an otherwise boring get-up. Plus, they are ridiculously comfortable and cost WAY less than splurging for a designer label.
Thank you SO much for reading this little project. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below!
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