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Making your own DIY shoes doesn’t have to be an intimidating process left only for shoe cobblers and professionals. With a few little tweaks and some small tricks, you can transform your old shoes into something you are really excited to slip on in the morning with this quick and easy shoe makeover.

Personally, I love a boho sandal. I love how your shoes can really elevate your entire outfit and these DIY shoes are certainly no exception. While they were just fine before, now they have a whole new boho-chic vibe that is perfect for my next vacation.

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DIY Shoes Supplies

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How To Makeover Your Shoes w/ Embellishments

  1. Start out with some basic, old shoes. I chose these brown wedge heels that I found on sale. I loved how comfortable they were but they lacked personality. Nothing a quick DIY can’t fix!
  2. Take out your tassel trimming and lay it across the top of your shoes. Your trimming will come with a thick, clear thread holding the bottom edge in place. This makes it easier to work with while you are assembling your project and can be removed once your glue is dried. (Check out the video tutorial below to Use scissors to cut off the amount you need. I like to add an extra 1/2″ to my initial measurement if I’m eye-balling it. You can always trim off more but it’s difficult to add a small amount once you’ve made your initial cut.
  3. Apply a thin strip of E6000 Glue to the area you’d like to attach your trimming. Be sure to only apply glue to the top edge of your trimming and open the windows while you’re working with this adhesive.
  4. Secure your trimming in place by pressing your sewing pins into the top braided edge of your trimming. Let your pins stay in place until the glue dries.
  5. If you’d like to add additional trimming (like in the video below) use the same process but skip step 4 if the trimmings stay in place throughout the drying process.
  6. Allow your glue to fully dry for 24 hours before removing the sewing pins and wearing. To clean your new DIY shoes, wipe with a damp towel and spot clean.

diy shoes with no sew embellishments

DIY Shoes Video Tutorial

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