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Don’t you just love how a little shoe detail always creates a massive impact on how you feel about basic old shoes? This week, I’ll be giving some black suede shoes a total boho makeover with a step by step shoe refashion.

I love the lace up detail and the pop of color with the tassels!

Lace Up Boho Shoe Refashion Full DIY Tutorial

You can do this shoe refashion with any suede shoes but I love the classic silhouette of a basic wedge. Wedge heels seem to always be comfortable and still create the illusion of a taller, slimmer silhouette. That’s a win win!

Here are a few inexpensive options just in case you don’t have any in your closet already:

How to Add Lace Up Details To Your Heels

This DIY is ridiculously simple and adds a little whimsy and burst of color to a dark, winter closet. They compliment any skirt style and elevate skinny jeans without sacrificing comfort.

For this shoe refashion DIY, I used some plain black wedge heels that were just taking up space in my closet before. Any color or finish of shoe will work, but keep in mind that this tutorial will be slightly more difficult if the shoes are lined with a netted fabric.

Shoe Makeover. Fashion DIY Lace Up Boho Tassel Heels

Shoe Refashion Supplies:

Click any aff. link below to get everything you need to complete this tutorial without adding extra errands to your day!

  1. Plain Heels. See the inexpensive ideas above if you need some.
  2. Leather Hole Punch – This one is ON SALE!
  3. 2 Yards Deerskin Cord
  4. Embroidery Floss
  5. Scissors
  6. Business card (to use as a tassel template)

The Steps:

Shoe Makeover. Fashion DIY Lace Up Boho Heels

Step 1: Punch Holes

Punch holes around each shoe opening. I measured 3″ from the back seam to the first hole and then punched holes every 1 1/2 inches until I came to the center front of the shoe opening.

DIY Fashion Lace Up Leather Shoe Refashion

Step 2: Cut Leather Cording

Cut your deerskin leather cording in half to create two long, equal sections.

DIY Fashion Lace Up Boho Shoe Refashion

Step 3: Lace Leather Through Holes

Starting at the center front of your heel, pull your leather cord half way through. From there, continue lacing the cord all the way up the front of your shoe, crossing back and forth to create a uniform pattern.

DIY Lace Up Shoe Makeover

Step 4: Make Tassels and Attach

Following my simple instructions from an earlier blog post HERE, create tassels for your shoes using embroidery thread and a business card.  If you want a longer tassel, wrap your thread length-wise around your business card rather than width-wise.

Tie your tassels to the end of your leather cord and slip your new shoes on! Now wasn’t that easy?

DIY Fashion Lace Up Boho Shoe Refashion Full Tutorial

Tip: I love this particular tutorial because once you’ve created one lace-up shoe refashion, you can always switch out the color of suede cord and create multiple looks from a single pair of shoes. This comes in extra handy when you’re traveling so you can match several different outfits.

I hope you guys liked this simple little shoe refashion! As always, if you have any questions while you are making this (or any tutorials from Creative Fashion Blog) please don’t hesitate to let me know! I love hearing from you guys and helping out wherever I can!

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