Dress to Impress (for Less), Gen DIY-er, Thriftster weddings

Shoe bling

Need some fancy-schmancy shoes for a special occasion? Instead of buying a new pair, why not invest in some shoe bling?

Thanks to the T-bar design, I’m able to add some sparkle to my ballroom shoes with brooches from Diva:

For T-bar-less shoes, try shoe clips from eBay or Etsy.

If brooches and shoe clips are too big an investment, make your own shoe bling. I attempted Green Wedding Shoes’ ‘DIY: Pretty Shoes‘; it’s a simple procedure that requires very little skill and is easy to pull apart if you stuff up the first time. 

To be extra thrifty, I didn’t buy fabric or fishing line but used what I had around the house: a damaged chiffon scarf and some white thread. I also sealed the raw edges with heat and hand-stitched the fabric so that it kept a neat accordion shape.

When dressing up your shoes, choose bling that is reversible to increase the versatility and/or life of the shoe. Tie a bit of ribbon, attach a string of beads, or make your own shoe clips. Here are some (p)inspirational examples I didn’t prepare earlier (thankyou interwebs!):

Ribbon trick.
A Pair and A Spare’s DIY Burberry-esque tribal heels. Click on the image for the tutorial.
Add a bit of fluoro to your shoe. Unlike some other stuff on the web, Make It and Fake It’s neon blue is removable. Click on the image for the tutorial.
DIY Satin Bows a la Viktor Rolf from Make It and Fake It. Click on the image for the tutorial.
Honestly WTF converts clip-on earrings into shoe clips. Click on the image for the tutorial.
A Pair and A Spare’s DIY rope heels. Click on the image for the tutorial.
Made by Girl adds some sequinned bows. Click on the image for a tutorial.
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