Glitter Shoes

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hold onto your ruby slippers Dorothy, for glitter shoes are in demand right now, as seen here, here and here.

From the most expensive designer labels, ethical brands, through to the high street, here are some shiny kicks found on the net, clockwise from top left:

1. Christian Louboutin, glitter-finish multi-strap sandals, $1,095 from net-a-porter
2. Miu Miu Glitter Oxford's $595 from Barneys
3. TOMS 'Classic' Glitter Slip-On (for women) $54 from Toms
4. Multi glitter platform shoes GBP £36 from Dorothy Perkins

Before parting ways with your hard earned cash to cover your feet with glitter footwear, consider this; you could try creating your own glitter shoes for next to nothing. All you need are shoes that fit you, either from your own wardrobe, or second hand, a bit of preparation, some glue, and a tube of glitter from your local craft shop or dollar store.

Here are some DIY projects found on the net:

DIY SCHUH Prince Court High Heels, Glittered by aaatikue

DIY Glitter flats by wearenotmartha

Now, I can't really see myself wearing a pair of glitter shoes for everyday, or evening wear for that matter. However, when it comes to tap dancing, this is a completely different story. Why not bling up my otherwise boring pair of dance shoes?

My tap shoes were originally purchased second-hand (of course) on eBay last year.

Tap shoes from planet dull

I tried using Mod Podge to glue glitter to my shoes, but found after my first night of tapping, the glitter layer cracked, and peeled off. Asking my dance instructor for advice, apparently the best method is to use methylated spirit to remove the shine first, use a glue called gemstone, and finish off with a sealant spray/lacquer.

"Ta-dah" tap-shoes!

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DIY glitter shoes are a much cheaper alternative to buying a brand new pair, don't you think? Have you tried glittering your own kicks yet, or would you rather see this trend left in the land of Oz?


my thrifty closet said...

what an awesome idea! Why didn't I think of that? haha..


JeTaimeVintage said...

I so want to try that with patterns, wish i had more free time. I love playing with glitter-great inspiration again!

Body Farm said...

great post, now i'm off to dig through my closet for a pair i can bedazzle!!

Peta said...

they turned out great!

Ky said...

I have to say, I've been meaning to do this exact thing to old shoes for about a year now. Who new I was actually being fashionable with that idea. I'm going to have to get on it now.
Oh, and I would wear a pair of shoes like that during the day. Hehehehehehe.

Dogstar Bazaar said...

Glitter makes me smile full stop!

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