It was love at first sight when I spotted some glitter heels in my favorite magazine but after making my own Jimmy Choo inspired DIY glitter heels, I am now OBSESSED. Let me shoe you (haha, get it “shoe – show”) how to recreate these designer heels for a fraction of the price!
The last time I owned glittered dress shoes was early in my marriage, I remember walking into a restaurant while another couple was leaving and overheard them saying, “did you see those shoes? They are amazing”. It was the coolest thing ever because they were brand new and I felt so fashion forward.
Years later, I donated those shoes and started my family. Having 2 daughters meant that red glitter ballet flats were a MUST HAVE in our home. Now that they are getting older, they have ditched the glitter shoes entirely. Ironically, it’s the same time that I am fiercely embracing it once again, along with so many of my favorite designers like, Badgley Mischka, Kate Spade and the very fabulous, Jimmy Choo. You cannot go wrong with my friend Jimmy, am I right? Naturally, when I saw those genius-ly glittered heels, I wept with joy. Well, that’s being over dramatic but I did shout: HECK YES (insert hands in the air emoji).
But before there is judgment, because glitter can sometimes get a bad rap, these are notoriously classic brands producing these show stopper heels. I am just following their lead and jumping on the glitter trend. ESPECIALLY because the holiday season will be here faster than a bullet train and I want to enjoy the ride and frankly you should, too! These will make the perfect holiday and date night ensemble companion. With that said let’s this show on the road!
Jimmy Choo Inspired DIY Glitter Heels Supplies:
- Clean Pair of Pumps (I had an old suede pair.)
- Darice Glitter (LOTS of it!)
- Darice Paint Brush
- Used Paper, Old Plastic Bags or Paper Towels
Step 1.The shoes I used were a faux suede pump. If you do not have a suede heel to work with, any shoe should be fine. If the pump does not have a fabric or suede surface, you might have to rough up the outside so the glue can have something to grab hold of. For example, a faux leather heel will need to be slightly sanded without, of course, destroying the integrity of the shoe.
Step 2. Start by filing your shoe with either used paper, old plastic bags, paper towels, or something you do not mind getting dirty so that you can control where the glue lands. I didn’t want to accidentally get glue inside my heel and then have glitter attach to it because I assume it would be super itchy.
Step 5. Let your DIY glitter heels dry for 24 hours – do not put them on. But instead place them someplace where you can admire your handy work – they are the happiest shoes. I actually had them in my windowsill over my sink – it made the dishes visually more fun, ha!
Step 6. Do a test drive in those babies and go get the mail or take a quick walk to the car and back.
- Did the glitter chip off?
The glue may have been too thick. But do not worry.
Removed the chipped pieces, and repeat steps: 2, 3 & 4.
This happened to me and it’s an easy fix.
- Did you miss a spot?
Again, totally fixable. Dab a little more glue and glitter it up.
- Is it leaving glitter wherever you go?
It might at first but you can always seal in the glitter with a thin top coat of glue.
Like most glitter shoes, there will be some wear and tear. There was nothing sadder in my home than a pair of glitter flats that lost their sparkle, HOWEVER, this is a thing of the past in your case because touching them up will be a breeze! I plan on wearing these as often as I can this season, I never need a reason to sparkle and neither will you, ha!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a glamorous day! Traveling with your new DIY glitter heels? You may want to store them in a protective way so that the glitter does not get on any of your other belongings. Check out this shoe bag DIY tutorial for the idea.
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Riva Juarez is the creative mind behind the popular DIY fashion blog, RivaLaDiva.com. Her easy-to-follow tutorials for everything from couture knock-offs to popular hairstyles to affordable beauty and skincare tips have continually earned her a spot as a featured blogger on nationally-recognized craft, fashion and sewing sites since she started in 2013. A Las Vegas native and sewing junkie, she now creates her own sunshine in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, 4 children and many umbrellas.