Monday, December 6, 2010

DIY: Christian Louboutin red soled shoes

my DIY Louboutins

what you will need:
guinea pig black suede shoes (mine came from Payless last year)
black zipper trim from JoAnns or any other craft store (i bought a yard but really did not use it all)
red acrylic paint from any craft store
Mod-Podge - matte finish
medium brush, hot glue gun, scissors and cigarette lighter

1.  measure shoe area you want to embellish.  unlike the original i decided to cover heels and the rest of the shoe all the way up.  mine was 17 cm (sorry, i often revert to metric as that's what i am used to).
2.  then i cut four pieces of zipper trim each measuring 17 cm long.
3.  i trimmed the black fabric part of the zipper so it would look neater on my shoes and lightly burned the edges to prevent fraying (step#3 is totally optional)

4.  hot glue the above mentioned pieces to your shoes one by one.
5.  paint the sole in red in 2-3 layers of acrylic paint and of course let it dry in between the layers (preferably somewhere away from children's curious fingers).  i am not patient for masking tape so i did not use it.

6.  finally seal the paint job with a layer of Mod-Podge and- behold: my new Louboutins!  i decided to stop here.  if you prefer you can attach a cute little charm or even a tassel to the top of the zipper trim.

i will post more pictures soon.  this close-up shows all the imperfections but i promise you can't see them from just a few feet away.  tomorrow i am taking these babies on a road test.  what do you think? 


  1. OMG! You are a genius! Do you think you could do this to a kitten heel pump or only killer high heels?

  2. You are becoming a real expert in DIY. Must try!!!!

  3. I had to laugh when I saw your drying the shoes on the handles, that must have taken some balencing!! The zip looks good but I think I would have gone with electric blue for the soles myself so they looked more original, I will be interested to learn how well the paint stays on after wearing them too.
    I was thinking about you the other day actually!! I got this coat from Lanvin H&M and it is double brested military style, it has the traditional big brass buttons at the top but then at the bottom they have used differnt buttons, it looks really cool and I though it would be such an easy DIY. xx

  4. I love this DIY, it's a great idea and the result rocks !

  5. That is so cool! I can't wait to see them with your outfits!!!

    Love your whole DIY section - started perusing it after reading this - I love what you come up with!

  6. Can't wait to see your post with the heels. Great idea! you might like blue collar catwalk blog..she took the pockets from thrifted boy scout shorts and applied them to a blazer and it looked fantastic..I think her inspiration was a Louis Vuitton blazer she she made her own version...I LOVE DIY!

  7. These are fantastic! Your DIY ideas and skills are inspiring.

  8. This is fantastic!! I love the way they turned out!

  9. Hot! Hot! Hot! You simply MUST link this project to one of the fab parties I sent you before! Get your fabulous name out there!




    Do I have your PERMISSION to take this shot, post it on my sideboard with a credit of course, and link to this post and call it 'DIY tip of the week?'

    Hell - scratch that - let's make it DIY tip of 2010!! Brilliant. This is the first chance I've had to visit yours or anyone's blog in the past few days. xx

  11. p.s. How's this for a wild coincidence? Tala, the lovely young woman who I shot - along with my friend Natayla - in the My WArdrobe shoot yesterday, just did this post:

  12. OMG!! This is an amazing DIY! I never, ever in a million years would have thought of this but it is so easy to do and cheap too! Love it. Thanks for sharing. - Katy

  13. this is so cool! Even if I don't get round to attaching zips and all that jazz I'm going to be painting the soles of my shoes, I might even experiment with prints - leopard soles anyone?
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. You seriously have some creativity going on!
    Love this project!!

  15. The end result of these is super cute!! Great idea and great job!!

  16. Wow! I love it - great job! I will have to try this out!

  17. So I was reading all the blog posts I've been neglecting over break, and came across these.... SO AWESEOME. You replicated those killer heels pretty well. I kind of want to do that myself sometime....

  18. Has already been said but I'll say it again, you're a genius ! Love it and I saw the neon sole shoes too, fab

  19. I actuallly own the realll pair love them <3

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