Saturday, August 20, 2011

DIY: Flip-flops Inspired by Prada Creepers (Prada Creepers DIY idea)

OK, so maybe my new flip-flops don't look anything like my inspiration (Prada creepers), but at least I know I will wear these.  The idea originally was to buy some oxford shoes* (maybe like these but cheaper, perhaps thrifted men's brogues), and then attaching two-three layers of colorful flip-flop soles.  Or maybe, I thought, instead of brogues I could even improvise and use something like espadrilles for my top part + flip-flop soles...  Well, turns out I am too chicken to wear something as funky.  So I just settled for Prada inspired flip-flops :(

For this project I used Annie's tips on how to glue the soles together.  I used Shoe-Goo (Walmart) and Old Navy flip-flops.  First, I made three layered ones, but honestly I did not think thongs yielded enough support for such a heavy, bulky bottom.  So second time around I tried only two layers (luckily, ON flip-flops are now on sale for $2.50 a pair).

What you'll need:
two pairs of Old Navy flip-flops
jute or jute-like trimming from JoAnns or M&J Trimming
Shoe-Goo from Walmart
hot glue gun, scissors, palette knife
something heavy such as books, weights or even bricks

Cut the thongs off (except the top pair) and push/pull all the pieces out.  Make sure the surface you are about to glue is oil and dirt free by cleaning it with rubbing alcohol.  Apply a thin layer of Shoe-Goo and spread evenly with an old kitchen knife, palette knife or an old ruler (the glue will wash off if it's still wet).  

Place heavy books, weights or bricks on top and let the glue dry for about 24 hours.

After about 24 hours it will look something like this:

As I said earlier, I first tried three layers, but decided two layers were more practical. 

Using hot glue gun, I next attached jute (or jute-like) trimming just like I did with my duct tape wedges.

And I have just the right scarf to match these beauties instead of Prada boa (again, I have to be practical).

scarf - thrifted from Goodwill

inspiration: Prada creepers (source)

*If there is a brave soul out there who will actually try to DIY Prada creepers by using oxfords/men's brogues, here is a lesson I've learned:  to match the soles to the shape of your shoe you can cut flip-flop soles with a sharp knife (just like Annie did to DIY her platform shoes) but if you do so, make sure to file the cut sides with some sand paper to smooth the rough edges. Also, since brogues have heels you might ask your cobbler to remove them???


  1. Fantastic. It can also be use for other type of shoes. Do you think???

  2. So original. You can also try your original idea with a brogues when fall starts, so you can enjoy the DIY in summer & fall.

  3. Ooh I like the flipflop idea more than creepers actually, fab DIY.

  4. This is such an awesome idea and you've executed it so well! Feeling seriously inspired now to give this a go! Wish I had seen this post when I was in the US so I could have picked up a bunch of Old Navy flip flops! xx

  5. Great DIY project, such a good idea :)

  6. Great idea, actually) I have a pair of old flip flops IU don;t wear anymore, so I'll definitelly gonna try this))

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  7. omg, this is too cool. i wanted the jeffrey campbell ad longs...but they were out of my size. so i searched ebay for an (inspired) el cheapo and bought them. then JC emailed me to say my size was available! these slippers are definitely on my list to try!


  8. You are so amazingly creative. These came out adorable.

  9. This is so great.. what a fab IDEA!!

  10. So much more sensible than the real Prada shoe.

  11. not creepers, just creepy LOL

  12. SO cool. I love how you write these recipes, Maya: it almost gives me the confidence to try this myself! xx

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