Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Guest Post - A Quick And Easy DIY Soleful Makeover

I am opening up occasional guest blogging oppoerunities, and when Jill from The Shoe Whore approached me, I loved her idea so much that I am opening it up as an occasional feature. So if you would like to write something similar and be featured on Shoeniverse then email me and let me know!

A Quick And Easy DIY Soleful Makeover

That coveted red sole *sigh*. You know what I’m talking about. It just screams class, comfort, and of course, the dolla dolla bills; the infamous Louboutin shoe bottom.

Sadly, not all of us can shell out thousands on shoes but if you are a savvy saver, why not create it yourself and hold onto some of that hard earned money of yours!
Not interested in red soles? Well, fret not DIY divas, I’ve got a few more soleful makeovers you can try!

A great way to makeover an old pair of shoes is to buy some paint or dye and try something new. Just like your hair, a little colour can make a really big difference.

The process is easy:

1. Start by cleaning your pair of shoes. If you plan on painting the under-sole you have to make sure there’s not dirt or grime that is going to prevent the paint from going on smoothly.

2. Once those babies are all cleaned up, grab a clear primer and go over the entire area you want to paint. Primer will help the paint to stick and give the shoe a better over all look.

3. It’s a little on the slow side but the shoes need to dry so grab a movie, some dinner, hang with some friends, just be sure you let them fully dry before moving on to the next step.

4. You’ve picked out your colour so now it’s time to trade in those oldies for a new, hip look. Paint the primed shoe and re-apply coats depending on your preferences.

5. A word to the wise, leaving your shoes overnight to dry will ensure they are fully dried and ready to hit the town in!

If painting isn’t really your thing, or you already have a pair of shoes that you love but just want to add a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to, how about bedazzling or bejeweling.

Now, I am fully aware that the term “bedazzle” can often be synonymous with tacky, but I’ve got a great way for you to add a little sparkle to your shoe and still come off classy.

You may have noticed that spikes are huge this season. I’ve seen them all over the UK, Italy and even North America is catching on.

And a good spike here and there can seriously add some personality to an otherwise boring pair of shoes.

Wanna get the look for less? Here’s what you need:

- Spikes, which you can find at any arts and craft store
- Glue Gun
- Your creativity!

Then just follow these quick and easy steps:

1. Be sure that your shoes are clean. Like priming your face before makeup, a clean surface always turns out better.

2. This look is best when you focus on the back of the heel, rather than the entire shoe, but by all means do what you please. Use your glue gun to apply glue to the backs of the spikes and then place firmly in position on your shoe.

3. If you want those babies to stick, I suggest step 3 is to hold those spikes firmly in place until the glue starts to set.

4. Continue your design and once it’s all finished, it’s time to take a nap, do a chore, or have a big ol' glass of wine because those shoes are going to need time to dry.

If spikes aren’t the look you’re going for, try colour jewels or rhinestones; whatever your little heart desires. That’s the best part about a DIY; you can personalize it to your taste, all while saving that cash money!

Et voila, two quick and easy DIY tricks to give those old soles a hot new makeover! So what are you waiting for? Get to struttin'!


Jill is a shoe bloggin' babe who writes about, what else, SHOES! From reviewing different styles of shoes, such as the Calvin Klein Sandie, to providing her readers with handy DIY tips and tricks, her blog is an one-stop-shop for all things shoes!

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