DIY Designer Shoes for the Holidays

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I have been craving everything plaid, tartan and bows since well before Thanksgiving. J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Loft, and so many other brands are just killing the holiday shoe game this year. But this girl is on a budget and can’t splurge $100+ for holiday shoes. So I started doing some research. I found that through the help of shoe clips and shoe bands you can create your own DIY designer shoes for way less! Check out the items you need to make these DIY designer shoes yours this holiday season (and save tons of money).

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Create Your Own DIY Designer Shoes

When it comes to bows and tartan J. Crew takes the cake. While I could’ve bought these shoes on sale during black Friday, I decided to save even more by creating my own. I’m in love with these pairs of tartan shoes they have out right now. I also adore that one of them is a pair of flats. So I took matters into my own hands and made a version of these flats for under $50 using shoe clips!

Create Your Own: Plaid Flats // Shoe Clips

Elevating a pair of shoes with shoe clips is so easy. All you need is a pair of shoes and some clips to easily create a designer pair of shoes. Just clip them onto your shoes and take off running! No glue, no mess, just a simple clip. (It's like clip on earrings, but for your shoes!) You can even try an elastic shoe strap to add a mary jane look to shoes. Try making this pair of designer shoes with shoes clips & black pumps!

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  • MISSMAC IN TX MISSMAC IN TX on Dec 12, 2021

    No need for shoe clips!

    all you need are holiday buttons or small brooches. You can either glue on or pin to the shoe tongue area, utilizing the hardware of the brooch itself.

    If a removable solution is desired, that doesn’t damage the shoe, then making your own shoe clips might make sense. I recommend using a rubber “tooth” coating…available in Home Depot tool section…for dipping hand tools to create hand grips. It will prevent scratch/penetration damage to leather or patent shoes. It was my main complaint about my shoe clips…it required commitment because the prong teeth would damage the shoe!

  • Soni Owens-fogt Soni Owens-fogt on Jan 12, 2022

    Am I missing something? I don't see ant directions.

    • Central Florida Chic Central Florida Chic on Jan 13, 2022

      Hi Soni, Sorry for the confusion. Shoe clips are super easy to use, you just clip them on to your shoes and go! I buy pre-made shoe clips so I don't have to make a mess creating them myself. I hope this helps!