How to DIY Gorgeous Louboutin Dupe Heels

Fashion Attack
by Fashion Attack
10 Materials
1 Hour

Do you have a tired pair of pumps collecting dust on your closet floor?

Follow along with this simple tutorial to learn how to turn that old pair of pumps into these fabulous Christian Louboutin dupe shoes. These will cost just a fraction of the designer price tag.

Let’s go, DIY army!

Tools and materials:

  • Pumps to upcycle (should be with skinny heels and pointed toes)
  • Mod Podge 
  • Glitter in blue, pink and silver 
  • Painter's tape 
  • Precision knife
  • Small paintbrush
  • Red acrylic leather paint
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard for work surface
  • Clear spray paint
Inspiration photos

1. Tape your shoes

Before we can begin painting the heels, cover your pumps with painter's tape to avoid getting the red paint anywhere besides the bottoms of the shoes.

Also, I recommend that you begin working on top of a large piece of cardboard because with the paint and glitter, it’s bound to get messy.

Taping shoes

Make small rips in the tape as you work around the curved shape of the shoe.

Taping shoes

Once you’ve covered around the main part of the shoe, begin covering the heel itself with tape, leaving the inside vertical piece uncovered.

Taping shoes

When your pumps look like this, you’ll be ready to start painting:

Fully taped shoe

2. Paint 2 coats of red on the bottoms of the pumps

Using a small paintbrush, apply 2 coats of red paint.

Painting soles red

I know as you’re painting this, you’re probably thinking that it’s going to tear off right away, but it won’t!

Obviously, after wearing them a bunch of times, the color will fade, but that’s true of the originals as well.

DIY red soles

After you let it dry, go ahead and paint the second coat. 

DIY red soles

3. Remove the tape

Once the second coat of paint is completely dry, carefully remove the tape.

Removing the tape

It’s starting to look really chic!

DIY red soles

4. Tape the insides of pumps

Before applying the glitter, tape the inside of the pumps so that they stay untouched.

Taping shoes

5. Tape the red bottoms

Now, so as not to ruin the beautifully painted bottoms, cover also with painter's tape. 

Taping shoes

Once you get to the pointed toe, cut the tape with scissors to match the shape.

Taping shoes

Don’t forget to tape the inside, red part of the heel as well. Use scissors again to help get the exact shape.

Taping shoes

The little, bottom part of the heel should also remain black, so cover that with tape too.

Taping shoes

6. Mix the glitter

In a small container, mix the pink, blue and silver glitter.

This combination is what I found to best match the shade of glitter of the original Louboutin glitter heels.

Mixing glitter

7. Apply Mod Podge to the parts without tape

Using your cleaned paintbrush, apply Mod Podge to one main part on one side of the pumps where you want the glitter to stick.

Don’t apply all the Mod Podge at once, because then it might start to dry before you get a chance to add the glitter.

Applying Mod Podge

8. Add the glitter

Now it’s time to sprinkle on the glitter to adhere to the Mod Podge. 

Adding glitter

9. Apply more Mod Podge and glitter

Begin a new, bare section, starting with Mod Podge and continuing with the glitter.

Adding glitter

Besides keeping tidy, another perk to working over cardboard is that you can save some of the glitter that falls off.


Pouring glitter back into container

10. Repeat for the other side of the pump

Now that one side is complete, follow the same process for the other side of the pump.

Adding glitter

11. Fill in

Once both sides are basically finished, go back and fill in any parts that remained bare. 

Adding glitter

Here’s what happens when you don’t apply that second round of tape before applying the Mod Podge and glitter:

Glitter on soles

12. Seal the glitter, then remove tape

To make sure the glitter doesn’t fall right off, seal it on your Louboutin dupes with clear spray paint. First remove the tape and spray away!

Removing tape

Spraying Christian Louboutin dupe shoes

Let them dry, and then try on your Christian Louboutin dupe shoes! 

Completed Christian Louboutin dupe shoes

Louboutin dupes

With the winter holidays approaching, these gorgeous DIY Louboutin dupes will bring the sparkle to all the parties. Show us your DIY glitter heels in the comments below.

For more designer DIYs, check out my post on Learn to DIY and Amazing Alexander Wang T-Shirt.

Suggested materials:
  • Pumps to upcycle (should be with skinny heels and pointed toes)
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter in blue, pink and silver
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Join the conversation
  • Jodi Jodi on Nov 22, 2022

    Love the after! And this is terrific since Louboutins (and any quality dress shoes) are outrageously priced.

    Angelus has a specific paint just for the bottoms of dress shoes called "Walk On Red" and it's incredible! Great to use for your Louboutin dupes.

  • Marie Marie on Dec 06, 2022

    I just have to comment about the beautiful heels! I'm 78 years young and I did a similar glitter painting on my skinny spike heels when I was 19. A year before, I had bought a gorgeous pair of black Patten leather, pointed toe spike heels with a flower embroideredon the top. After wearing them for a year, they were starting to look a bit old. At Christmas time, I found some pink shoe paint and pink glitter. Using the paint, I covered the shoes, one at a time, and poured the glitter all over it. The paint had to dry overnight so the glitter stuck to it very well. Now I had a new pair of shoes that only cost me $4 and they were a perfect match with my pink high school graduation dress! Today we have glitter that isn't so course. Unfortunately, my shoes were murder on my hose - snagging my hose on the insides of my ankles terribly! But it was so worth it to have gorgeous shoes that were glittery and matched my dress. I wore them to dances for almost another year before the glitter started looking bad. Enjoy your new shoes!