DIY: Glitter Shoes!

These exquisite Miu Miu booties were the inspiration for this DIY project. There is no way I will ever spend $850 on a pair of shoes, no matter how gorgeous they are.  So I thought about how I could recreate the glittery look with a pair of my old shoes that have been gathering dust in the back of my closet.  I had a stash of barely used champagne holiday glitter that would come in handy.

Well, I found the shoes! This is a pair of pukey green and brown Steve Madden wedges circa 2006.  I have not worn them since last year, and they are in dire need of some TLC before I adorn my feet with these drab, tassled height enhancers.  I realize that the tiered fringe might be an added challenge, but we have to work with what we have, right?

My supplies:

1. glitter

2. pink spray paint

3. Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre (a glue/sealant/finish all-in-one purchased at Michael’s)

4. paint brush

5. sandpaper



First, I scuffed the wood part of the shoe with sandpaper to prep for the spray paint.  I didn’t take too much time with this step- just enough that the paint would stick to the shoe. I sprayed one coat of paint onto the wood part of the shoe (make sure you do this outside). I was so surprised how great the shoes looked with just that one simple change!  I wasn’t too careful with the paint because it didn’t really matter if I painted the other parts of the shoe -it would be covered with glitter anyway.  I let the shoes stand for 30 minutes to dry and ate some lunch.

Next, I combined equal parts glitter and Mod Podge into a bowl and mixed with the brush. After a thorough mixing, I painted the mixture onto the green suede parts of the shoe.  It would have been nice if I had tape to cover the pink wooden part, but I didn’t have any, so I just had to be extra careful where the suede meets the wood.  Don’t worry, it will apply as a white goop, but it will dry clear so the glitter will show.  I noticed that it has a tendency to be clumpy, so make sure you blend it out well with your brush. You may need to touch-up areas that you missed once the shoe has dried (drying time about 30 minutes to 1 hour), or you may need to do another coat depending on how glittery you want your shoes and how glittery your mixture is.  If you notice some clumps once the glitter has dried, you can sand them out.  I rubbed the sandpaper along the edges just to smooth out any rough areas that might scratch my feet.

OH snap- check them out! Not bad. It looks like I bought them this way. The glitter does not come off! I started with the sandpaper around 2 pm, and I had these on my feet by 5 pm.  You can also glitterize the entire shoe, and forgo the spray paint.  This would be a fun project to do with a pair of platform pumps, canvas sneakers, or ballet flats.  Oh the possibilities! I’m a happy girl.

TWO DAYS LATER…  So I still had some of the mixture left, which I stored in a plastic container. I found a pair of old slip-on Blowfish booties that I haven’t worn in quite some time and well….

Using blue acrylic paint, I painted the bottoms and the inside of the heels blue, and using the rest of the mixture, I glittered the outside of the heels. I found some painter’s tape in the garage which helped keep the paint place.

I think it’s a neat idea to paint the bottoms of your shoes – think of the red bottoms on Louboutins. I’m thinking about taking some acrylic paint and painting the bottoms of some of my heels red (a project for another day)!

So here they are – my newly refurbished little booties, ready to wear with some skinny jeans this fall :)

7 thoughts on “DIY: Glitter Shoes!

  1. i love these! this is a great idea. saw some blinged out Steve Maddens the other day that I thought about getting. now i’m just going to make them myself!

    • Hi Kaylyn,
      Yes, I think you CAN use Elmer’s glue in lieu of the Mod Podge. You would do the same thing, but I would maybe spray a sealant over the shoes once you are all done.

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