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Friday, March 29, 2019

DIY Designer Inspired Shoes (An Easy Step by Step Guide)

Let's take a simple classy satin heel and turn it into a Badgley Mischka look alike! Whether you have Prom, a wedding, special event, OR just need a little extra sparkle, these pumps are sure to hit the mark. A simple applique can easily give you the designer inspired shoe you're after.

Last month we were invited to attend a black tie dinner and cocktail hour put on by Eric's firm. To be invited to this dinner, you have to hit certain marks during the year to qualify. He's worked so hard and does an amazing job supporting our family so it was fun to have a night to celebrate him.

Being invited to this kind of event means SHOPPING!!!! If you're like me, as fun as "dress shopping" sounds, I really don't look forward to it. (Does that make me less girly?) Anytime I have something specific I'm looking for or envisioning, it makes shopping so much harder! I'm going to sit here and pretend like you are totally nodding with me in agreement. I mean it doesn't matter if there's a million black pencil skirts, if I decide I need a black pencil skirt it will take me FOREVER to find what I want and have pictured in this crazy little head of mine.

That being said, I looked online, went in about three stores. Then one magical evening (about 3 days before the event aka crunch time) I was lucky and found the dress that I had in mind on a crazy sale. It's normally $300 and was on sale for $78 (praise hands for days). The shoes that I was drooling over (Badgley Mischka) cost $245 and I just have a hard time justifying that kind of price tag for shoes that will only be worn occasionally. Not to mention I was in bargain mode after my dress score.

After a little digging I found an alternative option that pretty much gave me the exact look I was after. After finishing this post you'll see how easy it is to embellish your shoes and elevate them to that  next level by applying a classy Applique.

1. Find The Right Pieces:

Finding the right canvas(shoe) is the most important part. I found this satin heel ($39) first and loved the color for my dress (Steel Grey). They fit true to size and come with a grip you can insert to prevent you foot from sliding down. They have six other colors to choose from including a stunning royal blue! There are a few different applique options, but this is the one I used ($18). They have a gorgeous rose gold option that would look amazing on a blush satin heel!

2. How to Accurately Trim Applique:

When you receive the applique, you'll notice the clear backing sticks out quite a bit further from the actual applique. Taking scissors (small thread cutting are the best) trim the backing just barely past the edge of the applique so you don't see it.

The only thing you really need to be careful of is not to cut the threads holding the rhinestones together. If you do this by mistake, just take a little super glue to that small area so it doesn't unravel the whole thing.

3. Best Way to Attach:

I did quite a bit of research before attaching because I wanted to make sure not to ruin the heel and get it right the first time. The applique I linked is an iron on (meaning the back melts into an adhesive). Ironing a shoe especially back of a heel can be tricky and I didn't want to risk the hold not being strong enough.

The best way to do this is simply a hot glue gun. The hot glue will help melt the adhesive on the applique, it drys quickly and doesn't move. If you use fabric glue you'll need to hold it until it dries to prevent shifting. Plus you won't have the added adhesive from the melted backing. Trust me the glue gun is where it's at with this one.

1. Before gluing, line the applique up on the shoe how you want it to look. You can make a small mark it you'd like but I found the visual was all I needed. 

2. Taking your hot glue gun, put a small dot (enough to cover the area without spilling outside the applique) on the top point and bottom point of the applique. Quickly place this on the desired heel and hold in place for 10 seconds.

3. The applique is now attached just by the top and bottom point so the sides will not be flat against the heel. Take your glue gun and do a small line on one side and hold it to the shape of the heel using your palm to keep the curve. (I hope this is obvious but please be careful to not burn yourself with the glue). Hold for 10 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

Take your time with these steps, the worst thing you can do is rush through it. It's an easy DIY but if you don't line up and re-align it's easy to be slightly off.

FINISHED! That's it! Now you have a gorg Badgley Mischka look alike heel for your wedding (think  of maybe doing another color heel for your bridesmaids. How cute would those pics be!?), Prom, or special event. I think the next pair I do will be a blush pink so I can use the rose gold appliqué. It was just so so pretty!! Have you tried this? I'd love to hear from you! Make sure to drop a comment and let me know if these steps were helpful and what other tips you found useful.


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