Glitter Shoes

Friday, 18 February 2011

Photo: Hazel Jane (Here)

When I first saw the picture above on Flickr, I squeed a little at how gorgeous the shoes are. Since then I've wanted a pair of glittery shoes to channel my inner Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz). I knew that Christian Louboutin make a gorgeous pair, but unfortunately they're way beyond my reach. I recently bought a pair of gorgeous purple peeptoes in the Next sale for £12. Despite the lovely colour, I decided that glitter was the way forward. This resulted in me taking a trip to Wilkinson and buying a vat of glitter.

I saw a tutorial online about covering the whole shoe in glue and then sprinkling the glitter onto the shoe, however I decided that that would be WAY too messy! So I decided to do it a little differently.

What you'll need:
  • A pair of shoes
  • Loose glitter
  • PVA glue
  • A sponge brush or paintbrush
  • Masking tape (If required)
1. Cover areas of your shoe that you don't want the glitter to be on. I used masking tape and covered the heel and inside with a plastic bag.
2. Mix the glitter and glue. There aren't any actual defined quantities to use, but I just mixed a load of coloured glitter until I got the colour I wanted and gradually mixed in the glue. The consistency should be pretty runny. If you have too much glitter in the mixture (like on the first coat I did), it will be chunky and hard to spread.
3. Paint the glitter/glue mixture onto your shoe in a thin layer. Allow this to dry completely (It takes approximately an hour) and apply another coat, specifically concentrating on areas that look sparse. I did 3 layers in total to get an opaque, glittery finish.
4. Once the shoe is dry, remove the masking tape carefully. Paint a thin layer of varnish over the top of the shoe to make sure the glitter doesn't fall off when you wear them. And finito, you're done! :) I don't think the last picture shows how pretty and glittery the shoes are. I decided to leave the heel purple so it's a little bit different. I might add more glitter to the heel sometime down the line if I feel like it or want a change.

What do you think of glittery shoes?

Hope you enjoyed the post. Thank you for reading. xoxo, Joy


  1. This is so great! I love glittery shoes! Awesome tutorial :)

  2. I need glittery shoes in my life <3
    Such a clever idea to do them yourself, they look so pretty x

  3. oooh great idea! they look pretty :)

  4. Gotta love glitter - my wedding shoes were extremely sparkly as I'm a complete magpie. Good on you for daring to DIY! Make sure to post a pic of you rocking the shoes! :-)

  5. Wow they came out really well! I never would have thought to do this to my shoes, cool idea =)

  6. @Prettyinthedesert - Thanks :) I love anything glitery! :D xx

    @Chantelle - You should give it a go! :D Thanks, I was just sick of shoes being too expensive and/or never having my size! xx

    @Cotton - Thanks :D xx

    @Joy - Ooh, that sounds lovely! :D I'm such a magpie too! Thanks, I haven't worn them out yet, but maybe I'll post a picture when I do. xx

    @Vida - Thanks :) I was just sick of shoes being too expensive and/or never having my size, so I took the matter into my own hands, lol! xx

  7. awww you are so creative! these would look so great under the lights at night!!!

  8. @Jenny - Aww, thanks :) Ooh, I hope they will! I wish they were as sparkly as the ones in the picture though xx

  9. This is cool! I had same situation and made my DIY glitter boots too, check my blog if you interested:) xx Olya

  10. Sorry for the late reply, guys!

    @Olya - Thanks :) Ooh, I'll go and take a look. Glitter boots sound so cute! xx

    @Stina - Thank you :D xx