restyle: DIY studded wedge booties

Break out those old boring booties, ya’ll; it’s time for a super simple restyle.

Back in my early days of blogging, I remember a DIY project on another blog (sadly whose URL I cannot recall) in which the blogger transformed a pair of basic black platforms by covering the entire wedge base in brass thumbtacks. I ran out and bought a pack of thumbtacks immediately, only to have them sit in my supply stash for more than a year before finding the perfect pair of shoes to “stud”.

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I bought these N.Y.L.A. ruffled leather booties on Hautelook last year for ridiculously cheap — like around $20, I think — and haven’t worn them once since they arrived. They’re really cute, but a little… boring basic. {I don’t know what it is with me and black shoes/handbags; we just don’t jive.} They’ve been hiding in a dark corner of my closet for over a year now.

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Until this weekend, when I was searching for some crafty-majig or another and came across those thumbtacks of yore…

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Using the center seam as a guide, I started pushing the tacks into the wedge in a [semi] neat row. {Sidenote: if you’re a raging perfectionist like yours truly, you can remove the tacks and reposition them as you go to get the straightest line.}

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I repeated a row on each side, and once I was satisfied with the placement, I gave them a little tap-tap-tap with my tiny crafting hammer to get them as flat as possible.

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I kinda love how they turned out! Now if I could just get some cool weather to take them for a spin…

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What Do You Think?

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18 Comments

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    Posted 5.18.13 Reply
    • Sorry for the typo Keira – Tired and did not proof read :( I meant ‘blogger in focus’. Jeez!! Sorry :( I hope that does not put you off from visiting me. xx

      Posted 5.18.13 Reply
  2. Fabulous blog and post – love the 2nd set, looks like a sunset! I’m new to blogging – fancy having a look at my page?

    http://glitznglamblog.wordpress.com – thanks :-)

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  3. Fabulous blog and post – love the end result ! I’m new to blogging – fancy having a look at my page?

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    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  4. So awesome and simple. love it!

    Posted 10.4.12 Reply
    • Simple DIYs are my favorite kind :) So glad you liked the project!

      Posted 10.5.12 Reply
  5. great idea *_* love it !!

    http://vanillajungle.wordpress.com/

    Posted 10.4.12 Reply
  6. Oh this sounds great, i hope the best! http://goo.gl/gc14J

    Posted 10.3.12 Reply
  7. Anne wrote:

    Keira, this is awesome ..I Love how they turned out. Can’t wait to see you tonight:)

    Posted 10.3.12 Reply
    • I thought you’d like this one! ;-) Can’t wait to have a cocktail and brainstorm!

      Posted 10.3.12 Reply
  8. Jupe wrote:

    Those ruffles are just too amazing! I love the shape of those boots, and your DIY just made them better :)

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

    Posted 10.2.12 Reply
  9. Cathy wrote:

    Totally FUN! Can I bring mine over for you to stud up??? :)

    Posted 10.2.12 Reply
  10. rhiannon wrote:
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  11. dipitblack wrote:

    Great idea! I go try it when I have a little bit more time. Thanks for the new inspiration!

    Kisses,
    http://www.dipitblack.wordpress.com

    Posted 10.2.12 Reply
  12. perfect. SO fun! i would wear them everyday. <3

    Posted 10.2.12 Reply
  13. Reblogged this on moudisehnawi.

    Posted 10.2.12 Reply
  14. shannon wrote:

    Very cute! Great idea and beautifully done.
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

    Posted 10.2.12 Reply
  15. LUDPE wrote:

    great work. wear it happy times.
    http://lunadu.wordpress.com

    Posted 10.2.12 Reply

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