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”.


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.


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


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.}


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.


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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  1. 5.18.13

    I love your blog Keira. So much fun stuff!!
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    • 5.18.13

      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

  2. 11.26.12

    Fabulous blog and post – love the 2nd set, looks like a sunset! I’m new to blogging – fancy having a look at my page? – thanks :-)

  3. 11.26.12

    Fabulous blog and post – love the end result ! I’m new to blogging – fancy having a look at my page? – thanks :-)

  4. 10.4.12

    So awesome and simple. love it!

    • 10.5.12

      Simple DIYs are my favorite kind :) So glad you liked the project!

  5. 10.4.12

    great idea *_* love it !!

  6. 10.3.12

    Oh this sounds great, i hope the best!

  7. 10.3.12
    Anne said:

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

    • 10.3.12

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

  8. 10.2.12
    Jupe said:

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

    <3 Cambria

  9. 10.2.12
    Cathy said:

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

  10. 10.2.12

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


  11. 10.2.12

    perfect. SO fun! i would wear them everyday. <3

  12. 10.2.12

    Reblogged this on moudisehnawi.

  13. 10.2.12
    shannon said:

    Very cute! Great idea and beautifully done.

  14. 10.2.12
    LUDPE said:

    great work. wear it happy times.