I’ve been admiring loads of awesome looking rhinestone embellished booties and boots online that were thousands of dollars and well beyond what my bank account could handle.
Instead of shelling out some big bucks I chose to DIY rhinestone booties on my own.
Initially I was looking for booties via thrift stores but didn’t have any luck. For the rhinestones to adhere properly the boots should be fabric or suede and the heels should be covered with the same material. Leather is too slick and the rhinestones may not hold.
When I came across some pretty pink booties at TJ Maxi I knew they would be perfect so I forked out the $40 and gathered my supplies.
DIY Rhinestone Booties
Fabric or suede boots or booties. *NOTE* The heel must also be covered in fabric or suede
Rhinestone glue or E6000 glue
Rhinestones and or vintage brooches or earrings
I used some cheaper rhinestones and some expensive Swarovski crystals for my boots. The crystals are MUCH nicer, but very expensive. I picked up all the supplies from Michaels except for those vintage earrings which I already had in my stash.
As far as choosing colours for your embellishments I recommend using colours you wear often. Choose some neutrals and combine them with some brighter accent colours.
I would recommend trying a few different designs with your rhinestones by laying them out as best as you can on the heels prior to using any glue.
Once I decided I was going to use two vintage earrings the rest of the design materialized organically.
I wasn’t too worried about getting each heel to match exactly. They are similar, but not exactly the same.
The glue will stain the suede, so be careful when applying not to smear the glue. Go slowly and be deliberate. Make sure you don’t use too little or too much glue, I suggest trying on a bit of paper prior to working on the actual boots. The rhinestone glue I bought was great because it came out of the tube in very small droplets. If you are using E6000 glue it is stronger but quite messy to work with.
In the end I figure these DIY rhinestone booties cost me about $65 and I have one-of-a-kind boots that I love with a bit of vintage incorporated.
What do you think of the finished booties?
Of course the best view of these is from the side or the back. I call them my “subtle, gaudy Elton John boots”.
I wore them out the first time to a fun blogger meet-up with the wonderful, warm hearted and cute-as-a-button Sherry from Petite Over 40.
The photo below isn’t brilliant because it was taken in the dark without a flash.
Sherry looks very tiny, and she is but don’t forget I’m wearing my boots : )
Isn’t it fun how we are both wearing bows around our necks? Total fashion fluke.