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Shoes For Halloween Costume DIY

Updated on July 14, 2014

Boring Shoes You No Longer Wear

Do you have a closet full of shoes that don't get much wear? If your like most women, you have a collection of shoes that are like-new because you don't get the opportunity to wear them often enough.

Every time I swear I'm going to go through my closet and get rid of any shoes that I have not worn in the last 6 months, I just can't do it. Most of my shoes are in good condition and I like them well enough, I just don't have enough occasions to wear them. But how can I get rid of them, there is nothing wrong with them and maybe some day I will need them.

Finding Just The Right Shoes

We have all had the tedious task of finding shoes for a Wedding, Graduation, Certain Party Theme or a Halloween Costume.

I don't know how many times I have worked really hard finding just the right dress for a special occasion and then not being able to find a shoe to match. Halloween costumes are the worst. Who wants to spend a lot of money on a pair of shoes to match a costume you've come up with, that you will likely never wear again.

Shoes For A Special Occasion

When my oldest daughter got married a few years back, she picked Hot Pink for her Bridesmaids. We were lucky it was Prom season, so we found some Hot Pink Prom dresses that were perfect. But finding shoes for everyone that would match Hot Pink became a real task. We found a couple of pair, but since the girls feet were all different sizes we were unable to find them for a few of the girls. Eventually I hunted them down, but I spent much more time on this part of the wedding than I had planned.

You wouldn't think finding a pair of shoes for a Bride would be that hard, but my daughter spent more time looking for shoes than she did finding her wedding dress. To our surprise there was not a lot of variety in wedding shoes.

My Daughter The Artist

Here's is a unique idea, that my middle daughter introduced me to. She started taking her boring old high heels and finding ways to spruce them up. Making them "One Of A Kind". Something you can't buy anywhere. Something that people will notice and want. She is giving each pair a theme. These shoes will not be something you will wear every day, they are for that special occasion. The occasion where you need a different pair of shoes, that you will not find in a regular shoe store. You might only wear them one time and you don't want to spend a fortune but you want them to be just right.

I am pretty creative but I would never have thought to redesign my shoes. You probably have several pairs of plain boring shoes in your closet that are just hanging around not getting much wear. As long as they fit you and are comfortable enough, they will do. If not, go check out the Thrift Stores, you will likely find several pair that are in good condition in your size. All you need is a blank canvas and let your imagination run wild.

She takes old clothing, material, buttons, flowers, buckles and anything else she finds that fits the theme she is going for. She had an old belt with silver rivets that she took apart and somehow managed to attach each rivet individually around the opening of the shoe.

My daughter has always redesigned her clothes to suit her, since they weren't always exactly what she wanted. So when she started doing the same with her shoes, I just thought it was a unique idea. It wasn't until I started researching to see if there were any other people that had the same idea, that I discovered many other people that do this.

Design Your Own Shoes

Decide on a theme. Pick a color scheme that goes with the outfit you are trying to match. Start by looking around your own closet for material or accessories that you can repurpose for your new shoes. You might have an old shirt that has the perfect colors you need. Maybe an old scarf that is just the right material. Belts can be disassembled and reused. You may even have old ear rings that can be added as an accessory.

If you can't find all the items or material you are looking for, I suggest you hit the Goodwill or Thrift stores in your area, before spending money on new items. Once you get started your imagination will take over and you will be surprised how creative you will get.

Items You Can Use

You probably have many items lying around your house that can be used to bling up your old shoes. I also went through my jewelry box and found a lot of old earrings, pins, necklaces etc. that will make excellent additions.You can find many fun and interesting items at your local craft store. I was surprised at all the ideas I came up with just by strolling the aisles at Hobby Lobby. Here are some items that can get you started.

  • Material
  • E6000 Craft Adhesive
  • Rhinestones
  • Ribbon
  • Feathers
  • Flowers
  • Glitter
  • Buckles
  • Metal Studs
  • Bows
  • Pins
  • Hair Clips

Have Fun and Enjoy

There are so many things you can do to a pair of shoes to make them unique. Let your imagination take over. Don't worry if it isn't perfect, no one is going to get down and examine your feet. From where they are standing, it looks pretty good.


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      Lisa RenĂ© LeClair 

      4 years ago from the ATL

      OMG I LOVE your daughter! My mother would as well, she "blings" up everything, but hasn't done shoes yet. I'm calling her NOW, thanks! ;-)


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