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Christmas might be over… But who needs stockings when you can have fabulous shoes!
Along with Michael Jackson tributes and the great Tiger Woods debacle, there was just no getting away from Christian Louboutin’s trademark wanton red soles, strutting their way among the fashionable and the famous. If indeed, all of the last sentence was news to you, then I do hope you enjoyed your stay on Mars, but speaking of good news, ’twas an all-familiar feeling when I spied the coveted shoes and thought “six hundred quid!!? They’re ‘avin a larf!… Especially when I can make my own for as little as £16!”

Posted by Charley H. from Peterborough, England, United Kingdom • Published See Charley H.'s 22 projects »

  • How to make a pair of embellished shoes. Louboutylicious! - Step 1
    Step 1

    Protect your working area with newspaper to avoid messing it up.

    Spread your carrier bags across your shoes, so that they cover the rest of the surfaces, and tape them down. You may need to cut them in places in order to manipulate them better.

    Put parcel tape around the edges of your shoes, next to the sole, so that the surfaces are covered right up to the edge. Pay particularly good attention around the heels.

    Your shoes should be completely covered and water-tight, except for the soles.

  • How to make a pair of embellished shoes. Louboutylicious! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Time to spray your enamel paint. Follow instructions carefully, spray paint from a distance no closer than about 25cm, try to apply as thinly as possible so that it dries more quickly and doesn’t run or seep through. If you’re using the Plastikote spray like I did, then it should take around 3 hours (!) to dry.

  • How to make a pair of embellished shoes. Louboutylicious! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now for the lacquer to protect the paint. Read instructions carefully and ensure that you take all necessary precautions. The one I used required spraying in 2 thin coats, leaving 15 minutes for each layer to dry, and then about a day for the shoes to dry completely… Simple as… Job’s a good ‘un… Good times!

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Charley H.
Charley H. · Peterborough, England, GB · 19 projects
Hey! Thanks for the comment (and apologies for the late response - it's been nearly a year since I've been on this site, haha!) Yes the paint does wear off slightly on sole, at least the balls of the feet (so not the bit you see) that actually touch the ground, but only slightly. You're looking at a few scrapes towards the edges as long as you wear them indoors on a flat or carpeted floor. Hope that helps.
Heidi P.
Heidi P. · 1 project
Just wondering if you've worn these out? I've been wanting to do up the bottoms of my shoes in red for a while but have been concerned about the red rubbing off?

Super cute and I loove them!

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