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Shoes are the finishing touch to an outfit. When I got married, I wanted something very unique and different.
*NOTE* None of these pics were edited. The sparkles ARE really there from the Swarovski Crystals!
Leopard print has always been one of my most favorite fashion staples. Whether it’s in style or not at the time, I will always be a leopard girl. So instead of going for basic white, I decided to do leopard shoes for my wedding. But I didn’t want to do just ANY leopard, I wanted it to be fantastic, so I decided to make them more like a piece of jewelry and cover them with Swarovski Crystals.
The shoe brand is Boutique 9 , which is affiliated with the Nine West Company brand. I unfortunately didn’t film the tutorial before I did it, so this was the only before photo I could find.
It was hard finding the right shoe because I wanted to find a large leopard print so the design would not get lost in the crystals. I think a smaller print wouldn’t have looked as good.
The texture was also good because it was calf skin, so it had the furry “hairy” texture. Usually, I hate that texture and I try to avoid animal products as much as possible when there is a vegan alternative, but these worked well.
To do you your own pair of shoes, you will need the following:
- A pair of shoes.
- Glue or a HeatFix Gun. If I were to do this project over again, I would have used the Bejeweler Pro, which is different than the Bedazzler. It is about $20 online, and it comes in blue or pink. You can also find it sometimes in craft stores or other similar ones by different companies. What’s great is it picks up the gem for you, heats the glue up, and permantly adheres it to the fabric. It won’t work on everything, but for fabric shoes, it would have been perfect. Or I would have used Epoxy Glue. On this project, I used GemTac, which overall, has done quite well but still has had crystals fall off. I got married in 2007, so the shoes really have held up well.
- Wax sticks. If you do use glue, GET WAX PICK UP STICKS. It will save you so much time. I don’t understand why people use tweezers because it can really cramp your hand. The wax sticks are great because it just picks the gem right up. They have dental wax on one end of the stick. I am planning to make my own sometime.
- Crystals! Get Swarovski crystals if you’re taking the time and effort to do this. I used 9ss size which I find to be about the perfect amount of shimmer for a shoe. 7ss would take a bit longer and be more expensive due to more crystals needed. If you are using hotfix stones, use 10ss or 8ss, but I would go with 10ss. I used the colors Jet Black, Golden Shadow, and Smoke Topaz.
Start from one section of the shoe and just work your way around, making sure that when the two sections meet, you space them out so you don’t have a big gap where they meet. If you are using the Beweler Pro, you really want to make sure that you are careful when the two sides that you are gemming meet because the Beweler Pro REALLY sticks and it is almost impossible to peel off. I would almost recommend using GemTac to do a few ons so you can move them around to make sure it matches and no gapping happens. Then you can heat set them with the the Bejeweler Pro or a mini craft iron.
Here, if you look REALLY closely, along the bottom you could tell I had started putting *tiny* 5ss black crystals below the leopard pattern along the base of the shoe, but I stopped because it really wasn’t making a difference and I felt like it wasn’t worth the time.
This is not a cheap project by any means, so make sure you really want to make this investment. A pair of Christian Louboutins or Manolo Blahniks would have been really classic to do and would have made them even more high fashion, but these were so perfect for what I was looking for and the price was right. The shoes had over 8,000 crystals, too, so again, the price does add up.
But I wouldn’t have changed them for the world.
Here you can see them barely peaking out!
Could you imagine doing a red pair of Christian Louboutins with the red soles showing, too? It’s Dorthy’s dream shoe! <3
It also would have been a cute touch to add a beautiful Satin Silk Midori Ribbon bow to the back. Maybe I will make an attachable pair sometime for the back!
Have any of you guys decked out your shoes in any way (for any occasion)? Did you do something extra unique at your wedding? Send me your pics if so and I will post them in a gallery!!
Check out more pics of this on my Facebook page!