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Two Ways To DIY Cool Studded Shoes

Give basic black shoes a face-lift with easy studding you can do yourself.

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Studded shoes are the perfect combination of edgy and chic and great for fall. Here, two stylish bloggers show you how to make your own, for day and evening.

First up, Sylvia from Dare to DIY transforms a pair of simple black heels.

Follow her easy steps.

Gather your materials. You'll need a pair of black slip-on heels, a 45- to 50-inch-long leather or PU strap, flat-based spikes or any kind of studs you like, a hot glue gun, two automatic snap buttons (the same width of your strap), a thimble, black thread, and a needle.


Next up, Candy from Taylor and Demolish shows you how to make a pair of studded harness boots.

Here's how she did it.

To start, collect the necessary goods. You'll need 1 to1 1/2 yards of leather trim, cone studs, 1/2 yard of chain, 4 large jump rings (1 1/2 inches in diameter), 4 small jump rings (1/2 inches in diameter), a pack of sew-on snaps, a needle and thread, scissors, an X-acto knife, and a ruler.

Take your measured piece of trim and cut it in half. You will now be connecting your large jump rings to your trim. Do this by folding the trim about 1 1/2 inches over the jump ring. Sew your snaps onto the inside of your trim.


Measure the amount of chain that it will take to connect to the bottom of the one jump ring, under the boot, and to the other jump ring. Cut this amount of chain and place the extra to the side. Connect the cut piece of chain to both large jump rings using one of your smaller jump rings on each side of the boot.


Pippa Armbrester is a quilt maker and designer. Follow her adventures in quilting and life on her website.