Simple & Sweet Shoe Refashion

Hi. My name is Beverly and I have a shoe addiction.

I have a weakness for cute, stylish, funky shoes.
Unfortunately I do not have an unlimited shoe budget. (Someday baby. Someday.)

Shoes are a little hard to go all DIY knockoff with too. Most of the time.
These little cuties are definitely the exception!

I have for you today my new favorites – my little Simple and Sweet Shoe Refashion!

Simple and Sweet Shoe Refashion

Aren’t they the cutest?? They’re all decorated up with glitter, flowers and bows. I mean – how girly can you get??

Simple Oxford Refashion

Roses and Bows

I based them on some darling Irregular Choice flats – their Craft Fair Artisan Flat. These cuties run about $145. We can do better than that!

Craft Fair Artisan Flat

Ready to get started on the Tutorial?

You’ll need:

Cute Oxfords (I found mine on Amazon here – Not Rated Oxford Shoes – but oxfords are pretty popular so you can find them most places)
Leather Scraps – two colors
Small beads – 1 for each flower
Glitter & Mod Podge

Here’s how my oxfords started out. I love the little glitter cut outs on these!
I thought the blue oxfords in the original were so cute – mostly because I could have told people all day to not step on my blue suede shoes – but I ended up choosing brown because I thought I’d be able to wear them with more.

Brown Suede Oxford Refashion

Start off by brushing the heels of your shoes with Mod Podge. Get a good coat on there.

Mod Podge Glitter on Heels

Cover the area with glitter – but try not to get any on the shoes. It will stick to them if yours are suede.

This is with one coat. After this layer dries – add another coat of mod podge and another layer of glitter. This will make sure you have the area covered really well.

Glitter Heels on Shoes

While your heels are drying, trace and cut out the leaves of your flowers. I just drew three leaf shapes on the smooth side of the leather and cut them out. Then I traced these three for the other shoe, so they’d match.
They don’t have to be perfect – just have a general, leafy look.

Leather Leafs

Now we’re going to work on the leather roses. These are so fun to do!

1. For each rose, cut out 2 small 5 point flowers and 1 larger 5 point flowers. The small should be about 1″ across and the large is 1 1/4″ across./
2. Clip in towards the center of each petal, just about 1/4″. Turn one of the small petals upside down. Glue a small bead (about 7mm) in the center. Add glue to one of the petals and fold the petal around the bead.
3. Add glue to the next petal. Fold this petal around the bead as well, overlapping the last petal just a bit.
4. Continue gluing and folding petals until the entire flower is glued towards the center. and you have a tiny rosebud.
5. Glue the small rosebud on the wrong side of the second small flower. Glue the petals up around the rosebud, just like you did with steps 2-4. Your rosebud will now be just a bit bigger.
6. Place the rosebud on the wrong side of your large 5 point flower. Glue the petals up around the rosebud just like the other steps. Now you have a pretty little leather rose!

Leather Rose Tutorial

Repeat until you have 6 of these little roses.

I think you can use this same method and add another set of petals – this will make an even larger flower. It would be pretty out of felt too!

Once you have your leaves and flowers all set – glue the leaves onto the shoe – towards the outside front section above where the laces go. I used a combination of E-6000 and hot glue. I think the E-6000 will hold over the long haul, and the hot glue made it so I could do each step faster, cause I’m impatient like that.

Leather Leafs on Shoes

Glue three roses on top of the leaves on each shoe. Same deal with the glues.

Leather Roses on Shoes

Cut a long length of ribbon and thread it through the holes for lacing. Trim the ends and seal with a lighter so they don’t fray.

Tie the ribbon up in bows and admire your super cute new shoes.

Simple and Sweet Oxfords

Aren’t they so fun?

Sweet Oxford Refashion

Refashioned Oxfords

What do you think? Would you give them a try?

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  • Reply February 5, 2013


    So dang cute! Pinning…

    Stopped in from Rae Gun…


  • Reply February 6, 2013

    keri @ shaken together

    These are SO super cute, Bev! LOVE your technique for those little leather roses!

  • Reply February 6, 2013


    What a great idea! Looks really nice with the jeans :-) I am pinning this!

  • Reply February 6, 2013


    You are just too creative for you own good, and I’m going to insist you hand some of your creativity to me. :) I love this!

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Jaan L of Tx

    I love this shoe refashion. Its totally cool. Yes, I would do it, and probably will soon. This is the best shoe refashion I have seen.

  • Reply February 6, 2013


    These are cute, but I have to say. The first thing that popped in my head when I saw them was Mary Poppins!

  • These are SO stinking adorable, Bev! Awesome makeover, and amazing budget! I’m super impressed. :)

  • Reply February 6, 2013


    So unbelievably adorable!!! These are great Bev!!!

  • Reply February 6, 2013


    They turned out so cute! I follow you via GFC. I host a weekly party that starts at 6:00pm every Tuesday called Fluster’s Creative Muster Party. I would love for you to stop by and share your talent and creativity.

    Hugs and Smiles,

    Robin @ Fluster Buster
    Follow My Blog with GFC

  • Reply February 6, 2013


    Oh my goodness, Bev! This shoe refashion is so stinkin’ adorable!! I’m pinning this and definitely making these; thanks for sharing your talents :)

  • Reply February 6, 2013


    Bev, So cute! And so much cuter than your inspiration shoes!

  • Reply February 7, 2013


    BEV- you are amazing, these are stinken CUTE! love them. jen

  • Reply February 8, 2013


    These are adorable! (I found you through Train to Crazy.) Thanks for sharing your talent and ideas!

  • Reply February 8, 2013


    Greatest. Idea. Ever.

    I’m always too scared to hack shoes lest I ruin them. Thanks for showing me that sometimes it just take a little balls :P

    I’m adding this post to my Friday Faves round up :)

  • oh Bev these are fantastic. SO so cute! And they are such great colors

  • Reply February 10, 2013

    Diana Rambles

    Adorable!!! Love them!

  • Reply February 11, 2013


    Those little flowers are so cute! And the glitter heel? Perfect. Great job

  • Reply March 2, 2013

    Pop Art Minis - Joni

    Puts blue suede shoes to shame! A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E!

  • Reply March 8, 2013


    Hi, I found your refashion on the mod podge rocks post! I am so glad I found your cute blog! And let me tell you that you did a great job on these! I love shoe refashioning! I also do them over at my blog if you ever wanna look

  • Reply March 17, 2013


    Love the shoes. Just like you I love cute shoes but a very small budget. You have given me a great way to spruce up some old comfortable and very worn out shoes and make them cute again. Thanks so much. Love your site. Great ideas and info.

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