Saturday, November 14, 2009

DIY Silver Strappy Sandals

A little while back an old friend of mine called to to ask if I would be a bridesmaid in her wedding. Of course I said yes. I was pretty excited, as I've never been one before.

Her wedding is coming up awfully fast, and details like her gown and the dresses of the bridesmaids are still being hammered out. I know that our dresses will be dark blue, and at this point I believe we're going to be able to pick our own shoes, as long as they are strappy and silver.

This presented a bit of a pickle for me, as I'm not much of a strappy silver sandal girl (say that 10 times fast), and as a result own not one pair. I spent some time searching online to get a feel for styles and prices, and it was there that I stumbled on this blog called Love Maegan. Maegan found herself crushing on some YSL cage heels and saved some serious bank by made a pair for herself. She posted the DIY here.

I actually like her interpretation better than the original. Maybe it's just because the heels of the YSL shoe look like chicken wire, and it makes me fear for my feet. Her version is just a basic silver heel with this cool grid piece attached to your ankle and the toe of the shoe with ribbon.

I bought a cheap old leather skirt yesterday and want to start playing with making the grid. I don't have the pair of silver shoes yet to attach this to, but I'd rather wait and see how this turns out. I'm pretty excited. I realize these veer away from the traditional strappy sandal a bit, but they're fun and I'll actually wear them again. I don't think this particular bride will care much- she's shown far more interest in bridesmaid happiness than in making stringent rules. I think she's about two questions away from just letting us all pick our own dresses.

If you like the idea of a DIY shoe, Jessica over at Style Obsession did a DIY of Louboutin petal heels that I thought was really clever. It's definitely on my list of things to try. Love Maegan also seems to have a ton more DIYs if you have some free time. I've seen a piece on fringe shoes and a decent facsimile of an over the knee boot.


  1. Aww, shucks. Thanks for the shout out.

    Maegan did a great job with her shoes! I like that they're not as rigid as the originals. I can't wait to see your version!

  2. can't wait to see your version. : )


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