by Courtney Gordner, Featured Guest Writer
Cozy sweaters. Leggings. Snow boots. Knit hats. As winter comes to a close, you’re probably looking into your closet and feeling a little tired of what you see. And while many of these items will be stored as soon as warmer weather hits, there are a few things that you can wear year-round. Shoes fall into this category.
In order to avoid fashion boredom after a cold season of wearing the same shoes over and over, you can spend your allotted spring-cleaning time revamping your collection. The best news of all is that you don’t have to be particularly visionary or crafty to make a change. The proof is below in three projects that’ll turn your old wedges, flats or sneakers into completely new pieces.
Bling Your Bottoms
You’ll find a pair of wedges in almost every girl’s closet these days, and for good reason: the sturdy heel provides height and stability, perfect for winter when sidewalks might be slick. If you have a pair of nude wedges laying around, you can update them easily for summer with glue, rhinestones and, of course, a little patience.
• Flatback rhinestones or crystals (approximately 15 gross, or 2,000 rhinestones, depending on the size of the crystals and the area you need to cover)
• Optional supplies: shoe cleaning solution, tray, plastic stick
1. Clean the surface of the area where you’ll be applying the rhinestones
2. Start at the edge of the wedge or back of the heel as you start gluing. Decide before you start whether you’re going to apply them in straight lines or in a random pattern.
3. Apply the glue to a very small area, as it dries quickly
4. Grab rhinestones with the tweezer and drop them onto the adhesive. You can use the tweezers or a thin plastic stick to move them around before they stick.
5. Let the glue set for 24-72 hours.
Lace Up Your Flats
Another standard winter shoe: the ballerina flat. Perhaps you’ve grown tired of your trusty black pair that go with just about everything. Rather than wearing a shoe that blends in this spring — or placing them and your other out-of-season items into self-storage — add some lace and turn your black flats into an eye-catching accessory.
• Roll of lace ribbon
• Fabric glue
1. Place shoes side-by-side so you can make sure that you apply the lace in a similar pattern.
2. Brush a layer of fabric glue onto the front of your shoe, just below the opening for your foot. Place a piece of lace across the glue horizontally in the same place on both flats.
3. Continue this pattern of side-by-side placement as you place glue and lace on the entire shoe.
4. Once you’ve covered both shoes in lace, you’ll have excess lace hanging over the sides. If it runs onto the bottom, carefully cut the lace so that it ends before it touches the ground. If it is longer over the top hole where you place your feet, fold the lace over and glue it to the inside of the shoe.
Chevron-Stripe Your Sneakers
One of the hottest patterns of the moment is chevron. Its zig-zagging lines bedeck everything from dresses to tops to the curtains that hang in your living room. It’s time you introduced this fun geometric style to your old sneakers. This project works best for flat sneakers, similar to those by Keds or Converse.
• Paint pen(s) in at least one color that’s different than the color of your shoes
• Cardstock paper or other paper that’s thick, yet bendable
1. Using your ruler, outline a zigzag pattern on to the cardstock paper. Cut it out.
2. Trace the zigzag pattern onto your shoe, starting at the front and working back towards the heel. You can either make each line the same width or make them random sizes.
3. Once your lines are traced, begin to paint them in alternating colors.
4. Let the paint dry for as long as instructed on the container.
Voila! You are now ready for spring with three new pairs of shoes.
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