Earlier this year I saw some embellished suede ankle boots that caught my eye:
I liked them so much that I took a photo! But I wasn’t completely sold on the colours…so I didn’t buy them.
I needed to replace my old black ankle boots which have faithfully seen me through the last several winters. Repairing them was going to cost about as much as a new pair! But maybe not as much as some of these pairs…
Clockwise from top left they are by Forever21, Next, Dolce and Gabbana, and Zara. Aren’t they beautiful!
I bought a pair of plain suede boots, and waited for the universe to deliver me some embellishment inspiration! I checked Op Shops for scarves, lacy dresses, anything that I could use. But nothing jumped out at me. Until…I remembered some offcuts of lace that I had saved knowing that one day a project would come that they would be perfect for!
First of all I gave my new suede boots several coats of waterproofing spray, waiting for them to dry completely between coats.
Then I trimmed off the little bits of lace, and played around with how to place them on my boots
When I was happy with the placement, I glued them in place using Tarzan’s Grip. I used this glue as it says that dries clear, is flexible and water resistant. It is very thick, so I found the easiest thing to do was put a big glob of glue on my piece of lace, then ease it into place using a chopstick, trying to squeeze the glue right out to the edges!
When it was all glued, I thought it still needed something…so I checked my sparkle stash and found some small purple diamantes…and we all know that diamantes finish off any outfit, so on they went! These photos don’t show the sparkle off very well, which is unfortunate 😦
They are not exactly the same as my bits of lace were random, but they are similar. I tried to balance the design out, but I like that they are not the same. They are not over the top decorated, and you don’t really see all of them when I wear them with jeans.
Another coat of waterproofing spray, and they’re done!
I was a bit worried about the purple sparkles falling off…but I’ve worn them a number of times over the past week and they are all still there. I think using Tarzan’s Grip was a good idea!
I’m really happy with how my DIY boots have turned out, and I enjoy wearing them. And I know that there is not going to be anyone else with boots that look like mine!
Will you give a pair of boots a make-over??
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