Here's How You Can DIY Your Own Pair of Glitter Shoes

Almost a month ago, Opening Ceremony unveiled their latest collaboration with Vans and I have been obsessing over the sparkly kicks ever since.

I mean, come on! They're easily one of the greatest pairs of Vans to ever grace this planet.

I knew I had to get my hands on 'em, but sadly they were a bit out of my budget, costing $110.

After wallowing in self-pity for a few weeks about not being able to afford a pair, I decided to do something about it. I put on my crafting hat and worked some DIY magic to create my own version of these glitter shoes.

Scroll below to see how it went down, and how you can do the same!

Before I got to work on the shoes, I took a trip to Michael's and Target to gather my supplies.

Here's what you'll need:

  • A pair of sneakers
  • Fabric glue
  • Glitter
  • A small foam brush

DIY glitter shoes supplies

I went with teal shoes to match the teal glitter I wanted to use, but you can go with whatever color combo of shoes and glitter you want so long as it makes you happy.

I started my little DIY project by removing the shoe laces and laying down some paper towels to collect the leftover glitter.

I then painted a fair heaping of fabric glue on the front of the shoe, but I went over it with the brush to make sure it wasn't too globby so the glitter would rest on a flatter surface. Next, I sprinkled way more glitter than necessary all over the front of the shoe.

Front of a DIY glitter shoe

I'm really glad I put the paper towels down beforehand, because things got messy real quick.

I then repeated the process on the back of the shoe and voilà!

Back of a DIY glitter shoe

Once I let my the glue dry for a bit, I went back over any spots I missed with more glue and glitter.

And when they were completely dry, I brushed away the excess glitter on the rubber sole of the shoes and laced them back up.

Teal glitter shoes

I'm pretty happy with how my shoes turned out, though I must admit they're nowhere near as cool and sparkly as the Vans I was trying to replicate.

The whole process took less than an hour and I spent roughly $30 on all of the supplies, which is much more affordable than Opening Ceremony's more expensive counterpart. Theirs may be put together a bit better than mine, but I can rest easy knowing I put my heart and sole (ha!) into crafting these bad boys.

Girl wearing teal DIY glitter shoes


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