Ever since I first laid my eyes on the Jimmy Choo dream sandal it was love, I can’t live without you, as much as you can love an inanimate object love! I need you… I want you… I see the price tag, cry a little ( as I think to myself maybe living in a cardboard box for a month won’t be all that bad), and know I can’t have you so I’ll see you in my dreams shoe perfection. Ok, now that we all understand how much my (overflowing) shoe closet needed this addition we can go on. I will always make room when “necessary”! Looking at the shoes I realized how simple of a DIY they would actually be so I set out for the materials. Because I wanted a more neutral heel I decided to go with nude rather than snakeskin but you can use whatever heel color, height, style you prefer as long as the ankle strap can be removed. Oh and the best part? All in these shoes only cost me…. wait for it… $100!!!
Side note: After
hours days of scouring the internet and 99.9% of LA for fabric tassels in rich colors for a realistic price I finally found TinTinBeads on Etsy. The shop has an amazing color selection (perfect for customization) while being the perfect size and material overall. I hands down recommend Susanne’s shop as she was a dream to do business with. I bought the tassels with my own money and she did not compensate me in any way to endorse her shop. I have had a handful of not so fabulous Etsy experiences so I wanted to be sure to share my good find with you.
You will need:
Jump rings (local Michaels) – I purchased a variety pack using one miniature one for each coin and a larger one for each tassel. You could easily just use 4 large ones for this.
Clamp cord ends (local Michaels)
6 – 10 feet of twisted silk cord (or suede).
4 – 10 Gold Coins
Fabric glue – I had E6000 around the house and it worked perfectly
Lay out the tassels and coins how you like. This is completely by preference I used a mixture of 2-3 coins per tassel (total of 10). You can use as little or as many coins as you prefer.
Cut the cord to preferred length for wrapping around your ankle. I used 3′ 6″ per ankle as I wanted my tassels to hang a bit lower and wrap several times. Attached the clamp cord end to each end. Attach the coins and tassel to the loop on the cord end.
Side note: this is where the E6000 comes in handy. Any spot I cut the cord I coated with a thin layer of the glue, allowed it to dry, and then cut to prevent fraying.
Trim your tassels to preferred length.
Remove the ankle straps and loop the cord through the ankle strap hole.
Voila, you are now ready to put on your new shoes and dance around town!
I know I am most likely not the first to have recreated these shoes but this is my take on them and I hope you enjoyed the DIY anyways!