I consider myself occasionally trendy. When I have 30 seconds alone with a fashion magazine dated after 2007, I usually flip through to get some semblance of what styles are on point. The totally hideous ones (think carwash pleats and turtleneck dickies) are openly scowled at, the average ones are given an internal, “eh,” and the attractive ones get an, “I’m sure I’ll get around to wearing that two seasons from now.” Trendy isn’t a bad word in my mind, it just isn’t a super practical option for me.
One big problem I have with trendy items in the cost per wear issue. Lace up shoes are really hot right now, but these shoes are ranging from $40 to $300. Honestly, even $40 is more than I want to pay for a pair of shoes that are not going to be stylish this time next year.
What do I do when I want something but don’t want to spend gobs of money?
I DIY that shiz. I DIY it.
Here are DIY Lace Up Shoes. They can be made for all of $10, less if you already have the shoes.
- Ballet flats
- Grosgrain ribbon – 3/4 inch – same color as your shoes
- Hot glue/gun
- Leather lacing – same color as shoes. Mine came in precut lengths, but if you are pulling from a spool you want each length to be 3 feet long.
1. Cut eight 2 inch pieces of ribbon. Four for each shoe.
2. With your hot glue gun, create a loop out of each ribbon. Make sure the opening is big enough so that the leather lacing can slide through.
3. Take one looped ribbon and put a dab of hot glue on one side of the fixed end.
4. Press this ribbon to the inside of the shoe. You want it centered right at the toe area.
5. Repeat the glue and press with 3 more ribbons, placing them at the center of the heel and the right/left sides.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other shoe.
7. Once your ribbons are secure, lace the leather through the loops. Start with the toe loop, then send one end through the left loop and the other through the right. Take both ends and cross them through the back loop.
8. Strut your stuff in your super on point, trendy DIY Lace Up Flats!
- I have never photoshopped flaws out of my pictures. I just figure if I’m trying to keep it real here, you guys should be able to see my flaws. That was…until this post. There was SO much white dog hair on these shoes as I was working on them and it for real made me want to barf. I couldn’t get it off for the photos because I only had about 5 minutes to make these and I just needed to work through it. I got it off for the final shots, but I had to go back and edit it out of the step by step pictures. I just really didn’t want to make anyone throw up.