Introducing my new favorite shoes. Call me girly, but they make me smile when I see them sparkling brilliantly on my feet. Check out how these Christian Louboutin shoes were transformed from a pair of very worn ballet flats to twinkling slippers.
Don't ever throw out a pair of Christian Louboutins. With a good cobbler, they can almost always be brought back to life for someone who will love them dearly. They are sexy red-soled Louboutins, the most in-demand shoe there is!
These Christian Louboutin flats were quite worn. But, I had a vision for these old ballet flats.
First, they were taken to the cobbler and professionally vibramed. Vibraming, for those of you who are new to this process, is the act of applying a sturdy rubber to the sole of the shoes. When Louboutins are vibramed with red vibram, not only does the shoe get additional protection from moisture and impact, the sole will stay red with countless wears.
Update: I have found that crystals don't stay on as well on flat shoes, because flat shoes flex and bend so much. In the areas where the crystals were lifting off, they were re-glued using a much stronger glue, Gorilla super glue. Gorilla super glue is a much better glue for strassing imo.
For this project, DMC AB flatback crystals were used. Approximately 2000 of the SS10 size, 1200 of the SS16, 800 of the SS6, and 400 of the SS20 were used on these EU 37.5 sized shoes. The crystals were purchased from eBay.
First, I outlined the edge of the shoes with size SS10 crystals. Then, I mixed the crystals together and just started gluing randomly-sized crystals closely together. Gemtac dries clear, and it's always better to put too much glue rather than too little.
For fun, here's the process from start to finish:
Not going to sugarcoat it, but taking these boring brown flats to dazzling slippers took about 12 hours cumulatively. But when it's done in small chunks, it's actually therapeutic. :) For someone who is new to strassing or covering shoes with crystals, it will take longer.
I LOVE LOVE these slippers. They are so casual yet so polished. And, they sparkle like crazy in the lights and sunlight.
The DMC AB color also creates rich depth, and the slight overall blue heel really reminds me of Cinderella's slippers.
As a girl who adores heels, it's shocking that my current favorite pair of shoes are flats!
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoy my new sparkly shoes.
For more famous red-soled beauties, check out all of the Christian Louboutin shoes on sale here. And, for more on the fascinating world of strassing, check out DIY crystal-covered clutch, siam crystal Christian Louboutin heels, and rainbow vitrail crystal Christian Louboutins.
Update: I have found that crystals don't stay on as well on flat shoes, because flat shoes flex and bend so much. In the areas where the crystals were lifting off, they were re-glued using a much stronger glue, Gorilla super glue.