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DIY Strassed Christian Louboutin Ballet Flats

By Bebefuzz

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!

tan christian louboutin flats shoes

These Christian Louboutin flats were quite worn. But, I had a vision for these old ballet flats.

worn christian louboutin flat shoes vibramed vibram red sole by cobbler

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.

how to glue crystals all over shoes

Once the shoe's soles were repaired, I got all of my materials for strassing together. This included Gemtac glue, cheap white eyeliner for pick and placing crystals, and the crystals.

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.

gemtac glue on shoes for crystal gem stick

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:

christian louboutin shoe strassing project diy 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.

before and after christian louboutin shoe crystal gem cover project

I LOVE LOVE these slippers. They are so casual yet so polished. And, they sparkle like crazy in the lights and sunlight.

crystal gem covered ballet flats shoes

The DMC AB color also creates rich depth, and the slight overall blue heel really reminds me of Cinderella's slippers.

dmc ab crystals strassed project shoes

As a girl who adores heels, it's shocking that my current favorite pair of shoes are flats!

sparkly white blue crystal covered flats shoes

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.

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