Sunday, August 18, 2013

Easy DIY Bridal Shoe Hack - 3 Ways! {Video}

Easy DIY Bridal Shoe Hack - 3 ways {video)

I won't lie. I did NOT enjoy shopping for shoes for my wedding. Like, at ALL. I knew exactly what I wanted and I couldn't find them anywhere. Not even online. All I wanted was a simple open-toed strappy nude or ivory wedge heel with just the tiniest touch of something special. Is that asking too much??

No bling, no glitter, no lace, no stiletto heel, no patent leather or cheap looking satin...just something comfortable, something simple, and hopefully even something so simple I could maybe wear them again (what a novel idea!!)

Oh, and I didn't want to pay $400 either, soooo....there's that. 

After spending way too many hours scouring the internet and an entire day and a half running all over town trying on shoes until my little piggies hurt, I gave up and went to Target to see if they had any leather sandals to replace my favorite pair that broke....and to give my feet something comfortable for the drive home. 

Well lo and behold...guess what? I saw the perfect wedding shoe just sitting there on the shelf, coyly waiting for me as I turned down the aisle. Pale faux suede with a lovely curved wedge and ankle strap, just asking for a little DIY embellishment. 

Shock and awe! My size? What an amazing turn of events! And comfortable too? And under $30?? SERIOUSLY? Score. Happy dance. Smiley face. And I can guaran-dam-tee ya I'll be wearing these babies again too. I love them!

If you're on mobile device and can't see the embedded video, you can watch my Easy DIY Bridal Shoe Hack video on YouTube.


So, as you can see, this was ridiculously simple. I just grabbed a yard of 6" wide tulle ribbon (available in tons of fun colors besides white and ivory) and doubled it over, lengthwise. Then I used it to tie around the shoe or around my ankle. Of course, repeat for the other side. Trim ends as necessary, and that's it. Under 2 minutes. Done!

The most difficult part is deciding which way I want to wear them!  My dress is a tea-length gown, so it ends about 6" above my ankle. What do you think? I'd love to hear your opinion!

Easy DIY Bridal Shoe Hack - 3 ways {video)

And, bonus!! I found myself a pair of cute sandals (on sale) to change into as the night winds down. All in? About $50 for two pairs of shoes for my wedding that I will definitely wear again (though, probably without the tulle). I'm a happy girl.

cute way to dress up a pair of sandals to change into at your wedding reception

Stay tuned for more DIY wedding stuff - I've got tons more planned. Coming soon: my bridal necklace tutorial, pretty bridal hair comb tutorial, and some DIY crepe paper rose pomanders. And if you missed it, check out my Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns Tutorial. 

See y'all soon!

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  1. Oh my gosh! That is so much fun! I wish I'd thought of something like that when I got married! :D

  2. Well, these are just adorable!! Love, love, love! :)

    1. Thanks so much, Candace! Cute, comfortable, & cheap = win, win, WIN!!

  3. I love that you made them your own. I actually wore white flipflops to my wedding. We got married outside in the mountains so I didn't want to be hiking around in anything with a heel.

    1. Thanks, Alison! I probably would have done the same thing. That sounds amazing!

      I'm all about being practical. These heels are still high but I know I can walk in them - I've never exactly mastered the art of the stiletto heel and I don't think the big day is a good time to try it out. Lol! Also, just couldn't abide the thought of another pair of shoes I'll never wear taking up space in my teensy closet :)

  4. Love it. Frugal, comfy & cute!! Thanks for sharing!