glitter shoes

I am all about flat, wide, comfy shoes. I do not wear fancy shoes. Lately, though, I find myself attracted to heels, heels in bright colors, the more sparkly the better. Is this a midlife crisis? At any rate, I think the whole glitter shoe thing is awesome, but seriously, just because I am attracted to heels doesn’t mean I am actually going to wear them. And then I saw Susan’s post about making your own glitter shoes, and I was sold.

I started with these shoes, which I bought a couple years ago and have never worn. Not once. I had just tossed them into the Goodwill bag when I saw the glitter shoe post, so I dug them back out and headed to Michael’s to find some Martha Stewart glitter.

I pretty much followed Susan’s instructions exactly. I used Mod Podge in “sparkly” (because who wouldn’t want maximum sparklage?) and some sort of bright pink glitter. The ratio of Mod Podge to glitter is tricky. I wanted my shoes to be SUPER glittery, so I think I went overboard on the glitter. It is counterintuitive, but I think it is better to use LESS glitter so you have a thinner consistency. Mine was too gloppy. I ended up doing about three coats. Over the black shoe the pink glitter looks almost blue. Anyway, I did a pretty crappy job on these, but from far away they are passable. I haven’t, though, worn them yet.

Comment from Peter: “Why don’t you just go buy some glitter shoes?” Translation: “You are doing a really horrible job on those.”

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14 Responses to glitter shoes

  1. carolyn says:

    They are 100% fantastic but I cannot for the life of me imagine you wearing them. What would you wear them with?!?!?!

  2. Lulu says:

    You are insane. But I respect you. I also expect to see you on “Mr.Robinson’s Neighborhood.”

  3. freecia says:


  4. yumeko says:

    tats so cool!!!

  5. kat says:

    loving all that bling!

  6. Debbie says:


  7. oh mariko. i just don’t know what to say. but i did want to say HI and also that i am loving the heck out of the smart wool socks that you gave me. LOVING!!

  8. Susan says:

    They look awesome! And who looks at shoes up close anyway? Mine have a few random messy places but no one will be able to tell when they’re on my feet, I think. I hope. 🙂

    I love yours! I hope we get to see the outfit you wear them with!

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  10. Susan says:

    Oh, btw I like the blue cast. I saw a girl wearing shoes almost just like this at New Year’s and was SO JEALOUS. Hers were sky high though, I don’t think I could handle that.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Awww – I love them. Even if you never wear them and they just sit on your shelf – I think they’re great. But I say – WEAR ‘EM! (and please post a picture of you wearing them).

  12. Seanna Lea says:

    I think you should add glitter to the swish (or similar decorative element) on your running shoes. It won’t stop them from being breathable and give you glitter on the run.

  13. Jamie says:

    It’s the nail polish. Nail polish love leads to glittery nail polish love, which leaks out into every other walk of life. At least it does for me. LOVE your glittery shoes (didn’t you ever want a pair of ruby slippers? I certainly did!). = )

  14. that’s lovely tips for making pretty shoes.

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