Ah, the wedge. Comfier than a stiletto, dressier than a flip flop; in short, the perfect summer shoe. Whether yours are two inches tall or five, cork or espadrilles, they’re the perfect canvas for this designer-inspired DIY.
In my frequent (read: constant) browsing of designer fashion sites such as net-a-porter and style.com, I’ve found more than a few pairs of beautiful shoes. It’s when I start to notice a pattern, a repetition of a certain style, a trend…that’s when I get the urge to DIY. I noticed the patterned wedge trend on net-a-porter, from this Theodora and Callum pair to these Stella McCartneys (which are, unfortunately, no longer available). It was a look I decided I had to have, ASAP.
- a pair of wedges (I recommend at least 2" tall)
- fabric (vintage is always fun; check thrift stores or your grandma’s closet)
- tacky glue (the brushable variety; optional—your own paintbrush)
- x-acto knife or other fine blade
1. Asess your wedges and fabric. Decide where the fabric is to be placed.
2. Apply tacky glue to the wedge, all over the areas you want the fabric to be.
3. Quickly align your fabric and press on to the glued areas. Smooth out and allow to dry (at least twenty minutes).
4. Cut off any large pieces of excess fabric. Then go in again with your scissors and cut as close as you can to the glued area, leaving about 1/4" around.
5. Cut along the bottom with the x-acto knife, but be careful not to cut the shoe! You don’t need to leave any extra fabric around this area.
6. Apply glue to the inner edge of the fabric and along the edge of the wedge. Fold the 1/4" of fabric under and press on to the wedge. This will prevent the fabric from fraying. Allow to dry.
7. Paint glue along the bottom of the wedge, making strokes in one direction to smooth up any fraying. Let dry.
8. Apply a thin layer or two of glue over the top of the fabric to really seal it to the wedge. Allow to dry. If you want a shiny/glossy finish, you can use a varnish like Mod Podge for this step.
9. Dip a q-tip in warm, soapy water and use it to wipe off any glue-y edges.
And c’est fini! Unique patterned wedges in under 4 hours.
Will you try this fun & easy DIY? Tweet us a picture at @everybodyisugly!
by Heather (headbandit)
original image via Craig McDean for W Magazine, September 2006