Boot Suit Riot

Adding glitter to a pair of underused shoes isn’t exactly a new idea – in fact, I’d go so far as to call it a blogosphere trend. I Spy DIY did it with oxfords; A Pair and a Spare did it with Louboutin pumps; and my talented friend Bianca from A Lust for All Seasons did it with not one, not two, but THREE pairs of underappreciated heels.

We all know how I feel about glitter. And shoes. So clearly, I had to try this.

My most-lusted-after glitter shoes are currently this pair, which I spotted on A Pair and a Spare:

Image via The Style Crusader

CO-OP Barneys New York – Glitter Ankle Boot – $595

Le Fanciulle also DIYed a pair of these. I searched everywhere for a zip-up tapered ankle boot (my mom says these are called Beatle boots), but couldn’t find a perfect match. Finally, I gave up and ordered a pair of cowboy-style boots from Old Navy. They were on sale for $22, so I figured if I screwed up, I wouldn’t be too upset.

DIY Glitter Ankle Boot

I scuffed them up a bit with coarse grit sandpaper so that the glue would adhere better, and then taped the edges with the only material I had handy – painters’ tape.

DIY Glitter Ankle Boot
Oh, how nice. My TV remote made it into the photo.

I’ve seen a wide variety of glue used in these projects. I went with Mod Podge Matte. The real boots – and Le Fanciulle’s DIY version – use coarse glitter, but I was afraid that I wasn’t skilled enough to get coarse glitter to look even, so I went with ultra fine. (It’s Recollections brand, with both “champagne” and “copper” mixed together.)

I started off mixing even parts of glue and glitter, but found that my mixture didn’t look glittery enough, so I dumped a bunch more in.

DIY Glitter Ankle Boot

In an attempt to maximize my sparkle capacity, I started off applying the mixture very thickly.

DIY Glitter Ankle Boot

But I noticed right away that the glue was drying wonky, and the thicker parts were attempting to slide down the boot onto my repurposed bridal magazine. Bastards! Get back here!

DIY Glitter Ankle Boot

I smoothed everything out, and from then on, applied the mixture in thin, even layers. At this point, I also noticed that the boot was trying to wrinkle itself while drying, so I stuffed it with some more repurposed magazine pages. Then, it was time to sit back and let the boots dry.

This part was boring, so I went off in search of more items to glitter. Unfortunately, all I could find were a silver box and a fake lemon. The silver box came out kind of cool. The lemon did not.

Oh, well. I let the boots dry an hour, then added another coat of glitter-glue. When the second coat was almost dry, I took the tape off. My thesis was that if the glitter-glue was still slightly wet, I could potentially fix any screw-ups.

DIY Glitter Ankle Boot

My thesis was correct! I love when that happens. See the kind of drippy, uneven edges above the heel? Because the glitter-glue was still squishy, I was able to kind of push the extra bits into the crease with my fingernail.

I let all the glitter-glue dry overnight, and the next day, I added another layer of Mod Podge (sans glitter) to seal everything in. Et voila! Doneskies!

DIY Glitter Ankle Boot

They’re cute, right? I kind of wish I had tried the coarse glitter, but I still like them. Do you? Get a little closer.

DIY Glitter Ankle Boot

I want to add some trim to separate the glittered and non-glittered parts, but I’m not really sure what to use, or how to attach it. Suede cord? Thin grosgrain ribbon? Leather cord? Super glue? Hot glue? More Mod Podge? I need to think about it. Any tips?

Here’s a picture of the boots on actual feet. The Hubs wasn’t home to take the photo for me, so this was the best I could do in the mirror. Better than nothing, right?

Anyone else have a fun DIY fashion project to share? (I think this is my first one!) I want to see yours!


  • Grace

    Very impressive! Black boots would look pretty with silver glitter!

    • Thanks! Ooh, black boots with hematite glitter would be cool, too …

  • You did a fab job!

  • Super cute! I actually really like how the glitter is somewhat subtle, with the color of your boots!

    And I think you may not need anything to separate the glitter part from the rest, at least in your close up photos, the stitching seems to already separate them. 🙂

    • Thanks, Morgan! You’re right — the stitching does separate the sections. I’m just not sure if it’s a clean enough line to satisfy my perfectionist side! I’m going to live with them for a little while and see if my feelings change.

    • I agree with Morgan! I love how it’s somewhat subtle. They look awesome! 🙂

  • Those turned out SO SUPER CUTE! I like how yours are more subtle than your inspiration, I don’t think you need anything, other than the stitching that is already there, to separate the glitter part.

    • Thanks, Ali! Work is really the only place I go, so I had to make sure they were office appropriate … I’m glad they turned out more subtle! 🙂

  • These turned out so great! I love them! And I really like the subtlety–the contrast between the glitter and the shoe is perfect. I feel like I have to try this now, but, like you, I’d have to run out and buy a pair of ankle boots!

    • Thank you! You should definitely try it — I love it because it’s such a non-messy project! I love anything I can do at my kitchen table.

  • Wow, those shoes look great (and oh so glamorous)! Its amazing what things can be done with modpodge

    • Thanks! 🙂 Mod Podge is the best.

  • Kelly

    So much fun! Love it!

  • LOVE! I think you should use leather or suede to separate- hot glue should work to hold. Can’t wait to see what you end up doing 🙂

    • Thanks! I’ll definitely post an update if/when I add something … hope it works!

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  • Hey Doll!

    I am actually about to do this to a pair of black suede booties I bought ages ago! I saw the Miu Miu shoes and I was going to purchase them last week…then thought why not just DIY! Lovin’ it!


    • Oooh, can’t wait to see how they come out!

  • These are WONDERFUL!! I adore them!! I had a very similar pair of boots that I should have done this with! Now I’ll probably start eyeing up my shoes to see who gets experimented on–I’d love to try it!

    • Ooh, I hope you do try it! Let me know how it goes!

  • SO COOL!!! Thanks so much for telling me about this because I’m absolutely loving what you did. Yes, I don’t think $600 for a pair of any kind of boots is happening for me, but now I have a fun idea to try. If I try the course glitter I’ll let you know how it goes! 🙂

    • Can’t wait to see how they come out if you try it!

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  • Ooh glad you liked our boots!! Yours look fab!! Glitter is my favourite DIY-type 🙂

    In case you’re interested (not meaning to be like an advertisement- sorry!), we ended up doing 2 other pairs of glitter boots as well haha! Some glitter heeled boots and also some black & gold glitter boots. Not to mention some glitter ruby slippers. We have gone totally glitter MAD here haha!

    xx S

    Le Fanciulle