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DIY: Kenzo-Inspired Embellished Heels

August 14, 2013

 
Before I get to the DIY, I have a really good back story & inspiration for this awesome project I came up with.  I know many of you read that I attended Go Blog Social a few weeks ago. The keynote speaker was Corri McFadden, founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment. She is a midwest girl & quite the badass entrepreneur. Yes, her keynote was amazing! She also wore these Kenzo embellished sandals. I could not. stop. staring. at her shoes! The entire time! I was so obsessed with these jeweled heels that I hunted them down on the internet. See Corri rocking them here and here. Once I saw the price tag, I knew my wallet would be pretty thin if I purchased the exact same pair.

Therefore, I decided that with a little bit of love, fantastic inspiration and a lot of super glue, I could add my own twist and make these heels mine! I could not be happier with the end result. These embellished sandals are my very own art piece. Now, without further ado, here is the DIY!
Supplies:
Gemstones (I purchased one large bag of mixed shapes, colors & sizes)
Super Glue Gel (works great on leather)

Finding the heels for this project was difficult. I wanted to emulate the style of the original Kenzo pair but also do something a bit different. One of my favorite parts of the original shoe was the chunky heel, and obviously, the gorgeous black leather. Once I saw these Calvin Klein Black Leather Heels, I knew they would be perfect. The offered enough space to add a lot of embellishment and I love the unique style.

First, I dumped out my giant bag of gemstones and found an assortment of shapes and sizes that I liked. I made sure each had a match (one for each shoe) so that the pattern would be symmetrical. Once I established which ones I was going to use, I got to painting. 

I chose to keep to the same color scheme as the original pair; red, white, blue and pink. Painting these stones with nail polish is not a breeze... it takes some patience and precision to get them looking right. I did a second coat of nail polish on a lot of them so they would have the lacquered look. (Hint: it helps to have gel/shellac nails when doing this project, then its easy to wipe nail polish remover over your hands, because the polish will get everywhere)!
Once I had all of my painted pairs of gemstones dry, I began messing with the placement and designing a pattern to place on the front area of the heels. There is no real secret to the placement, I just hand glued each jewel on, one at a time. I went back and forth between each shoe one by one. This was definitely the most scary part (super gluing jewels on to a really nice pair of leather heels is nerve-wracking!), and yes, I almost super glued my fingers together more than once. 

It was all worth it though, because I am blown away at how these shoes turned out! I know they are not the exact same heel as the Kenzo pair, but I love that I was able to put my own twist on a look that I absolutely love!
I only wish I was half as stylish as Corri, but at least I have some pretty amazing heels! What do you think of this project? Do you like my take or would you rather have the Kenzo pair? I am dying to get your feedback, so please let me know in the comments!

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16 comments:

  1. I'M OBSESSED with these! Haha we were staring at her & Meg's shoes the entire time before they started speaking. Your DIY turned out perfectly; I'll have to start hunting for a pair that I can try it on :)

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    1. How good did these turn out??! I am so obsessed. Now I have to decide whether to display them on a shelf or wear them!

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  2. These turned out so well! You are doing all my DIYS! haha

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    1. Send me that necklace and I will do it up for you! :)

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  3. Look at you getting all crafty :) They turned out great! Such an awesome idea!

    XO, Alison
    www.ChainStrapPurse.com

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  4. Oh, I LOVE THESE! I've already started my shoe hunt to make my own pair.

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  5. These are amazing! You are so talented. I love it!

    Thanks for linking up with Style Sessions!

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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  6. Wow! Those look fantastic! Very creative and even cuter than the original ones!
    <3,
    Carmen
    www.therubyzipper.com

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  7. These turned out so good! NEED!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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  8. You are amazing! These are amazing! Job well done!

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  9. These look like the real thing! Love!
    Thanks for linking up!
    xo,
    Jacqueline

    stylininstlouis.com

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