I first saw this idea on the blog Once Over Lightly, and I pinned a photo for later, (Pinterest is so handy for that). I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for anything that glitters. I don’t know if this ever happens to you, but whenever I do something as fluffy as spending a couple of hours glittering my shoes, I feel the need to put on my sweatpants and rebel a little.
Regardless, I love the way these turned out. They have way more pizazz than the way they were when I bought them.
There were stickers on the bottom when I bought them, and sticky residue attracted dirt making the soles look pretty bad. I tried every cleaner that I had in the cupboard, to no avail, then I remembered that butter removes tree sap. Tree sap (pitch) is notoriously difficult to get off of things. I figured that if butter could remove pitch, then it could handle a little sticker glue. Sure enough, after using a wash cloth to rub in the butter, all the sticky dirt disappeared.
First of all, you are going to want to tape all parts of the shoes near the glitter area. I used painters tape but masking tape would work as well. You don’t want anything too sticky that will leave a residue or damage the body of the shoe. Across the bottoms I used duct tape (yeah, it’s yellow, kinda weird). It was the only tape that would stick to the sole. You want to lay it down in a nice straight line just where the sole starts to curve. It was really easy to see where to put the tape on mine because the scuff marks show where the sole is touching the ground. You’re only going to want to glitter the part that you don’t walk on.
First I brushed on a thin layer of glue, and then I sprinkled on a thin layer of fine glitter. I tapped off the excess and let dry for about an hour, then I put on another layer of glue and glitter. After that, I waited a few hours just to be sure and then I carefully peeled off the tape.
And, here is the result! They came out really nice. I love how the glitter perks them up. One thing that worried me was wether or not the glitter was going to stick, and I’m here to tell you that it definitely leaves a few sparkles here and there. I’m headed to Home Depot to look for some kind of sealant. Let me know if you have any suggestions. All in all, I love the new look enough that I don’t care about loosing a little glitter here and there.