You first saw my Christian Louboutin Miminettes when I added red Vibram red soles here.
What you didn’t see a lot of was the damage on the heels & one of the toes that I had always planned to cover up after finding these for a steal on eBay years ago. Instead, I’ve just always worn them with jeans to cover the damage.
Then they were out for the re-sole project… and I had to make a trip to Michaels… and I’ve always wanted a pair of glittered Christian Louboutins… so this happened!
Here’s what I used:
- Krazy Glue (the slower drying kind)
- Martha Stewart Mini Glitter
- My trusty blue tape
- Rust-oleum clear gloss enamel
- A piece of thick paper to catch spare glitter and dump it back into the container
- A cardboard box slated for recycling as a paint booth
- Canned air
First I taped off the red soles and the insides leaving just the part to be glitter-fied. Then, about a square inch at a time, I brushed on Krazy Glue and then sprinkled on the glitter. I started this inside and realized quickly that this was an outdoor project (fumes, general glitter mess). After both shoes were finished, I sprayed on the clear enamel. This should be done VERY LIGHTLY. As usual, I globbed it on which made glitter run. So, I poured on more glitter to the wet paint. This worked extremely well and made me wonder if the Krazy glue step is necessary or if I should have just sprayed the paint and the glittered to my heart’s content. Either way, they turned out fabulously! They are into shedding glitter, so I gave them a spray with canned air to knock a lot of the excess glitter off all at once.
A few notes:
- As with all of my shoe projects (yes, there have been several), I never fight the color of the shoes. I’ve heard of people dying and then adding various finishes, but I just enhance the existing color.
- Lots of fumes. Yuck.
- Clearly, I truly am a “shiny enthusiast” as I warned my husband years ago.
- There will now always be pink glitter in this house.
- You can do this with any brand. I just have a thing for rescuing designer shoes on eBay.
And for your viewing pleasure, my DIY Christian Louboutin Yo Yo Strass from a few years ago (again):