So you've taken advantage of the great holiday deals at
Englin's Fine Footwear, and you've found the perfect pair of shoes to give to
someone special. Now you need a few stocking stuffers, or you want to give them
something a little more personal, but you're out of ideas. We've got your back!
Whether you want to craft a special gift to go with a new pair of shoes or you
love your own shoes so much that you want to dress them up, we have some quick
and easy DIY ideas to take your shoes to the next level.
What you need:
- Washi tape
Let's start simple with these DIY shoelaces. Changing out
the laces can give shoes a whole new look, and it can give you a chance to show
off your unique sense of style. Plus, it's always a good idea to have a spare
set of laces for your favorite shoes! There are only two supply items (plus
scissors) for this project, but you have a myriad of possibilities.
Polka-dot washi tape (Scotch) and Hello Kitty ribbon (Offray).
First, you need the lace material. We chose this cute Hello
Kitty ribbon, but you can pick whatever suits your fancy, or what you think the
person you're gifting to would like. Other options include grosgrain ribbon,
lace, leather cord, and paracord, or if you're handy with a sewing machine, you
can even make your laces from fabric.
PRO TIP: If you use ribbon, it's a good idea to choose one that is
colored/printed on both sides,
both sides will show when the shoe is
laced up. Also make sure that you purchase
we used a 9' spool
of ribbon and it was barely enough!
You will also need some washi tape. If you're not a
Pinterest fanatic, you may not have heard of washi tape, but it's very
versatile and readily available at both department and craft stores. Similar in
feel to masking tape, washi tape is made from natural fibers and comes in a
wide variety of colors and prints. There are other ways to make the aglets
(those little tubular bits that seal the ends of shoelaces), and while washi
tape isn't the most durable, it
Step 1: Unlace the
shoes you're crafting for, measure the ribbon against the laces, and cut two pieces to
Your shoelaces are longer than you might think, so if you're
worried about purchasing enough ribbon, you may want to measure your laces
before you buy. As with most crafting, it's better to have too much than too
little. You can always use excess ribbon for another project (like the shoe
Step 2: Roll and
twist one end of the ribbon, then roll it up tightly in washi tape.
Start close to the end of the washi tape. It's a bit harder than it looks!
Try to keep the washi tape straight as you're rolling. The
tighter you roll it, the better it will look and the longer it will last. If you're having trouble, try tucking it with your fingernail as you go. You'll want at least 5-7 layers of washi tape.
Step 3: Cut off
frayed ribbon and excess tape.
Cute, isn't it?
If you have threads from the ribbon hanging out or your tape
is a little crooked at the end, just snip it off with scissors.
Need a hardier alternative for the aglets? Here are
- After you finish, give the washi tape a coat or
two of outdoor Mod Podge
- Cut small pieces from a plastic tube (like
aquarium tubing or the hollow middle of plastic Q-tips), slip the end of the
ribbon inside, and carefully melt the plastic with a lighter
- On some materials, you can either melt the raw
ends or use a seam sealant to keep it from fraying
Just like that, you have a new pair of shoelaces! Test them
out on the shoes to make sure they fit properly before you give them away. This
project is very inexpensive and takes less than half an hour, but the results
Popular lace-up shoes you could pair your DIY laces with:
Munro Veranda in Grey Suede/Patent. Also available in Black Leather/Suede and Black Suede/Patent.
A women's lightweight lace-up that can be paired equally well with
jeans or slacks, the
Munro Veranda is an attractive shoe with unbeatable fit
and luxurious comfort. Combining goat suede and patent leather, the Veranda
offers subtle contrast that draws the eye. This stylish shoe's outsole is shock-absorbent
and slip-resistant, but is made of ultra-light EVA to keep that spring in your
step. A removable contoured footbed and riveted steel shank provide stability
and support all day long. And like all Munro shoes, the Veranda is available in
an unparalleled range of sizes (4-14) and widths (SS-WW).
The Munro Veranda typically comes with standard black laces,
which are perfect for a classic look. Use printed ribbon instead for a funky
twist, or lace to add feminine charm.
Clarks Desert Boot
(Men's and Women's)
Left: Clarks Men's Desert Boot in Beeswax Leather. Also available in Black Suede, Bronze Nubuck, Oakwood Suede, and more.
Right: Clarks Women's Desert Boot in Taupe Distressed. Also available in Beeswax Leather, Black Suede, Chocolate Suede, and Oakwood Suede.
For those who like a more rugged look, the Clarks Men's Desert Boot/Clarks Women's Desert Boot is a classic lace-up boot that
complements a variety of outfits. This iconic boot, designed by Nathan Clark in
1950 and remaining virtually unchanged ever since, has a timeless appeal and an
unmistakable silhouette. Crafted from high quality, breathable leather or suede
on a traditional crepe sole, the original Clarks Desert Boot is gorgeous in its
The Clarks Desert Boot is great for this project because the
laces are relatively short, and it can be matched with virtually any color or
material. Go wild!
Sorel Tivoli High II
Sorel Tivoli High II in Curry. Also available in Black.
Sorel boots are a winter staple, and the women's Sorel Tivoli High II is the ideal cold weather boot. Knee-high and moisture proof, the Tivoli
High II makes tromping through the snow as fun as it was when you were a kid. The
breathable upper of waterproof suede is lined with soft microfleece and 100g
insulation to keep your feet warm, dry, and cozy. A removable molded footbed
provides optimal support, while a rubber outsole gives you the traction you
need on slick surfaces. Top it off with faux fur at the collar, and you have
one seriously stylish winter boot!
On the opposite end of the spectrum from the Desert Boot,
the Sorel Tivoli High II has extremely long laces, all the way up its 11½"
shaft. Luckily, it features D-ring hardware and ghillie-style lacing, so it's
easy to re-lace. Plus, this allows you
to make a truly unique statement—that much lacing is bound to be noticed!
New Balance 928v2
Leather (Men's and Women's)
Left: New Balance Men's 928v2 Leather in White. Also available in Black and Brown.
Right: New Balance Women's 928v2 Leather in Grey. Also available in Black and White.
The New Balance Men's 928v2 Leather/New Balance Women's 928v2 Leather is a handsome walking
shoe from the brand you trust for the best in sneakers and athletic gear. Motion
control, ROLLBAR stability tech, and ABZORB midsole cushioning combine to give
you the very best in comfort and support. The 928v2 Leather is treated for odor
resistance to keep feet fresh, and the padded collar and tongue ensure that
every step feels as good as the one before. The full grain leather upper gives
this sneaker a sophisticated vibe and helps it to stand out from the crowd
wherever you go.
The traditional sneaker design of the New Balance 928v2
Leather makes swapping out the laces simplicity itself. Provide contrast to
this walking shoe's muted tones by brightening it up with neon fabric laces, or
keep it subtle with earth toned laces, like pine green, mink, or soft gray.
Stay tuned for another tutorial, coming soon! Next time
we'll be making DIY Shoe Clips, another fun and easy way to give shoes a mini
makeover without damaging them.
Sneak peek! Creating these adorable flowers is easier than it looks.