DIY Platform Shoes: Go in Groovy Style!


If you're looking for a pair of cool shoes that really stand out from the crowd, try making your own one-of-a-kind DIY platform shoes. You can customize your plain sneaks and add some height in the process, as shown in A Pair & a Spare. Best of all, you don't need much in terms of labor or materials to get this new, must-have look this season.

How to Make Your Own DIY Platform Shoes

The two most important things you'll need for this do-it-yourself project are a pair of canvas tennis shoes that you want to transform and foam to create the platform bottoms. You can get the foam from an old pair of flip flops or buy it from a craft store and cut it to fit the shoe. You'll also need:

  • An extra pair of soles, which you can cut from old sneakers or buy at a shoe repair store
  • A craft knife
  • Craft glue or a glue gun
  • Raffia, thin rope, ribbons, or something similar to cover the seams

How to Make Them Pretty

Start by gluing the foam to the sole, and set it aside to dry. Depending on the glue you're using, this could take several hours. Make sure it's firm and well glued together before you move on to the next step.

Next, glue these two layers to the bottom of your tennis shoes. Again, you'll need to let this dry. Allow at least a few hours. Overnight is even better.

Once you've completed the basics, next comes the fun part: decorating your new platform shoes! Apply some glue to the surface of the seams and then wrap the raffia, rope, or ribbon around them. Keep this trim thin and just cover the seams, or go wider and completely cover the foam layer so it's not visible. Experiment with what's right for your individual style.

Depending on the products you're using, you might need to glue short sections of rope at a time, then hold it down for a few minutes to make sure it sticks. Once you're finished, let it dry. Again, overnight is probably best.

To add some sparkly fun, use gold or silver raffia, switch to glittery shoelaces, or glue some glitter, sequins, or jewels to the sides or tops of your shoes. Make them your own, and have fun strutting in style!

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