Every girl likes to changeup her wardrobe now and again, but unfortunately budgets don’t always allow for the purchasing of all-new sets of clothes and shoes on a regular basis. Thankfully, the booming popularity of crafts as a hobby has resulted in a wide range of customization options on the market for fashion lovers to experiment with.
Customizing shoes is one trend that has taken off massively in recent years. With inexpensive and plain shoes available in abundance, shoppers are more than ever choosing to use shoe accessories, dyes and other craft products to add a truly personal touch to their footwear instead of splashing out on more costly designs and brands.
One of the best ways to customize your shoes is with the addition of shoe clips. These shoe accessories are a great way to add unique style to footwear without making any permanent changes. Shoe clips come in a range of materials and designs – from bows and flowers to studs and chains – and can be attached in any place on any shoe.
Shoe accessories such as clips are applied to any footwear by simply clipping them on the sides, fronts, backs, heels and laces of the items in question. They can be moved around and repositioned as often or as little as possible, and can be taken off after wear without leaving any trace of damage on the shoe.
Dye is another great cost effective way of customizing your shoes. Rather than adding a single embellishment like shoe accessories do, dying can completely transform the color of footwear and therefore the entire look of the items. This can be done at home after purchasing a good quality shoe dye, or by a professional shoe dying service at a little additional cost.
Popular shoe dye shades include gold and metallic colors, cobalt blue, classic black and red, deep purples and vibrant pinks. The change is, however, permanent, so make sure that you are really in love with the color you choose before going ahead with the procedure. You can collect color swatches of your ideal shade so that your professional dying service delivers an exact match.
Adding jewels, crystals and pearls can be another way to customize your shoes on a budget but with a big impact. These shoe accessories are directly adhered to the shoe to give a permanent yet stunning effect. Unlike shoe clips, crystals and pearls are designed to stay on your shoe for a long time, so be sure to plan your designthoroughlybefore application.
You can use crystals and jewels to create patterns or motifs on your shoes, or you can even opt for a more striking all-over look by covering the entire surface of your shoes with decorations. This can be a long and pain-staking process, but will result in a dazzling look for the fraction of the price of a similar item bought on the high street.
Finally, instead of covering a shoe in crystals, jewels or pearls, one particular on-trend option is to cover footwear with glitter. Another inexpensive solution, this kind of customization is perfect for a festive occasion or a night out where you want to make an impression. Popular glitter color choices include gold, silver and blue.
Glitter can be applied using a strong adhesive designed for the purpose, but the job is messy and can be time-consuming. An alternative is to apply glitter or colored paint to the soles or heels of high heeled shoes, creating a more subtle look which still has enough sparkle to dazzle onlookers.