DIY Glitter Pumps

Written by on August 24, 2011 in DIY, Lifestyle - 40 Comments

Thanks to the Twittersphere we were introduced to these fabulous DIY glittery pumps by A Pair and a Spare! The Glitter Guide team has been going nuts for the Miu Miu’s sparkly shoes for fall but they aren’t in our budget. So we’re thrilled to try Geneva’s easy DIY alternative.

She used $5 Louboutins found at a market. We recommend you try it with inexpensive heels.

Here’s what you’ll need:
Gold glitter
Acrylic glue
A paint brush

How to:
1. Clean the shoes, and then lightly sand them to rough up the surface so the glue sticks properly.
2. Mix the glue and glitter together in a container.
3. Paint the shoe with the glitter glue.
4. Sprinkle with extra glitter to fully coat the shoes. Don’t worry about getting glitter inside the shoes, just clean them up once the glue has dried.
5. Since these pics were taken I have also done a second coat on the heel part of the shoes – there were some spots I had missed. You may get away with a single coat, but feel free to do a second coat if required.

Head to A Pair and a Spare for more photos and other amazing DIY ideas!

  • Stephanie @ henry happened

    Glitter shoes are the best! I made a pair myself! :)

  • Kanae


    Thanks for this DIY! I will definitely try this out!

  • Sweet Nothings

    um…did she serisouly DIY Christian Louboutins?

    • melissa

      **meh** Louboutins before
      brilliant Louboutins after

  • Heather

    @sweet nothings…i was just thinking the same thing! i think i’d opt for a less glam pair to get arts and crafty with… how about a nice pair from target or something….

    • Wanda

      She did only pay five dollars for them, and they were really ugly.

  • Brooke

    @Sweet Nothings, I was thinking the exact same thing!!

  • Jenelle

    I also had some made as well, just with a pair of Wal-Mart shoes!
    Check out the DIY at :)

  • Angie

    So awesome! I had to re-share this on pinterest for the world to see!

  • Laura

    I was upset about glittering the Loubs, until I read in the DIY that the Loubs were already ruined, due to the former owner trying to fix scratches with nail polish.

    They look much better now.

    • Sweet Nothings

      that tidbit def was added after! A pretty key detail to include one would think! I dont have 900 heels lying around to glitter. I mean it is a fabulous DIY and they look great, but all the facts in the future :)

      • Jackie

        I think I saw the glitter post on this girls website as soon as it went up a few days ago – and she always said the shoes were ruined that’s why she did them. Using good quality Loubous would be madness!

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  • Krissy

    Definitely want to try this!

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    This is such a fun DIY! I’ve been obsessing over the Miu Miu shoes too and this is such a fun, cheap alternative!! I’m not usually very good at projects like this, but this seems simple enough for even me to do! Glitter Guide kind of rocks me world :)

  • Indiana

    I’m trying this on the weekend. They look amazing!

  • tricia

    these shoes L@@K F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.!!!!!

    is it necessary to brush on the elmer’s or would spray adhesive work????

  • Jenn

    For Halloween a few years back I dressed as the Wicked Witch of the East (the one who ends up under Dorothy’s house) which required striped socks and ruby slippers. I used some kind of craft/fabric glue and red glitter on a pair of platform Mary-Janes I hadn’t worn in a few years. I did find that a trail of red glitter followed me around all night and thought applying a coating of spray glue at the end might have helped.

  • fckyeahtara

    Thanks for posting this Glitter Guide, You guys always give me the best inspiration. This is sooo happening this weekend.

    ps. checked out a pair a spares website and its so cool. shes prettyamazing at diy, wonder how she has time…

  • Emilie

    Awesome! I’m gonna try this very soon!!!!!

  • carla mccarthy

    Love the idea. I’ll be definetly doing it! It’s better this way, cause it’s hard to keep it up buying each color of them in the market.


  • Amanne

    I must find a pair of heels to try this on this weekend! But how the hell did she find $5 Louboutins?

  • Lauren
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  • Erin

    OMGEE!! I love these sparkly heels and will be on the lookout for some to add some Jazz too! Thanks for sharing!!

    Ps. I need to find a market where I can find $5 Loubitons!

  • victoria | vmac+cheese

    Amazing DIY, but for the less crafty among us (raising hand), I just discovered these babies at Zara:

    Cute, right?

  • T R A V E L I S T A

    I can’t believe how good these look! Wow, i think i might have to give an old pair of shoes a makeover too, lol. And incredible..Loub’s for 5 bucks.. Fantastic post thank you!


    OMGOSH! Ha! with some red glitter it’ll look like Dorothy from OZ….cute in gold!! :))))

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  • Katie @ Katie’s Bliss

    This is such a great tutorial that I had to recreate it on my blog! I’d suggest using a clear spray sealer on the shoes after applying the glitter. I used one from Modge Podge!

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  • Nicole

    If you place scrunched up newspaper inside the shoes before beginning, there is no cleaning of the inside required when you are done :)

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