The slider trend was a good one for me, I'm all for minimal effort when it comes to footwear. I like throwing on my shoes, knowing they will match my outfit and that I can walk all day without being in pain by the end. I bought these black sliders last year, and boy have they served me well. Two holidays and miles of pavement pounding later, they're still going strong.
That said, seeing all the shiny new pairs in the shops, I thought they could do with a facelift. I wondered if I could find five ways to update my shoes with easy, inexpensive DIYs, and give my old soles a new lease of life. The answer was yes!
For all my DIYs, with a wide range of materials from wood to leather, I use my favourite glue, (yes, I realise I just uttered the words 'favourite glue' but trust me.) You can buy it for the bargain price of £1, but it's super strong and hasn't let me down yet.
1. Crystal gems, £3.39 for 250
The key to expensive looking diamantes is to buy ones in castings. There are so many options for embellishing your sandals or sliders. I was inspired by these beautiful Atiico Palm Tree Mules, and decided to play around with different shaped motifs. I cut a heart out of some scrap paper, using it as a template for my design. I loved the final effect! I also tried a circle and my initials, both of which looked great. A minimal amount of glue was needed to glue the gems in place.
2. Braided rope, 5 Metres for £3.99
You can buy braided rope cheaply on eBay or at hardware stores like Homebase or Wickes. The variety of bright colours make them perfect for crafts! I don't think the creators imagined them to be used for this purpose, but rope details have been all over the catwalk in recent seasons. I cut seven 20cm sections of rope, (you don't need 5 metres but that was the smallest quantity I could find) adding some glue to the end of the rope to avoid fraying. You could also use a lighter or match for this. Again, the super strong glue holds the rope in place perfectly.
3. Gingham Ribbon, £1.85 per metre
The gingham trend isn't going anywhere, an easy way to incorperate the trend is with this printed ribbon. I cut two 20cm sections of ribbon with fabric scissors to ensure a clean edge. Using the glue sparingly, I secured the two strips 2cm apart, which gave a great striped effect.
4. Rhinestone Mesh, £2.28 per metre
This black and silver rhinestone mesh is so cheap to buy, but looks so sparkly and statement. I bought one metre with 8 rows of rhinestones. If you wanted to cover the sliders entirely, you can buy wider strips, it's easy to cut the mesh along the lines, to fit your shoes. I glued my rhinestones in the centre of my sliders, leaving 1cm either side. Not bad for under £3!
5. Floral Gems, £3
These colourful gems give a real summery, girly vibe to my shoes. In the centre of my sliders, I secured 8 flowers, in varying colours, 5mm apart. These would be perfect for a holiday 'Instagram snap, just find a cool tiled floor and let the likes roll in...
I hope you liked these easy update ideas, this weekend why not try one for yourself?