Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spike It! Easy Shoe DIY

Instagram folks already saw my spike-y shoe DIY, but I wanted to share a little bit of the process and aftermath on the blog.

Spiked Shoes DIY

What I used:
  • $15 flats from Target
  • ~130 spikes (purchased on eBay for $5 per 100 shipped)
  • E-6000 glue (dries completely clear without any lumpy glue globs)
What I did:
Started on the edge where the shoe met the foot.  Glued first spike right in the center and then spread out to the sides.

Glued subsequent spikes in front of the foundational spikes from the above photo

Briefly considered stopping here, but decided a whole-shoe look would look better

On the first day of wear, I lost 3 spikes all along the edges of my toes (had no idea I accidentally kicked so many things throughout the day).  I wound up just pulling off all the toe edge spikes to even it out.  I liked the look of the edge spikes, but being clumsy just means they will keep falling off.  I was worried that the glue would blemish the shoe, but there is absolutely no residue on it.  Go E6000 for that!

On day 2, only 1 spike fell off.  Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results!

Helpful tips:
  • Non-permanently marked where I wanted to place my spikes prior to gluing them down.  One shoe has slightly more spaced out spikes than the other and this would have been mitigated by better planning on my part.
  • Wiped my shoes down before gluing.  I'm wondering if any shoe residue would make the glue not stick as well.
Are you a spiked accessory fan?


  1. I have really been wanting studded everything but it is really not that congruent with my style!

    This is a great DIY and I've been meaning to revamp a few old pairs of shoes so I'll definitely need to find myself some studs. xD

  2. What a great idea to give a luxe look to a pair of shoes! Love the studs and glad to hear they are sticking. So creative SPG!! Love love love it! xoxo, Phoebe

  3. Love the look and glad the glue didn't leave residue! I'm not a spike person, but maybe just a few to get started. Yay for spike shoes!! Don't hurt anyone ;).

  4. Love Love Love this!!! Im not a big fan of spikes but love them on others!! Smaller spikes might stay put i guess?

  5. oooh i love this! i really wanted the sam edelman ones but didn't wanna pay for them. this is a great option. why didn't i think of looking for spikes on ebay?!

    Happy Valentine's Day!


  6. This is a great DIY :) I always wanted a pair and would love to try this out! Just need to get me some spikes


  7. What a fun DIY! Love the results!

  8. I LOVE how this came out. What a fun DIY!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  9. this is so cute! i would definitely hurt myself with that many spikes, lol

  10. Studding shoes has been on the back of my mind forever, but seeing your IG post sparked my interest again and I`ve been watching studs on eBay :P

  11. Hehehe... i wear my shoes so rough, all of mine wouldve fallen out by day two :)

    This is so clever and crafty! Love this look


  12. OMG that's such a good idea! I'm going to try this. I just posted an urban outfitters haul post. Please stop by to check it out if you are interested :)


  13. Fantabulous! Who would’ve thought you could transform a plain shoe into a glamorous one with just glue? I so love your work! And it didn’t even have glue residue in it! Thank you for the wonderful idea! I am so trying this at home! =D Shannon @InstantCA.com


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