There are DIY glitter shoe tutorials all over the internet at the moment. I don't tend to play with shoes so I must thank Geneva at A Pair & a Spare for inspiring me to give glitter a go. I had a pair of neglected ankle boots that I have barely worn because of the beige rubber wedge. I couldn't get over the texture and colour of this wedge, it looked like something medical, or like the skin from the top of a Klingon's head (there's nothing wrong with it on a Klingon but it doesn't look very nice on a shoe).
However, the boots were too good to sit indoors, never feeling the touch of a loving foot. With a few bits and bobs I managed a glittery transformation that I'm proud of. I bought a multipack of various glitters at my local £1 shop.
I prepared the wedge, rubbing it with nail polish remover to remove any industrial coating then scratching it with a stanley knife to rough up the surface. I put masking tape all around the shoe to protect it. Protecting the floor is a ripped up copy of Stylist magazine, which is given away free in London on Wednesdays. If you look carefully here you can see a picture of black boots with sparkly gold heels, which my wedges were aspiring to surpass.
I tipped all of the different colours of glitter together into an empty jar and stirred in some glue. I used Mod Podge, which I found in my local art shop. It is apparently a very useful glue. It is transparent once dry and I am hoping it is weather resistant. Mod Podge has serious fans, someone has even made a blog about all the things she does with it.
I doused my brush with the glue and painted it all over the ugly wedges.
I let the first layer dry over night then painted another layer over the top. Once dry, I pealed off all the masking tape and I now own a beautiful a pair of warm winter disco wedges. I just need to practice walking in heels.