Thursday, August 20, 2009

DIY: Christian Louboutin Petal Heels

As far as unrequited love goes, few situations sting as much as knowing a pair lusty-worthy shoes will never find their way into my closet. The starring role in my most illicit shoe fantasies is Christian Louboutin's petal heels. The soft cascading satin petals set my heart afire.

However, I can't afford to spend $1,000 on a pair of shoes. I have more important things to spend my money on - like rent and groceries.

This didn't stop me. It just forced me to be more creative in fulfilling my fantasy. Earlier this year (okay in February; this post is awfully late), I marched off to DSW to scour the sale section for a pair of satin "special occasion" t-strap pumps. Done. Then off to the fabric store for a yard of matching chiffon.

I didn't take photos of the steps, but here's a quick recap:
  1. Fold the fabric in half.
  2. Cut petal shapes on the fold. This will give you dual-sided petals.
  3. Tie the petals onto the straps of the shoes.
  4. Voila!

The best part? When a petal looks wilted, snip it off and tie on a new one.

And, well, this version was $970 cheaper than the inspiration pair.


  1. Great job, they're beautiful!

  2. Hi, Great job! they are gorgeous! x

  3. Thanks, ladies! They were really easy to make if you're looking to kill a couple of hours.

  4. I cannot put into words the excitement this stirs in me. You could go NUTS with fake flowers too!

  5. Wow! Those are ADORABLE!!! I'm totally inspired, great job!!!

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