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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Heal Thy Heels

If you're an avid high heel wearer, then I'm sure you may have had an incident or two when walking the city streets.  They can be cruel to the well-heeled woman.

I know I should probably always switch to my "street shoes" when I'm out and about, but sometimes I just want the world to see my entire outfit - not the watered down version, with the "sensible shoes."  So anyway, I bought these Schutz mirrored silver sandals last summer.  I wore them twice, and the streets got me.  I think it happened in New York...


Needless to say - I was heartbroken.  I did some basic research on ways to fix this, but didn't come up with anything. Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but I do have a tiny bit of "craftiness" inside me, so I thought to myself, "Self, maybe a little glue and silver glitter will save the day." So here's what I did:

  1. I went to Michael's and bought some Aleene's Original Tacky Glue and Tulip Fashion Glitter and got to work.  
  2. I applied the glue to a small paintbrush and spread it evenly over the heel. 
  3. I waited about 30 seconds to give the glue the opportunity to get a little tacky.
  4. I generously sprinkled the glitter over the heel. 
  5. I had to go back a few times and fill in some sparse areas. 
  6. I waited until the glue/glitter were completely dry, then went outside to a well-ventilated area and sprayed Krylon Glitter Blast clear sealer, which I also purchased at Michael's, over the entire heel of each shoe - to help seal in the glitter.  
  7. I repeated twice to ensure I got great coverage.   
Note: I covered the entire shoe with a plastic bag, with the exception of the heel to ensure the sealer did not get applied to other parts of the shoe(s).


Here's how they turned out.  

I'm actually pleased with the end result.  Now I can start wearing my shoes again.  I have a few other pairs of shoes where the heels need fixing, but may not be the best candidates for glitter.  I'm going to have to put my creative hat back on and see what I can figure out.