MY DIY | Studded Kitten Heels


As I hinted at yesterday, this is one of my all time favorite projects! I would have done it much earlier, but wanted to find the perfect supplies to pull it off.  During a trip to a Florida thrift store I spotted a pair of black strappy sandals that resembled the Valentino version, then back in New York I picked up the perfect pointed toe kitten heels (on sale!). From my previous stints with studding, I knew M&J Trimming was the place to go for the gold pyramid nailheads. Then I got to work!
Strappy sandals ($5)
Pointy toe kitten heels ($15)
Thin black ribbon
Gold pyramid nailheads
E600 Glue
How to:
1. First line the edges of your heels with the black ribbon by gluing it to the shoes
2. When rounding the front, make a couple slits and overlap the ribbon, then glue to create the curved edge
3. Next cut the straps off the sandals
4. Then attach to the heel by gluing a piece of ribbon to connect the strap and the shoe. I did this step on both the inside and outside of each strap, then held in place until it dried a bit
5. Once all the straps are connected, let fully dry
6. Last, glue studs onto the straps (click here for tips) and let dry!
I can’t wait to take these for a spin at Fashion Week in February!




  1. Andrea says:

    These turned out perfectly!!! They are gorgeous and so much more affordable than the Valentinos… 😉
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

    1. milano mode says:

      Intelligent DIY – your light bulb is always on!
      Good job 🙂

      Visit me & you might just help me decide. Which wedges?

  2. Priscilla says:

    genius! you are so creative. love them!

  3. Demi says:

    They look lovely, good job! I love how versatile those pyramids are; I bought a bulk pack from eBay and have done a few DIY projects myself using them!

  4. Lauren says:

    I am obsessed with this DIY!! You are a genius!

    L. loves to share

  5. Cool stuff. Doesn’t seem time consuming and really cost effective, I like!

  6. Adiel Cloud says:

    Fantastic results! Love how they turned out!


  7. These are just soo coool! love them!

  8. Kacie Cone says:

    Aw so cute, I so want to try this!

  9. Dominica says:

    hah, amazing DIY, wanna try it!!! 🙂

  10. Great, great idea!

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING

  11. Lala says:

    OMG this is amazing !

  12. Scatter Girl says:

    These look just like to valentino ones! fantastic job xx

  13. Kimberly says:

    This is so amazing – I have been wanting a pair of these shoes forever and it never crossed my mind that I could just make them! Great job 🙂

  14. Anonymous says:

    You are brillant. Love the shoes.

  15. Katzi Roman says:

    So cute! Love this idea!

  16. Anonymous says:

    You are brilliant! loved them!!!
    Love your site, I visit every day 🙂


  17. Petra says:

    Wow this idea is amazing. I love that shoes but the shoes in original
    are really too expensive for me so thats DIY is perfect. Thank you very much for this idea.
    xo, Petra

  18. Loved it, they look so expensive and beautiful!

  19. Loved it, they look so expensive and beautiful!

  20. insane!!! you are genius!

  21. oh my god – amazing! nice job!!!

  22. Lost in Elle says:

    All the things that you do are amazing! And all the steps are easy to understand. Congratulation for your job! 🙂


  23. Anonymous says:

    This is such a great idea. I will be trying this. Love the colors.

  24. Love these and so clever! Definitely my favorite project of yours too!

  25. Margaret says:

    Totally Amazing! They look fabulous and love this DIY, must give it a try!

  26. These look amazing.. just like the inspiration posts you had up yesterday!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Now this is something I would love to try. Shoes are fabulous.

  28. Hannah says:

    I would have never thought of using the straps from other sandals! These are amazing!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  29. Great DIY Jenni! So creative to use the straps from another shoe!

  30. Xeana says:

    It looks really as Valentino shoes!


  31. Great DIY!
    More fun and a lot cheaper then the real ones!

  32. Anonymous says:

    This is such a cool idea. Love the shoes and the colors.

  33. E.J.Mallal says:

    where did you get the original shoes from. they are crazy cheap

    1. From a random store in midtown called PrimaDonna

  34. Wow, that’s amazing! At first when I saw it on your Facebook page I thought it was the real deal! love love love.


  35. G says:

    Love how these turned out! for affordable vintage

  36. Wow you did a great job!

  37. Adeola Naomi says:

    I want them and I wish I can find the time and patience to do them!

  38. What? I can’t believe you made these, you rock! So cute 🙂

  39. Nena Nadine says:

    Nicely done, you saucy lady!

  40. They look great, and such a steal compared to the Valentinos!

    As always, thanks for the inspiration.

  41. Anonymous says:

    What a smashing success. Love the shoes. Love the skirt.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Awesome job! Do you need the ribbon or can you just glue directly on straps?

  43. where can i get a gold pyramid nailhead?

  44. Oh la la la my god this is a great way not to spend a thousand bucks on a pair of shoes, definitely gonna try it <3

  45. Barbara says:

    These are just amazing!!!!! I want to try this right now!! Amazing
    I studded my handbag and top, please have a look at:

  46. Ummm… genius!! How did you come up with this??

    I recently made Asymmetrical heels (Zara / Prada inspired)..They were originally old thrifted 80s heels. 🙂 Totally changed the look.


  47. This is so cool love customisning things

  48. Danee says:

    They are definitely cute-more than cute- but I cannot image that they are very structurally sound. Even though the straps are nonfunctional there must be tension on them when you step. Did they stay together?

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