Freshen Your Step: 7 Ways to Makeover Your Old Shoes For Fall

7 Ways to Makeover Your Shoes for Fall

Why do shoes have such a hold over our imaginations? From blue suede to those made for walking, no other accessory has inspired as many songs or so much frenzied devotion. But why, if we adore our shoes so much, is it so easy to chuck them when they’ve gone out of style or have fallen into disrepair? Don’t they deserve better? Before you kick your old pair to the curb, check out our seven tips for refurbishing and refashioning your footwear—and get set to fall in love with your shoes all over again.

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Who doesn’t own a pair of plain-Jane strappy sandals that could use a little extra oomph? Hope Studios has an easy way of transforming them into the dreamy Christian Louboutins worn by Sex & the City’s resident shoe-guru, Carrie Bradshaw. If C.L.’s Petal Sandals are what you hanker for, hop on over to MissMalaprop for a how-to.

+ Hope Studios Shoe Make-over

+ MissMalaprop DIY Christian Louboutin Petal Sandals

crocheted shoes


If you know your way around a crochet hook, this handy (or should we say “footy”) tutorial from Crochet Me will teach you how to add a flirty ruffle to a pair of ankle boots.

+ Crochet Me Shoe-torial

handdrawn wingtip sneakers


Take a cue from Wayward Girls’ ivory and black “wingtips” and draw your shoes a whole new personality. All you need are some markers and a yen for whimsy.

+ Wayward Girls

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Turn your kicks from tired to inspired with Pretty Sneaky’s fabulous hand-knit covers for your Chucks. Choose from houndstooth, skull-and-crossbones, or quirky “Nun Chucks” designs.

+ Pretty Sneaky

DIY painted shoes by Dot & Line


If you’re bored with the color of your shoes, a bit of textile paint is all you need to put some pizzazz back into your soles. Dot & Line has a step-by-step guide (complete with photos) on how to spiff up a long-neglected pair with a new coat of color.

+ DIY Painted Shoes

+ Dot & Line

DIY decoupage shoes by Yasmin Bochi


Artist Yasmin Bochi gussied up a pair of boots by decoupaging a few international postage stamps onto their surface. With some Mod Podge and a fabric brush in hand, you’re limited only by your imagination. Some fabric scraps can liven up boring canvas, while pages from your favorite glossy can make a clever statement.

+ Around the World Restyled Boots

+ Recycle Fabric Scraps into Restyled Shoes

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And last, but not least, our No. 1 way to spruce up your shoes is a no-brainer: Take them to be repaired! Most shoe uppers are surprisingly resilient, but the soles take a daily beating. Bringing them to your local shoe-repair shop is a simple way to keep your favorite shoes looking like new, save a ton of money, and avoid having to go through that painful break-in process with a brand new pair.

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10 Responses to “Freshen Your Step: 7 Ways to Makeover Your Old Shoes For Fall”

  1. MarieL says:

    This is definitely a great way to recycle in an innovative and creative way! It’s amazing what you can do with old, forgotten treasures.

    Aldea does something similar to this, except with scarves. The artisans pretty much take apart an old chenille sweater and use that same thread to make a scarf. They look sooo warm!

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  7. missetniq says:

    I absolutely LOVE these ideas!

  8. sf indie fashion says:

    great ideas – i love the idea of painting shoes to give them new life. have tried it on my own using leather paint – definitely works, especially if you can get a pro to repair the heels/soles.

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  10. dsclarkkk says:

    The Wall Street Journal Did an article about this market and online shoe repair services. I read about all four of the companies but I sent my Mephisto shoes to and they came back better than brand new because they were still streched by my own feet but reconditioned to be virtually brand new.

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