Summer Style Upgrade: 10 DIY Ways to Spruce Up Your Sandals

Summer Style Upgrade: 10 DIY Ways to Spruce Up Your Sandals

Tess Wilson
Jun 2, 2016
(Image credit: Honestly...WTF)

Sandal weather is upon us! I spent the winter with my feet trapped in snow boots and multiple layers of socks and am thrilled to be able to release them from their furry, wooly traps. Sandals protect feet while letting them be free, so let's honor our beloved warm-weather footwear with these 10 sandal-enhancing tutorials.


  1. DIY Jeweled Sandals by Honestly...WTF Inspired by $595 Marni sandals, this tutorial spices up a walkable pair of shoes. (Here's a pair from Forever21 that would work if you don't feel like putting glue on Madewells.)
  2. DIY Jeweled Sandals by Kate Maree Here's a similar take that uses smaller, easier-to-find crystals and super glue, no settings or pliers required.
  3. DIY Marni Jeweled Sandals by The Happy Homebodies Another take on pricey Marnis, this tutorial makes use of $15 Target sandals and a necklace you never wear.
  4. Gold Snake T-Strap Sandals by Maegan If your wardrobe could use some more witchiness—and whose couldn't?—this is the tutorial for you, especially if you don't have over a thousand dollars to drop on the Giuseppe Zanotti shoes they were inspired by.
  5. Swarovski-Embellished Tevas by Honestly...WTF I appreciate that there's a tutorial for sprucing up the type of sporty, comfy sandals in which I spend the summer. I have an old pair of Merrells that might get festooned...


  1. DIY Metallic Sandals by Enthralling Gumption This tutorial utilizes silver contact paper, of all things!
  2. Rainbow Tassel Sandals by Apartment Therapy The most affordable DIY in the bunch, this one only requires a bit of embroidery floss or yarn.
  3. DIY Tassel Greek Sandals by Honestly...WTF If you found you couldn't stop making tassels, put them all to use on these lace-ups.
  4. DIY Easy Artisan Sandals by Kipi I had some hair ribbon like this when I was little, and I was obsessed with it. I wish I'd been clever enough to embellish my sandals with it once I stopped wearing pigtails on a regular basis.
  5. DIY Espadrille Sandals by A Beautiful Mess Make your own espadrilles in a to-die-for color you can't find in stores, or make use of some scrap leather, pleather, or stiff fabric you happen to have.
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