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Oct 6, 2010

Don't Step on My Toes! A Shoe DIY

Which pair is mine ;)

I have a love for pyramid studs and spikes that borders on obsession. It probably is related to my love of Punk, but maybe not. I don't care, I just love that studs and spikes are currently covering all types of things, including some incredibly amazing shoes. Being bored one day I decided to create my own pair of spiked shoes at a small fraction of the price of the shoes I've been lusting after. My original idea was to cap the heel and toe in spikes, but since my spikes were so big I had to go for a really minimalistic look. If I get smaller spikes I will definitely try my original idea.

-1 pair cheap/old shoes you don't mind putting holes in
-flat top screw in spikes (Pay attention to the size you buy. I wish mine were smaller)
-leather punch/something that can cut through leather

1. Use a pen/marker to mark where you want your spikes to go on your heels. You probably want to use a measuring tape to measure spacing so you can easily make the shoes identical. Not doing this lead me to punching extra holes.

2. Use leather punch to create holes make sure you are making the holes as small as your screws or smaller. Large holes will lead to limp spikes :(

3. Screw in you spikes.
*Use spikes with screws like those pictured so they will lay flat on the inside of the shoe. If the screw heads still irritate your feet you can use fabric glue and a small piece of cloth/leather to line the part of the shoe were the heads are.

4. Enjoy!


  1. cute! that's good to note about the size of the hole too. thank you!

  2. Anonymous11/23/2010

    fantastic shoes!!!!!

  3. This is a great DIY, I so want to try it now!

  4. Those C Louboutin's shoes are just beautiful
    Love the spike details

  5. Now this is VERY creative.