The warmer months ahead mean less layers, longer days and lots of open-toed sandals. Whether you’re heading to a picnic or dinner al fresco, breezy sandals will complement any outfit. And if you’re looking to put your own creative spin on a pair of statement making kicks, read on! With these do-it-yourself summer sandal ideas, you can make jazzed up sandals part of your signature look.
12. Jeweled Leather Sandals
Give your basic leather sandals the high fashion treatment by adding a line of jewels to the cross strap. Drawing from sandal trends made popular by the Italian design house Marni, Grace Atwood of Sequins & Stripes puts the perfect DIY twist on this pair.
11. Chain Embellished Sandals
Looking to amp up the cool factor with a pair of black sandals? A gold link chain adds a bit of edge to black sandals as seen here from A Pair & A Spare.
10. Tassel Sandals
From brunch with the girls to a night on the town, summer days call for dressed up sandals. The girls at Honestly WTF glammed up these black high heel sandals with boho-style silk cord, tassels and coins.
9. Sporty Sandals
One of the biggest and boldest surprises in fashion is the rise of the “ugly” sandal trend. Finally, comfort and style have collided! Instead of searching in the depths of your closet for that pair of Birkenstocks, take some sporty sandals and embellish them like this pair from Love Maegan.
8. Bow Sandals
This elegant look from SwellMayde proves that bows aren’t just for little girls anymore! Beautify your tried-and-true T-strap sandals by gluing or sewing on a dainty bow.
7. Pom-Pom Heels
A playful embellishment is the key to taking high heel sandals from day to night. These pom pom heels from I Spy DIY can be paired perfectly with a graphic pencil skirt or cropped trousers.
6. Art Deco-Inspired Sandals
Adding a geometric pattern to classic white sandals is fresh and on trend. This pair from Morning By Foley infuses Art Deco style into everyday gladiator sandals. Black and gold paints lend a chic, Great Gatsby-era feel, but this design will look great in pretty much any color combination.
5. Studded Strap Sandals
Studs and footwear is a match made in heaven, especially when it comes to boots, flats and sandals. Why buy a pair of studded sandals when you can DIY your own, like these from Brit + Co.? Learn how to recreate this look (as well as three other embellished sandal looks).
4. Tribal Wrap Sandals
With a little patience and colored string you can create a cool pair of tribal-inspired kicks. Jenni from I Spy DIY transformed this pair of inexpensive brown sandals into stylish footwear fit for one of summer’s many music festivals.
3. Crystal Sandals
Add a bit of sparkle and shine to a pair of otherwise simple sandals. Many arts and crafts stores sell crystal beads in a single strand, which makes crafting quick and easy. These glitzy sandals, created by Stylin in St. Louis, are guaranteed to elevate any outfit.
2. Fabric-Wrapped Sandals
Ever wondered what to do with those left over fabric scraps? Grab some Mod Podge, and in a few hours you’ll have a darling new pair of sandals like these from Paper & Stitch.
1. Beaded Strappy Sandals
No summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of statement sandals. Customize your own pair using seed beads and a clever glue and wire technique developed by Kirsten Nunez of Studs & Pearls. These are the sandals you’ll want to wear all summer long.
References and ResourcesStripes & Sequins
A Pair & A Spare
I Spy D.I.Y.
Morning By Foley
Brit + Co.
I Spy D.I.Y.
Stylin in St. Louis