One of my favorite things about winter coming to a close — apart from the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer — is looking forward to breaking out my spring clothes. I get to put the wool socks back in the drawer and hang up my down coat in favor of bare feet and a lightweight trench. Such a good feeling.
This spring, Joanna and I are both obsessed with the patch-embellished trend we’ve been seeing, so we decided to DIY some embellished shoes with embroidered patches to match our personal styles. Joanna chose classic rose patches for a Gucci-inspired effect (like this awesome denim jacket) while I opted for some wing-like embellishments that reminded me of a favorite Dries Van Noten collection — but the possibilities are endless.
- shoes (we shared some really good options at the end of this post)
- patches (we used these and these)
- E6000 Fabri Fuse glue
Start by applying glue to the back of your patch. Don’t be too skimpy, but make sure you leave a little bit of space around the outside of the patch so glue doesn’t leak out when you press the patch onto the shoe.
Carefully place the patch onto the shoe, press down lightly then remove the patch.
Using the glue outline left by the patch, apply a thin layer of glue to the shoe. Basically, you want both sides to be covered in glue to create a nice, strong bond.
Place the patch back on the shoe and smooth firmly down. If any glue happens to leak out, use a Q-tip to quickly remove it.
Now all that’s left to do is let the glue dry (the package recommends about eight hours) and wear these bad boys all around town.
Also, how great do these rose patches look with Joanna’s tattoos?! What kind of patches would you add to your favorite footwear?
In case you want to make your own embellished shoes, here are some good options to try:
photography by Meghan Klein, DIY by Hannah Cross.
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