I’m the kind of person that has strange things happen on a regular basis. Some call me accident prone, some call me a disaster and some call me a sitcom waiting to happen.
As an example, I had been working at my new job in marketing for about 2 months when the unthinkable happened. I lived in an apartment back then and Aggie needed to go to the bathroom. It was December and it was freezing cold. I remember being particularly irritated because she woke me 20 minutes before my alarm would have gone off and I felt deprived of my extra sleep.
It was still dark out and I intended to only take Ags to the little patch of grass RIGHT by my door so I went down in my short nightgown and didn’t even bother with my slippers. I bounced from foot to foot upset with my decision to not wear shoes and we both ran up the stairs after the deed was done. I turned the knob to enter and it fell off in my hand.
So here I am in an embarrassingly ratty nightgown with no shoes, no cell phone and not knowing any of my neighbors since I had quite literally just moved in. Plus, I can see inside of my warm and comfy apartment through the hole where my doorknob used to be.
I wound up walking all the way to the front of the complex where Aggie and I waited inside the workout room for several hours waiting for the front office to open. My work didn’t believe me when I called them collect from a payphone so I had to take photos of the fella working on it as proof of the incident. Never again did they require proof for my many odd situations.
For this project you will need:
- Flat back white studs & gold studs (mine are 10mm)
- E-6000 , Hot glue gun or a Heat Setting Tool
I purchased my studs from Delish Beads. They are by far the best priced I have found and they have free shipping. They come in a variety of colors, but a quick message will get you what you need. I asked for approximately half being white and they happily obliged!
First take your white studs and work out how many will work well on the toe. Four fit well for me so I tacked them down right down the middle of the toe. Then working from side to side I kept gluing down and doing my best to keep the pattern consistent. It isn’t perfect but you can’t tell from a normal distance.
Tack down using your glue of choice, both E-6000 and hot glue worked well for me. If your studs are hot fix, you can also use heat (which I didn’t think about until now…)
Keep working the pattern throwing in a differently colored stud on occasion for good impact. I received gold, black, silver, a pinky gold color and a holographic silver. Choose the color that would most often suit your wardrobe.
I look at some projects in a different way than others. I like when things are assymmetrical and unpredictable. As far as I’m concerned that is a good thing because making a consistent and exact pattern can prove difficult.
So I continued gluing the studs down the sides of the shoes randomly missing a stud and utilizing the gold color. If you prefer, you can make a solid pattern but you should think out placement prior to gluing down.
*** And this is the point where we pause so that I an explain why I told you the story above about my accidental ways. Right around this time I got cold and decided to change from shorts to pants. As I was changing I noticed that I somehow glued 4 studs to my right thigh. Removing them was very painful and created marks. I then switched to a hot glue gun as I’m more likely to notice gluing something to myself with that business.
Place your shoes side by side and mimic the placement of the studs as best you can. Repeat the process for the toe and then use the side of your first shoe as a guide for good placement for the 3 remaining sides of your shoes.
When you get toward the backs turn your shoes while placing to try and make your lines gradually meet up. Doing each side independently you can have some pretty different lines that won’t come near matching up in the end. To finish stud the seams on the backs of the shoes.
Go around your shoes and ensure that your studs are stuck well. any that have corners easily coming up need another dab of glue to help keep them down.
So what do you think? Are you interested in having your own studded flats? If you do, I’d love, love love to see them!