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Fabric Covered Shoes: Make Your Own

Added Jan 24, 2011

by alisondahl

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Ever since I saw the fabric covered shoes on Erdem’s S/S2010 runway I have been dying to make a pair for myself. It seemed like a difficult ordeal at first but the process was surprisingly easy, and so rewarding!

I chose one of my favorite Liberty of London peacock prints in cotton lawn that I had left over from a dress I made (I was going for a matchy-matchy look). I used a pair of plain black faux-leather wedges that I didn’t mind experimenting with. The wedge heel for me was a must— I think the covered heel is the most exciting part of the shoe’s silhouette. Next time I would love to try a floral-printed silk charmeuse like the Erdem wedges pictured above!

Material Notes

Shoes (I recommend a wedge), 1 yard of fabric, 1 yards self-adhesive fabric sheet, craft glue (make sure it’s suitable for fabric), scissors, pencil




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Bridal, Evening Wear, Mod, Rock, Victorian
Cotton, Silk


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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.11 AMby delfinelise

    Love this! Great idea so inspiring! Thanks! :)

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    Jan 24, 2011, 11.58 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    whaaaaat?! i am in love with this, and eyeing a 10 dollar pair of sarah jessica parker wedges from the sadly defunct steve&barry’s line…

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      Jan 25, 2011, 12.04 AMby alisondahl

      Ha! The perfect template for a fashion overhaul.

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      Jan 25, 2011, 12.07 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      ain’t it tho?

      but i have to admit, i cried when my red velvet heels of the same line died. on my birthday. i mean, really.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 11.02 PMby laugh434

    Fantastic! I’m certain I have a pair of shoes (or two or three pairs) that I can use for this!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 10.16 PMby fairytale-thirteen

    lush upcycling – i was looking at s/s 2011 floral sandals with huge wedgs in a magazine yesterday – so these will be added to my to-do list – thanks for sharing – happy sewing x.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 10.15 PMby mixtlii

    That looks so fun!!! I have to try it!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.06 PMby Olivia Anne

    def gonna try this out

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    Jan 24, 2011, 07.48 PMby prettyfascinated

    Those shoes look incredible! And I adore that print, I am dying to find some lovely prints but sadly the fabric shops were I live tend to deal mostly in plain satins and curtain fabric…not exactly ideal for a aspiring seamstress!

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      Jan 24, 2011, 08.37 PMby alisondahl

      I understand— I feel lucky to live in NYC, if not for anything else, for the fabric stores. You could try upcycling a vintage dress, sham or curtain with a pretty print… Thrift stores tend to carry exciting retro prints too. Check out this post on making your own fabric.

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      Jan 26, 2011, 07.35 AMby loulourosa

      Liberty fabric can be ordered at http://www.liberty.co.uk/
      or when you search the internet or etsy for fabric I’m sure you will find nice prints. Or what about one of you’re mothers old dresses,…

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    Jan 24, 2011, 06.51 PMby caramia-made

    Ahhhhhh love this! I don’t normally wear heels (wedges or otherwise), but I’ve got a pair of old flats that I never wear. I might give this a go using them! Woo hoo!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 06.37 PMby violetsky

    Wow what a great idea, I am going to keep this in mind for July when I have to go to my boss’s wedding. She’s challenged me to make my dress for it, now I might also do my shoes too.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 06.23 PMby carottesauvage

    Those shoes are really special! Very inspiring tutorial!

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      Jan 24, 2011, 06.25 PMby alisondahl

      thanks helene! I am now dreaming up the next pair— though I’ll have to going vintage shopping, thrift-store-scraping for a new pair of wedges.

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      Jan 24, 2011, 06.29 PMby carottesauvage

      No really, that’s a superb post. Even though I haven’t gone through the instructions in detail yet, I am already inspired! From now on, We will all have a second look at shoes each time we enter a Charity shop! Way to go Burdastyle!
      btw, I love the consistency of the latest posts in accordance to a single theme (prints)…great idea!

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