DIY Embellished Espadrilles

If there's one style of shoes you're going to see every summer, year after year, it is, without a doubt, the espadrille. A quick glance at the variety of styles and options available across most (if not all) retailers is proof enough that this shoe is a favorite summer staple. While it's easy to pick up a new pair, it's even easier (and cheaper!) to add some flair to an old pair and give it a whole new look that feels modern, fun and unique.

DIY Embellised Espadrilles

I had this old pair of plain white espadrilles and decided to embellish them with some super easy-to-make suede stars and studs that I glued onto them. The result? A pair of like-new espadrilles that I've been wearing non-stop and that you can recreate following these easy and simple steps!


Instead of buying a big piece of suede, look for suede elbow patches; they are big enough and won't cost you more than $6.

Draw the stars on the back side of your suede piece and cut out each one.


If you're not good at free-hand drawing, you can use a cookie cutter or trace one from a book or the Internet and use it as a template. You can also use your first star as the template for the rest.

Use the glue gun to apply glue on one side of each star.


Make sure you cover the whole surface, otherwise the corners will stick up.

Firmly press the star onto the shoe for a few seconds until well secured.

Using the scissors or a pair of pliers, fold back the prongs of each stud.

Glue each stud along the edge of your star using one single drop of glue.


Make sure you do it quickly as the glue tends to dry pretty fast.

Repeat the same process for the rest of the stars on the other shoe.

Once you're done, you will end up with a pair of espadrilles that not only feel like new, but that are also summer friendly and chic!

About the Author

Gaby Burger is the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind The Vault Files, a site dedicated to inspire and provide tips and ideas in the areas of fashion, food, DIY projects, and decor. Throughout her blogging career, Burger has partnered with many brands including J.Crew, Anthropologie, Sephora, Sorel & Urban Outfitters.