Monday, 23 April 2012

DIY: Studded Loafers

This post has been a long time coming, I bought these plain black loafers a couple of months ago and had been planning on studding them since but didn't have time because of uni :( Since finishing for summer, however, I've had more time to do things, and these were one of the first things on my list.

I'm sure you have all seen or own a pair of the Topshop Vectras; I really love them but couldn't justify spending £28 on a pair of flats, so after seeing a few other DIY studded loafer posts, I set out to have a go at them myself.


I bought these loafers for £10.20 with my student discount from Select. I bought two packs of 100  8mm studs in silver and black from this eBay seller for £2.75 each (it seems that the eBay seller has now raised their price slightly to £3.34 :( ) They have four little spikes on them which you can pierce through the loafers and then bend flat on the inside so that they don't scratch your feet.


It was a little tough in some areas to poke the studs through the material of the shoe, so I used a needle or a pair of nail scissors to help me (I found that the nail scissors were much easier to hold than a needle). Use something that you don't mind getting a bit bent out of shape though haha!

I was originally going to stud them exactly like the Topshop Vectras, but with two different coloured studs to add my own twist to them. However, after I finished the heel area of both shoes I quite liked them how they are... What do you think? Should I leave them how they are or stud them all over?




A lot of you will probably think that this is a lot of effort and would rather buy the already-made ones from Topshop, but if you are like me and are on a tight student budget, then the extra effort might not bother you, plus I think it's nice to have a piece of clothing that you have customised yourself :) I saved £12.00 by doing this and I now have a pair of shoes that nobody else owns, so it was all worth it for me!

Do you customise your own clothes? 
Let me know if you try this!


67 comments:

  1. Brilliant idea! Looks great. I love customising things! I have a thing for studding shorts! xx

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    1. Thank youu! I really want to buy some square studs and stud a pair of shorts :) x

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  2. This is such a brilliant idea! I feel silly buying Vectras now, ha ha! I think they look great just with the studded heel - a little different from everyone else's. Love your blog by the way! Xx

    http://xxsilverlining.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aww haha I would have bought the Vectras if I could afford them! Thanks lovely :) x

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  3. interesting idea, and seems so simple to make, love it :) I'd stud them a little bit more maybe, on the front

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I may just stud them a little around the toe or something :) x

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  4. great blog, I couldnt find these studs anywhere (i obviously didnt look hard enough! lol) I love customising my own things and putting a little twist on things. Alot of my customers who buy from me buy my items so they can have a play and use there imagination without - like you say - blowing the budget! check my site for your feature finds i think you might like it? http://www.getthrifty.co.uk/page3.htm @getthriftycouk

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    1. Haha, they're from Hong Kong though, I think, so they took a couple of weeks to arrive! Ooh I'll take a look at your website in a bit, I love little thrift stores, might find something I like :) x

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  5. I love it like this :) It looks so good, and I've never seen any like this before so I think it's extra cool :)

    Laura xoxo

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  6. very pretty and clever, I'd have never thought of doing this! x

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  7. I love it like it is at the moment,it looks amazing! Definitely tempted to try this myself now, Ive seen a few bloggers attempt to diy their loafers but I think yours look the best and the most original:)xoxo

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    1. Aww thank you very much lovely! You should try it, it is a bit of effort but I think it's worth it :) x

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  8. These look so good! I think I must try this soon :)

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  9. This is such a good idea! I got some studs a while back but haven't yet used them so I may give something like this a go to get them used up! (: I like them how they are because then they're not exact remakes of the Vectras, but either way they'll look good and certainly different to anything anybody else has (: x

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    1. Ooh I'd love to see what you end up using them :) Yeah I agree, I wanted something a little different :) x

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  10. Love these!
    They look so nice, ive wanted these for ages but I couldn't face spending that on a pair of flats either definatly going to do it myself now :) !
    I personalised my jean shorts last week,I need to a post on them soon :)
    Jess x x
    www.a-beautifulsecret.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! Ooh I'd love to see what you did to your shorts :) x

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  11. I love the idea. And you saved money. I think that your version is a lot nicer. x

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  12. omg that is so cool! like you, i couldnt justify the topshop price either so just didnt buy any! i really want to try the diy cat ears loafers/flats ive seen around! xx

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    1. Ooh you should try the DIY then :) I've never heard of the cat ears ones, will have to do a search :) x

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  13. These look really great! I still need to get round to doing mine! :) xx

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    1. Ooh are you trying this too? Would love to see them :) x

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  14. ooh such a good idea! they look really good xx

    Beth

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  15. So cool! I will think twice before spending my money on over priced shoes like this when i could have a go myself :)
    Thank you, really helpful post xoxo

    http://jpoppy-thats-just-me.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. And it's so satisfying to wear them once you've finished them :) You're welcome, I'm glad you like it! :) x

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  16. So pretty! I love that you've only studded the heel! Love a bit of DIY!x



    http://styleandstarbucks.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Such a good idea- there is nothing worse than owning the same thing that everyone else has. I actually prefer your loafers to the Topshop ones :)

    I'm also in the same boat as you regarding uni...only have 3 weeks lefts, SO much to do but then I'll be done for good! I managed to just do a short post so feel free to check out if you like

    smazsays.blogspot.co.uk

    Sarah

    xxx

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    1. Aww thank you lovely! :) Well thankfully I've finished now, but it has definitely been a stressful past few weeks! Good luck with yours! :) x

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  18. Awwww they look lovely. I'm a fan!!
    Charlotte
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    lilmisschickas.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I love this post :) I'm really tempted to try it out as I cannot justify the money Topshop want for the shoes. I will probably try it out once I'm done with uni - roll on the end of next month ;)

    Charlee
    http://charmedcharlee.blogspot.com
    xx

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    1. Thanks lovely! :) you should try it out! You'll save a bunch of money and it feels really good to wear something you (kind of) made :) x

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  20. Fabulous! So going to have to try this! x

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to see if you try it :) x

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  21. Such a good idea they look great! xx

    kathykins.com

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  22. This is such a good idea, they look amazing! xx

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  23. Great DIY, they look really good!

    joanne from jimmilou.com

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  24. Ive not seen anything like this post with Loafers. I really wish I was creative enough to customise my clothes but Im so bad! I have some shorts I told myself Id customise but still havent ordered the studs! This is a brilliant idea!
    Ive subscribed!

    Liz
    http://www.aspirationsofglam.blogspot.com
    xxx

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    1. Aww thank you sweet, you should definitely give it a go, this was my first attempt at customising my clothes and I can't wait to try some other things :) x

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  25. Such a great idea! :) xo

    thegirlsbeautyreview.blogspot.com

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  26. This is amazing hunni, you should wear your loafers with pride hehe. I wish I could do something like this, I never think to customise anything I own. I love that you've just done the heel, it looks perfect. great job hun x

    www.misssunshinesparkle.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you very much lovely! I haven't had chance to wear them outside yet with this silly rain :( x

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  27. I do customize my own things, but I'm quite scared I'll ruin them, so I only do reversable changes. The loafers look stunning though! I love the idea and I might try it myself soon.
    Thanks for sharing!
    x

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    1. Aww, I know what you mean though, I was terrified about doing these in case they didn't look good! I did actually press the studs in the wrong place a few times, but you can't see the little holes in the black material :) x

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  28. I love customizing clothes. I think it definitely is worth the hassle, not that I think its a hassle as I love creating new things out of old ones. I like the shoes as they are, and its great that you've staved £12 :D

    OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

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    1. This is actually my first time customising clothing but I really want to do some more now! Thanks lovely :) x

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  29. I like your blog, and these shoes look amazing, look just the topshop once! xx

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  30. Ohmy, they look so good! I could not tell the difference between them and the Topshop ones:D Plus saving £12 is definatly a bonus!
    Just come across your blog and it's lovely, got yourself a new follower! xoxo

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  31. My dear, I found your blog by chance, while peeking others and I decided to check it out! I’m glad I did it, because I am really delighted with yours. It's beautiful, well structured, interesting… and it has completely got me hooked. I think we're going to get along just fine! ;) Your shoes are fantastic. What a style winner! I’m your new follower and I’d be very pleased if you like my blog enough to follow it as well! I've also rustled up some DIY clothes.... a beaded friendship bracelet! http://www.coffeetoastandlondon.com/2012/05/wrist-action-diy-beaded-bracelets.html
    I wish you lots of success and will surely come back often kisses Laura www.coffeetoastandlondon xxx

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  32. http://www.selectfashion.co.uk/footwear/s036-3201-10_black.html

    Is this the one you bought?? the link doesn't work:(

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  33. Awesome! Next time I decoreted my own :) Check my DIY ! xxx

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