Step-By-Step DIY Boho Heels

Saw shoes on the Internet

Turns out they're multi-thousand dollar Dolce and Gabbana shoes.


1) Shoes with plain cork heels or wedge

2) Charcoal pencil or regular pencil with a dependable eraser

3) Art markers or sharpies. I used various shades of brown to get a "multiple types of wood" effect, although any colors you want would probably work

4) Willingness to have Zella Day write your shoes into a song to make it seem deep

5) Enough photo filters to disguise all your artistic fuck-ups in a blissful summer haze


I had these heels laying around from a theater production; I got them at DSW for about $9.

I already had the art supplies from when my high school gave them away; the markers are like $4 each at Blick. They're spirit-based, which means the designs will be waterproof unless alcohol is spilled on them, which you probably will do when drinking whiskey out of a mason jar as the fireflies dance overhead while your boyfriend with white dreadlocks plays a terrible rendition of "Rihannon" for the SEVENTH F*CKING TIME.

Step 1

Make a sketch of the side of your shoe that is the same size of said shoe so you can draw your design.

Step 2

Using the charcoal, copy the design you made on the paper onto the body of the shoe!

Step 3

Trace the charcoal outline with a spirit marker of medium value (not too light, not too dark).

Step 4

Fill in the design with various colors as you see fit!

TIP: Spirit markers can blend together if you rub one color over another, so you can go wild with the blending!

TIP: I used shadows in a pathetic attempt to make it look embossed

Step 5

You're done!

Just kidding, life is about the journey, not the destination.

It was a test and you failed.

Finished Product

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