ONE little MOMMA: Adding Details to Ankle Boots

Adding Details to Ankle Boots

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Have I mentioned enough times that I am in love these Dolce Vita boots? They are the perfect black ankle boot- not too dressy, not too casual and with a pop of brown. I have previously mentioned that I have been looking for a cheaper version of the same look and kept coming up empty. One day while browsing the Target shoe aisles I saw a simple black pair. They were the right shape, but a little plain.
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Once I got them home, I started thinking about how to create the DV look with my Target boots. I realized I could add my own ankle straps with a few simple rivets and some faux leather.
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The supplies I used were 12 sets of size small antique brass rivets and a rivet setter, three faux leather belts, a leather hole punch and some boots.
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I cut up several faux leather belts to the lengths I needed to wrap around the ankles of each boot. I then used the hole punch to punch a hole near the zipper and riveted the first strap in.
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I wanted the straps to cross so I started the first strap near the top and wrapped it around to rivet it farther down.
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Then I wrapped a second strap and riveted each end.
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You can see the difference already between the before and after. I added a third strap a well.
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It was such a surprisingly easy project and made a dramatic difference in these boots. I just love the detail in these boots now and wear them all of the time. Not to mention they are such a low heel that they are great shoes for mommas and really comfortable.
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I’ve been on a shoe makeover kick lately- what have you been making over? Leave a link in the comments- I’d love to see!
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16 comments:

  1. I love this!!!!! What a great idea, and cute and easy way to accessorize a pair of boots! LOVE it, thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. Wow, who'd a thought. I am so glad for blogs like yours. I really honestly would never have thought to make my own. either I go without or spend way too much then regret it later. love the idea!!

    run-style-run.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm so glad that I'm following you! LOVE this idea!

    Katie
    ww.funhomethings.com

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  4. Kilee, I'm in love with this refashion! I'm doing a little feature on my blog in the next few weeks called Sew and Tell. I would LOVE to feature this one along with the other refashions people have submitted. The deadline is tonight, but just for you I'll extend it a day or two if you can get me your photos asap.

    Here's some more info and the submission rules: http://merricksart.blogspot.com/2012/10/sew-and-tell.html

    If you're interested, I'd love to feature you!

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  5. Was googling to try to figure out what to call these: https://www.etsy.com/listing/113102676/80s-black-suede-booties-9-b but I found your blog and am happily sidetracked! So creative :)

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  6. okay this is an awesome idea and as soon as these come back in stock I am buying them! Could I send them to you to put the leather on them? No seriously! I would pay shipping to and from and whatever the materials.

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  7. LOVE these boots!! I was just trying to figure out how to utilize this pair of skinny leopard belts - NOW I just need to find the boots!! FAB idea!

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  8. came to your blog via Merrick's Sew and Tell. Fabulous boots! This project alone would be worth getting myself a rivet-er!

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  10. I have those Target boots...and I just happened to check out those Dolce Vita ones online and loved them...then I found this tutorial...Coincidence? I think not. More like stars aligning. xoDana

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  11. I love what you did with these....so creative and easy to do!!

    http://thriftyandshameless.blogspot.com

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  16. Nice zipper boots. This type of boots are really comfortable. These ankle boots nice for women.
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