So….as I have been spending more and more time in the stores shopping for clients as a personal stylist, I can’t help but notice that leather accents are everywhere for fall — they’re on shirts, shoes, shorts. You name it….it’s there. So, I thought it’d be fun to incorporate it into my heels after seeing this tribal chic pair made by Sergio Rossi (seen here and retailing at over $1200 — WOW!). They’re fun, they’re flowy, and they will definitely be noticed! What more can a girl ask for?
Pair of heels with gladiator straps (you can always start with one and make more), needle and thread, binder clip, pen, rotary cutter, scissors, leather (or faux leather), and a ruler. Editor’s note: Brandhyze bought her leather at Mood NYC but Mood Fabrics has lots of faux leather online.
1. Cut out 4 pieces of leather (My bottom two measured 10 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in, and the top two were 10 in x 2 3/4 in — but you can totally make all four the same length if you’d like).
2. Fold your leather in half with the wrong side facing out, and then use your rotary cutter to create the fringes. Feel free to use your pen to measure each fringe if you want; I just eyeballed about 1/8 in all the way across. Do this to all four pieces of leather. (Note: Be sure to leave yourself some room and NOT cut the fringes all the way up to the top).
3. I placed the longer fringe piece over the lower ankle strap, and then placed the shorter one on top.
4. Using your needle and thread; make short stitches in the left, right, and then middle of the fringe to hold the casing in place.
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.