DIY Dolce & Gabbana Gold Jewel Embellished Shoes

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* Katie Holmes + In Style Magazine Editorial + August 2011 wearing Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2011 jeweled silk embroidery pumps price upon request.


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* Suede pumps …fabric will do as well. These fabrics will hold glue the best. I was looking for black but all I could find in such short notice was purple …found them at Aldo for $70.
* Lace
* Sequins by the yard in multiple widths
* Loose Sequins, various beads, leaf sequins {I used all gold}
* Rhinestones …I also used a few vintage buttons {and I wish I’d had more honestly}
* Gem-Tac glue and paintbrush
* Needle/Thread/Scissors

You may choose to just glue your materials directly onto your shoe. You know how I feel about glue though 🙂
I was interested in the texture I could build hand-beading the lace first. {took FOREVER}
B. I actually WEAR my DIYs and would D I E if one started falling apart while I was wearing it.


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* Lay lace over the top of your shoe.

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* Cut out a pattern in a Uish V shape with extra room to spare.

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* It should look similar to this. Use one as a pattern and cut the other one from the lace.

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* Lay the lace over the toe of your shoes making sure there is lace overflow on all sides. Using your sequins by the yard {I used a single row but the S row would work very well} begin loosely hand-stitching your sequins following the shape of your shoe. Always begin at the toe and work up.

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* Your first row should look something like this.

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* Add enough to create a base of sequins.

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* Every so often, check that your sequin and beadwork lines up with your shoe.

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* Begin filling in the spaces between the sequins with your vintage buttons, beads, and loose sequins.

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* Carefully glue rhinestones in place hiding their edges with your gold beads and sequins. They are rather cheap-looking so hiding the edges is key.

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* It should look something like this.

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* Grab your paintbrush and give yourself a good amount of glue to work with.

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* Cover the toe and a bit up the sides with glue.

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* Carefully apply your sequin/beadwork lace, stretching where needed to meet the edges.

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* Apply glue to one side and adhere your beadwork to your shoe. Do this one side at a time!!

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* Again, stretch your lace to fit your area as best you can. It should look like this.

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* Once your glue dries {or go back and forth from shoe to shoe to save time} you’ll have to hand-stitch loose beads and sequins to fill in the spaces {also, I’m a perfectionist}. You can glue in more rhinestones at this point to fill in areas as well.

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* I kind of cheated on the heel a bit …using stretch sequins glued directly on the heel {follow glue steps above} but it’s threaded backing is beneficial.

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* And glue in sequins to fill the spaces left.

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* Once your glue is dry, hand-stich your sequins to the lace and beadwork to secure it {you don’t want your shoes to fall apart while you’re wearing them do you?}

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* Also secure your stretch sequins by stitching them closed on the inner heel.

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* I also went through and added texture by stitching beads and gems into the heel. It has to look the same as the rest of the shoe. You can do this while you’re doing the step above, combine the two.

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* Trim your lace.

stained by sharpie

* If your shoes are black you can skip this step. I used a STAINED by Sharpie to easily darken any purple that was peeking out the top.


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Dolce & Gabbana   -  Embellished shoes diy + gold sequins and gem dolce and gabbana shoes diy pumps - DIY love maegan

Dolce & Gabbana -   Embellished shoes diy + gold sequins and gem dolce and gabbana shoes diy pumps - DIY love maegan

Have Fun!

Find all my DIYs here!

* See how I wore them here and here.


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Carrie

    July 28, 2011 |

    WOW WOW WOW…..great DIY
    i love your shoes!

  • Pufnica

    July 28, 2011 |

    You are a Goddess of DIY ! 🙂 Awesome !

  • Francesca

    July 28, 2011 |


  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    July 28, 2011 |

    OMG! This is the best DIY in the history of all DIYs (next to your feather skirt)! These are gorgeous and I can’t wait to see you wearing them 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

  • Jaclyn T

    July 28, 2011 |

    FABULOUS! Thanks for the DIY! I’ll have to keep my eyes opened for heels to recon when I am thriftin’.

  • Kadi

    July 28, 2011 |

    Wow! So shiny and pretty!!! 🙂

  • Kate K

    July 28, 2011 |

    Wow, those are amazing! They’re like works of art! I can absolutely see how much work you put it into them but they are absolutely worth it. GORGEOUS!

  • Alhrayth

    July 28, 2011 |

    wow, it DOES look a little time consuming… but totally worth it!!! Looking great, I might have to give it a try if I’m brave enough! (to get working on them, not to wear – I’d wear these FOR SURE!!! LOL!)

  • Mandy

    July 28, 2011 |

    Holy freaking bananas! This is your best DIY yet! These are absolutely gorgeous and JUST as good as the real thing. I am in love with them!

  • CopyCat - Smashinbeauty

    July 28, 2011 |

    OM lordy!!!! AMAZING!!!! more shoe tutorials please 😀 WOW

  • vnikali

    July 28, 2011 |

    super love!!!! thanks so much
    lots of love

  • Katie

    July 28, 2011 |

    WOW WOW WOW!!! These came out amazing!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • L

    July 28, 2011 |

    what… these are INCREDIBLE.

  • Anonymous

    July 28, 2011 |

    OMFG! These are…AMAZING!!! Can’t wait to try that project! 🙂

  • Yaya

    July 28, 2011 |

    OMG – that’s an amazing DIY!

    funny thing, I’ve been wanting to do a more or less similar DIY for the longest time now since I saw the MiuMiu glitter heels from last season, but I just haven’t been able to take the plunge, buy a perfectly good par of heels…only to hope not to mess it up!

    Yaya from Atelier 630

  • ar deco engagement rings

    July 28, 2011 |

    The shoes are fantastic!

  • Kristen

    July 28, 2011 |

    I love these shoes! Doesn’t look DIY at all!

  • Lexy of BeautyFash

    July 28, 2011 |

    The best DIY in the history of DIY!!! Absolutely AMAZING. I am speechless right now. LOL

  • CessOviedo

    July 28, 2011 |

    Wow they look awesome! When you tweeted about this new diy project you were working on, had no idea of what was it, they are amazing!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Wang's Factory

    July 28, 2011 |

    Wow!!! that is totally awesome!!

  • Lia

    July 28, 2011 |

    Girl….these are a-freaking-mazing!!! I really like how you didn’t simply glue everything on, as some people would 🙂 I can’t WAIT to see what you wear these with…. I am in such love with these!

  • Gia

    July 28, 2011 |

    One of my favorite all-time posts. These shoes are just gorgeous. You’re making high fashion and chic style accessible for all women. Thank you for that.

    Enjoy your Thursday.

  • felicity Brown

    July 28, 2011 |

    truly the best diy i have EVER seen. how amazing <3

  • ZombieLace

    July 28, 2011 |

    wow you are AMAZING! The shoes look incredible. You are my craft goddess from this moment on.

  • S. (Scraps) Achilles Darth Tuna Vader

    July 28, 2011 |

    It’s me..the cat…
    and these shoes are the DOPEST!!

  • Vixi

    July 28, 2011 |

    OH MY GOD! your are fscking amazing!!!
    Pair with a simple LBD for a fabulous night out!
    oh my god I HAVE TO do this!!!
    Thank you!!! 🙂

  • Nelly

    July 28, 2011 |

    Amazing!!!!! I love your blog and specially your DIY, but this is… amazing!!!

    Have a Kiss from Spain!!

  • Solcito

    July 28, 2011 |

    what a surprise! i had no idea this was your challenge!!!

    the result is amazing… you must be proud 🙂

  • TheBeautyFile

    July 28, 2011 |

    Holy shit! You are like UBER talented. Wow.

  • Anonymous

    July 28, 2011 |

    Just watching this DIY made me tired! (LOL) But, your shoes are worth it!! If I were a celebrity, I would pay you thousands and thousands to make shoes for me!

  • Schnelle Couture

    July 28, 2011 |

    OMG! They are perfection! You did a great job- what a labor of love!

  • Gwen

    July 28, 2011 |

    WOW!!! This is awesome!!! I love how they turned out!!! Can’t wait to see them in an outfit post. 🙂

  • Mysteryflavor

    July 28, 2011 |

    I am overwhelmed by how awesome those are 🙂

  • anhesty

    July 28, 2011 |

    how fun! i actually had intentions on doing something very similar. i bought a bunch of bling to add to a pair of old pumps. but i love how you put the lace at the bottom. fabulous idea! you always have the greatest DIYs!

  • Bere

    July 28, 2011 |

    I love it, can’t wait to see them in an outfit post. You’re really great.

  • RocquelleIsLovely

    July 28, 2011 |

    WHOA, these are ridiculously amazing!! I would love to try this, but I don’t know that I have the patience in me, so I may just live through you.

  • L

    July 28, 2011 |

    AHHH! I love them so much! So much glitter and sparkle!

  • Jenny Jackson Kersting

    July 28, 2011 |

    Love these. I just reposted a picture on my blog with a link back to your tutuorial. I am new to blogging, so let me know if you prefer I take it down or add anything. In any case, thank you so much for posting this fabulousness. You make it look so easy. Lets hope it is because I’m picturing them on my little sister for her upcoming 30th bday!

  • Tina

    July 28, 2011 |

    WOW! what an amazing diy! they turned out looking fabulous but i just KNOW if i attempted this it would be horrible lol so major props to you!

  • Raquel

    July 28, 2011 |

    they are so you!
    When are u going to do the DIY suggestion I sent u aaaaages ago?

  • Ashlee

    July 28, 2011 |

    I LOVE IT! And above everything else I love that you make your DIYs realistic and wearable! Many of the fashion forward DIYs that I find, I wouldnt waste my time on because I could never really wear them without feeling like a clown. They always look homemade or they arent practical and no one could really wear them out in public. I really appreciate the fact that your DIYs are high fashion, AND wearable! I had been searching for DIYs like yours and I must say you never cease to amaze (and please) me! You really need to do a DIY book! Cha-ching!

  • Evil Mr. Peppers

    July 28, 2011 |

    Awesome job baby!

  • Cait

    July 28, 2011 |

    You are crazy lady! But in a very good way. D & G can eat their hearts out! They turned out really beautiful, something you should be so proud of.

  • Katie

    July 28, 2011 |

    I would have never had the patience to finish these but they look awesome!

  • fifi

    July 28, 2011 |

    wow!! thoae are gorgeous!! i wish i could have the patience and skill to do that myself!!

  • Emily

    July 28, 2011 |

    i love your diy WAYYYYYY better than the D&G ones!! amazing job! 😀

  • Jai

    July 28, 2011 |


    that is all

  • {andthisiswhatshesaid}

    July 28, 2011 |

    Love them!!

  • TnA

    July 28, 2011 |

    You are quite an amazing lady, you know that? I’ve been following your blog for a short time, and I’m thoroughly impressed by these shoes. WOW.

  • Camille Faria

    July 28, 2011 |
  • Sheryl J

    July 28, 2011 |

    OMFGosh! LOVE THESE! You should totally start your own etsy shop and sell these because I will pay for them right now!

  • Eva

    July 28, 2011 |

    Oh boy! Those pumps are simply amazing. Great DIY. Can’t wait to see you wearing them!

  • Kayla

    July 28, 2011 |

    These shoes are amazing! I can’t imagine there are any pair out there that would be better for a party. Oh they are just so fancy!

  • bananas.

    July 28, 2011 |

    wow maegan….WOW.

    those are incredible!!! they look like couture heels that should cost a thousand bucks or something. i’m astonished at how amazing they turned out. there’s no way i could compete with that. this DIY shall remain your DIY…unless you sell these shoes online.

    amazing…seriously! love ’em!!!

  • Mad For Fashion

    July 28, 2011 |

    I wish I had this talent. Maegan I will pay you if you can make one in a size 8 1/2 hahahahahahahaha. I love them and your version looks better if you ask me 🙂

  • Tamra {walkswithBella}

    July 28, 2011 |

    WOW, I bow down to your DIY skills. Very impressive, looks like about a level 8 in difficulty, but i still want to try.

  • Jenny

    July 28, 2011 |

    I just passed out. Large quantities of sequins make me hyperventilate with joy. I’ll send you my hospital bill.

    Seriously though, these. Are. Amazeballs.

  • Priscilla

    July 28, 2011 |

    This is the most fabulous DIY ever! I wish I had the patience to make them!

  • Anonymous

    July 28, 2011 |

    I dropped many f-bombs while reading through this tutorial. The first one was when I saw the original shoes, then when I saw that you actually took the time to explain how to make it correctly instead of just gluing crap haphazardly to the shoe, then again when I saw the heel trick, then again when I saw the finished product, then again when you said you were making a matching clutch. Holy eff, woman! You are the DIY goddess!

  • K.Line

    July 29, 2011 |

    Holy cow! This is unbelievable.

  • jemappelleshen

    July 29, 2011 |

    WOW! These are insane! Love it@ You are def dedicated to your vision and so resourceful!

  • Chilel

    July 29, 2011 |

    I am so lazy and impatient I do not see myself indulging in this DIY! But you are deeply talented. These shoes look like a million bucks….

  • Kate at Dream To Life

    July 29, 2011 |

    Um these look AMAZING. Well done :>)

  • Mary Ann

    July 29, 2011 |

    Wow Maegan….this may be one of your best DIY’s yet!


    July 29, 2011 |

    wow! u are so good at DIY! 🙂 u should hold seminars/classes on how to: DIY make a lot of mula.

  • Brooke

    July 29, 2011 |

    I want to say I like your shoes better than D&G? Seriously. YOUR AMAZING! Love love!

  • anon

    July 29, 2011 |

    awesome mardi gras shoes!

  • camille

    July 29, 2011 |

    i’m totally doing this DIY for my birthday shoes .. and i have 6 months to do it, yesssss. thanks a million for the DIYinspiration 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • myAestheticStyle

    July 29, 2011 |

    Oh my gosh!! AMAZING…I can not WAIT to try this!! yours look fabulous!!
    I hope mine turn out as good as yours did


  • donikabajrami

    July 29, 2011 |

    OMG You are amazing 🙂

  • The.Red.See

    July 29, 2011 |

    This is amazing! Your shoes turned out great!

  • The Fashion Cloud

    July 29, 2011 |

    CONGRATS, they look absolutely amazing you did a fantastic job and made it look so easy too



  • Holly

    July 29, 2011 |

    FREAKING AMAZING. bravo. this is just stunning!

  • Jenn

    July 29, 2011 |

    consider my mind blown! ohmygosh!

    These are amazing!!!! I hope this lands you in a magazine b/c these are STELLAR! down to the very detail =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • Emily

    July 30, 2011 |

    Wow!! Those are pretty awesome!!

  • Helena

    July 30, 2011 |

    Man, you’re effin good! And these are amazing!

  • Bows and Sequins

    July 30, 2011 |

    OMG Maegan, these looks AMAZING! Nice job!!

  • Candace {journalfemme}

    July 30, 2011 |

    What a fantastic DIY! I can’t wait to try this one.

  • SheDan

    July 30, 2011 |

    WOW! You did such a great job! Looking forward to seeing you wear them.

  • Catita

    July 31, 2011 |

    wow that looks indeed like the longest DIY but the result is indeed FUNtastic 🙂

  • KimChicSisters

    July 31, 2011 |
  • Jennah Watters

    August 1, 2011 |

    Amazing! If you could order some glass rhinestones (not that expensive – I used to always have them on hand for dance!), you could class it up even more than the cheapy plastic ones. But $90 or so vs “price upon request”?! Um, you win.

  • LaFemmeNIKIta

    August 1, 2011 |

    these are AMAZING!!! I will be trying this out!

  • Katherine

    August 1, 2011 |

    No words for how fabulous these are. I’m actually a shade of green!

  • David Diaz

    August 1, 2011 |

    NO WAY! The shoes came out to be incredible! This is a definitely a ‘DIY’ that I’m willing to do….. AMAZING Post! 😀

    Have a Good Day!


  • Katie

    August 1, 2011 |

    WOW! My hat goes off to you my dear: these are incredible! Fabulous job…

  • Borjana

    August 1, 2011 |


  • Demü

    August 2, 2011 |

    wowwww I SO wanna try this after work. I feel like theres no way my version would be as nice though!!! great work!!

  • Cherisse

    August 3, 2011 |

    Wow! Beautiful DIY project! I must try this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Bri

    August 4, 2011 |

    Maybe the longest DIY but it also looks like the funnest DIY ever! I must make me a pair of these!

  • Grace

    August 4, 2011 |


    xx Grace

  • Follow Your Own Way

    August 4, 2011 |

    you have serious talent. these shoes turned out so perfect.

  • Kb_Mal

    August 5, 2011 |


    You’re going to be in the pages of another major fashion mag any minute with this DIY. Divine!

    Katy (Savvy in the City)

  • Marusya V

    August 5, 2011 |

    Amazing DIY! I feel inspired to try it too. Thanks for sharing:)

  • Lola

    August 6, 2011 |

    i think i love yours more than DG!!! amazingg

  • your native heart

    August 8, 2011 |

    these shoes aren’t my thing at all but my gosh you have some talent. they look great and so very tidy!

  • Desdetenerifeconamor

    August 8, 2011 |

    Maegan, your blog is fantastic! and those shoes you have been fabulous, I love you ….. and you still copy the link! I have also been chosen by Carly diy week with my Prada skirt of bananas. I leave the link to have a look … you’re amazing, super creative!

  • Luísa Lión

    August 9, 2011 |

    OMG this is BEYOND amazing.. wow!! I am speechless you could sell these for a couple of hundred dollars damn girl 🙂 Nice work!! I would have even loved them just with the lace and gold but like this they are perfect too! Wow I dont wanna know how long it took you but you should really consider a design career I guess 🙂 just found your blog but I guess you have a new follower! What are you doing in real life? Do you design there too?



  • Nancy (Kibbles 'N Knits)

    August 11, 2011 |

    Oh my goodness. These are amazing! You must have so much patience.

  • The Craft-Arty Kid

    August 13, 2011 |

    These are fab! Well done for putting in so my work to them; totally worth it.

  • Anna Aa.

    August 14, 2011 |

    Great Tutorial! Love, love, love the shoes, but being more of a sewing-person, I think I’m gonna try making the jumpsuit instead. I’m think plum jersey? 🙂

  • aysun

    August 20, 2011 |


  • Le blog de Lidonia

    August 29, 2011 |

    J’aime beaucoup c’est beau

  • Melissa

    October 14, 2011 |

    These are the most amazing shoes ever. And you are now a god — DIY god? — to me. I’m linking to this on my blog. Rock on, girl.

  • 3bagsfull

    October 21, 2011 |

    Wow!!! they are amazing!! They were worth all the work

  • Imogen

    November 28, 2011 |

    OMG WOW! Words cannot explain how much I love these. You are so talented. I want a pair so much!!!

  • Carla

    December 24, 2011 |

    These are amazing, I don’t know how you do it! Move over Martha…

  • Love

    December 30, 2011 |

    Fantastic!! That`s really amazing…

    I want that shoes.


  • Fashion

    January 22, 2012 |

    AWESOME! the result is amazing, well done 🙂

  • Jo, Owner,

    February 5, 2012 |

    Love love love this! Thanks so much for the DIY steps. Am off to grab my scissors and glue right now!

  • designgirl

    March 9, 2012 |

    Ok, you’ve done it now! I’m making these cuties! I’ve got my stuff all lined up and I’m ready to start (my shoes are flats). Wish me luck and thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • Seun

    March 28, 2012 |




    SEUN M

  • Yulia from make it and wear it

    May 11, 2012 |

    Hi, thank you for sharing. Such a great tutorial! I posted your tutorial on my blog with a link back to your blog, hope it’s ok
    Please write me if there is a problem

  • עליונית תחרה

    July 12, 2012 |

    shinny shinny shoes! I love your creativity! such huge upgrade and yet very simple!


    July 31, 2012 |

    Love, love, LOVE these shoes!!!! I have two little girls that would adore these shoes too!!

  • Anjana Sukumar

    September 25, 2012 |

    Dear Maegen,

    Where did you get your supplies, and how much did they cost you in total? (without the price of the shoes).

    I tried Michaels (not everything listed is on there, and the prices seem outrageous)
    I am currently checking Amazon and Etsy, which seem to have some of the things with extra shipping charges which is making my total almost $40-50. The Rhinestones on etsy are costing $13.00 for 12 stones.

    And the ones on amazon come in bulk -like 1000 gold beads, 500 sequins, not the tiny packets that you have here…
    These 3 are the only places I have checked so thought I would check with you before I started on my DIY.


    November 15, 2012 |
  • Lucie Srbová

    June 8, 2013 |

    This is incredibly beautiful!!!

    Style Without Limits

  • LulabiButik

    August 11, 2013 |

    Waoww best diy project ever !

  • Katya

    November 2, 2014 |

    These shoes look spectacular! Thanks for sharing! Very helpful tutorial!


    April 13, 2015 |

    OMG!!!! wow wow wow!! this is exactly was I was looking for. I’m going to make these for my wedding day! 😀

    I wonder if they will survive a Latino party though. We are getting married in south America!

  • Kate

    August 28, 2018 |

    So beautiful shoes DIY project.

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