DIY Shoes // Gold Snake Serpent T-Strap Sandals

DIY Shoes | Gold Snake Serpent T-Strap Sandals

Inspired a little by these Snake Ankle Strap Sandals and a little more by these Alligator T-strap Sandals both by Giuseppe Zanotti and both over $1500 for the pair, I though why not make my own DIY Snake Sandals and see how they compare?

I originally was going to use the black sandals as in my inspiration {see below}, but my gold sprayed snakes matched my gold sandals so perfectly, I opted for gold on gold. I think these would be just as cute on flats as they are on heels. But if they’re a little too exotic for your everyday wardrobe, they’d also make perfect Cleopatra shoes for Halloween.


Here’s What You’ll Need…

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  • Ankle strap sandals {flats or heels will work}… you can choose to match your snake to your shoe as I have OR use contrasting colors like gold on black. I used a pair of Michael Antonio Gold Sandals I purposely bought for DIYs because they were under $20 at Amazon
  • Rubber Snakes: I used two from this Snake Nature Tube I found at the local toy store. I opted for two with their mouths open because they looked the best.
  • Spray paint color of choice. If you’re looking for a flat color, acrylic paint would work as well.
  • Needle/Thread | Sharpie | Scissors
  • Seed beads or other small beads
  • Hot Glue {mod podge would work {probably better in the long run}, but take longer to dry}
  • Optional: glitter, gems, crystals, etc. to embellish your snakes with {I did not do this, but it would be cute}


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* Spray paint your snakes {front and back} and once dry, glue on your crystals if you like.

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* Try on your sandal and place your snake where you’d like it to sit… Stand up and move a little too. Make sure your placement isn’t too tight that it snaps off.

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* Mark the toe strap and the ankle strap where the neck and tail where your serpent will adhere.

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* Hot glue your snake in place {it may be easier to get the right placement if you glue it while it’s on your foot BUT BE CAREFUL!!}

NOTE: Your snake WILL NOT stay on with glue alone.

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* String your small beads onto a needle/thread or beader, and knot it so that you have a few inches extra on each end.

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* Wrap it over the snake’s neck and around your toe strap…

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* And knot it well beneath. Add another dab of glue beneath to secure it.

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* Do the same over the tail at the ankle strap.

NOTE: You can also choose to create an X over the neck and tail to really secure it if you’re going to be dancing, the more secure the better. You don’t want your shoes falling apart on the dance floor… or on the red carpet 😉 How embarrassing.


And… Voila!

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Have Fun!

* Find all my DIYs 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.


  • Marjorie Gavan

    January 27, 2014 |

    When I first saw the picture, I really thought it was part of the shoes. To learn that you actually did it blew my mind. What a fab idea!

  • Whitney 'Nic' James

    January 27, 2014 |

    SO creative – I LOVE this! The heels look great!


  • mary

    January 27, 2014 |

    I LOVE this DIY. Your shoes looks very expensive. GREAT IDEA!


  • Guest

    January 27, 2014 |

    Sheer brilliance!

  • MA

    January 27, 2014 |

    An elegant and very expensive looking shoe…you are truly an innovator! 🙂


  • Nakia

    January 27, 2014 |

    WOW!!!! I’m in love with these! I think I found my project for the weekend :))

  • Nikki

    January 27, 2014 |

    You are reading my mind!!! Today I was thinking about my Medusa costume for Halloween this year…yes….in January. I love Halloween that much!!

  • lorena

    January 28, 2014 |

    I know you know…. BUT this rocks !

  • Neha

    February 1, 2014 |

    What a great idea Maegan! I’m super-inspired 🙂

  • Jenifer

    February 2, 2014 |

    Wow, these shoes look sensational. Great tutorial 🙂

  • Amanda @ A.Co est. 1984

    February 3, 2014 |

    This is SO COOL Maegan!! Nice job–love the thought behind it!

  • Bekkimonster

    February 4, 2014 |

    omg! I LOVE these this is such a simple yet amazing idea!!

  • Code Overdressed

    February 4, 2014 |

    These are so hot! Perfect DIY!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

  • Maegan Tintari

    February 4, 2014 |

    🙂 xo <3

  • Pebbles

    February 5, 2014 |

    That is totally amazeballs!

  • Giovanna

    February 6, 2014 |

    You are the most creative person! Amazing your ideas!

    Kisses from Brazil! 😉

  • carolina santos

    August 29, 2014 |

    great snake idea! !!

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