Recycling & Revamping Caged Shoe DIY

silver diy mesh sandals  - burberry bag

If you pay attention to fashion, I’m sure you’ve noticed the onslaught of simple ankle strap sandals trending lately. It was bound to happen after these last 5 years or so of wild statement shoes. But also, Spring is here and toes everywhere are gravitating toward these easy-to-wear sandals in heels and flats.

A few months ago I found these ridiculously inexpensive ankle strap sandals by Michael Antonio and bought each color they came in. Yes they may have more of a slutty vibe than I’d like but seriously, they are $20, and I couldn’t resist. Even if only to create a fun DIY from, they are completely worth it.

Which is actually what happened, and rather easily too.

Remember this YSL caged sandal DIY from 2009 {photo below}? And coincidentally, I wore them with jeans and a white t-shirt! See the 2009 outfit post here.

silver sandals diy shoes
DIY leather mesh cuff shoe

I removed the leather pieces from my old silver heels and simply ran the ankle strap through the mesh to create a larger and more unique strap. This is a great example of why I love creating DIYs that are not permanent and easily removable, to use and reuse in new ways. I can also wear them around my wrists with a simple ribbon closure. {though, they could probably use a new coat of paint… and maybe even a silver nail polish would work better!}

Meet my new favorite shoes…

silver strappy sandals heels diy

silver strappy sandals DIY

* Wearing them in today’s 30/30 Jeans & White T outfit… stay tuned.


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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.


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  • The Brown Twins

    April 17, 2012 |

    great 🙂

  • Neisa

    April 17, 2012 |

    Love the shoes! You’ve inspired me again…thank you.

  • Kayla

    April 17, 2012 |

    What a great idea! I love those shoes!!

  • Marina

    April 17, 2012 |

    Amazing! Great idea to upgrade this shoes! Love it!


  • enhanced diamonds

    April 17, 2012 |

    I love those shoes… amazing!

  • garbz

    April 17, 2012 |

    Amazing DIY!
    That’s very original.

  • el_martina

    April 17, 2012 |

    this is cool idea!

  • drollgirl

    April 17, 2012 |

    sexy sexy SEXY! a lot sexier than the black sandals i am wearing. lol

    p.s. i am trying to find a link to your maxi dress post from a couple of years ago — where you featured that awesome dress that looked like it was made from a thin mexican blanket? member that one? i still want one like it! BADLY!

  • Melissa Blake

    April 17, 2012 |

    So gorgeous! 🙂

  • C.A.R.

    April 17, 2012 |

    Thats really quite clever! 🙂

  • Ewa Prokopczuk

    April 18, 2012 |

    What a great way to transform slutty-ish shoes into really great fashionable ones.


    🙂 Ewa

  • Kat

    April 18, 2012 |

    You are so clever! I can totally see this trend coming back… especially since you DIY’d the look!

  • Michelle

    April 18, 2012 |

    such a great DIY!

  • Alyson

    April 18, 2012 |

    Adore how you do this! I don’t post often however am so wow’ed all the time by your DIYs and your style. Love this white tee/denim month… gives women such great ideas how to style using even the most basic, classic pieces.

  • Me

    April 18, 2012 |

    You’re brilliant!

  • Rhianna

    April 18, 2012 |

    This is so creative! I will definitely have to try this.

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