Shoes with Chains, Anklet Heels, Chainklets. . . A pseudo DIY

I wore my vintage brass chain necklaces wrapped around my ankles last week with my Calvin Klein snakeskin “Sarika” pumps …and since I flipped through a magazine and spotted the below image yesterday afternoon, I decided to really drive the point home. Why spend money on the actual shoe when you can add chains to any shoe and get the same affect? I just so happened to have the chains which I found randomly throughout the years at thrift shops but any chunky chain will do. Just make sure they’re not too heavy or too tight or you’ll be uncomfortable all day.

anklet heel -heels with chains -chainklet DIY

anklet heel DIY+leopard print fur+chains

See how I wore them here

Need some chunky chains?
…here are some budget friendly options that may work …remember, you’ll need one for each ankle {also think about the clasp, you want it small but able to clamp onto almost any part of the chain for a great fit} …and remember, you’ll be able to wear them as necklaces too! Double duty jewelry!
chunky chain necklaces

1. Torrid: Mixed-Metal Chunky Chain Layered Necklace $8.98 each
2. Forever 21: Box Chain Necklace $7.80 each
3. Forever 21: All Chained In Necklace $6.80 each
4. Asos: Long Statement Heavy Link Chain Necklace $11.97 each
5. Forever 21: Leatherette Necklace w/ Removable Pin $9.80 each
6. Hallmarked 14K Gold Filled Figaro Chain Necklace $14.99 each
7. Asos: Statement Twist Chain and Diamante Mix $24.79 each
8. Diamond-Cut 3mm Wide Sterling Silver 24″ Figaro Chain Necklace $18.99 each
9. Forever 21: Melodramatic Chain Necklace $6.80 each
10. Asos: Long Threaded Chunky Curb Chain $17.24 each

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Really, what could be easier? Have fun!


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.


  • ceo

    April 7, 2010 |

    Great Idea…. they look awesome….


  • Lindsey Conrad - Nabors

    April 7, 2010 |

    FAB idea!! As always!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Happy Tuesday!

  • Dip-tea

    April 7, 2010 |

    Love them anklets! 🙂


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  • dreamylacey

    April 7, 2010 |

    thank so much for the idea and trick. I have to found some chains now

  • Deconstruction

    April 7, 2010 |

    That is a great idea! I have some fake pearl necklaces, I think that could make an interesting shoe decoration.

  • Iva

    April 7, 2010 |

    ….I love yours more then the ones in the magazine. I do love the idea though of a ‘diamante’ mix ! 🙂 Hope you had a nice day!!

  • J-Ezzy

    April 7, 2010 |

    I love how you paired yours together, the pumps were already gorgeous, now they’re stunning! Great post 🙂

  • The Style Revolution

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  • Maegan

    April 7, 2010 |

    dreamylacy: yes, pearls would be awesome ….but anything strung {like pearls or beads} could potentially snap and break …which would be great if someone was chasing you and they broke just in time to scatter all over the floor making everyone slip and fall behind you. what a getaway. lol.

  • Cat

    April 7, 2010 |

    What a fantastic idea! I love the DIY…plus you could totally mix the look up with various chains…switching out gold for silver!

  • Kristin

    April 7, 2010 |

    I wonder if that’s a DIY I could actually handle? So hot!

  • Katie

    April 7, 2010 |

    Annnnd now I need to go through all my necklaces lol. Love how this looks!

  • Style Porn

    April 7, 2010 |

    Me likey this idea. I think it might match my meager level of accomplishment when it comes to sewing, cutting, trimming, gluing, or otherwise DIY-ing. And it looks damn sexy too.

  • ☮ midnightintern ☮

    April 7, 2010 |

    I get so excited when you post DIYs! Keep them coming whenever you have time.


  • Angela

    April 7, 2010 |

    Hey, every time you post these shoes I covet. But, what’s the style name? Where can I find them? I’ve been hunting for the perfect pair of closed-toe, closed-heel black (non-suede) shoes forEVer. I bought some Dolce Vita’s this winter… and have only worn them twice. They’re drop dead gorgeous… and horrible to walk in. (I’m a heel girl, so that’s saying something.) Help!!!!! (I am on a budget, which makes things harder.)

  • DiamondsandTulle

    April 7, 2010 |

    Love the look! I may have to work on a DIY project soon! And those shoes are killer!

    xx Vivian @

  • The NeuroChiq

    April 7, 2010 |

    I miss doing DIYs because of you! Great idea! =)

  • Nine Oceans

    April 7, 2010 |

    Meagan you are very creative… =)

  • Lisa Petrarca

    April 7, 2010 |

    Lovin’ It!

    I’m finally back online (missed your blog!)…I was rescued & just posted about the whole experience!

  • Music is the new black

    April 7, 2010 |

    This reminds me of the “ankle chains” my mom used to wear when I was a kid.

  • Amanda

    April 7, 2010 |

    Who woulda thunk??!!

    …wait…you would, Maeg…you would.


  • Me lo pongo todo

    April 7, 2010 |

    Eres genial .Me encantan tus DNY,son muy famosos en España.
    Kisses from Spain,I hope your visit

  • msskeide

    April 7, 2010 |

    So Cool, Love It:)

    Factory Girl

  • RoseBarbie

    April 7, 2010 |

    Hey, I was going to do a post about these shoes and so do you mind if I link back to you post??

    Thanks, lemme know.

  • Jodes

    April 7, 2010 |

    This is SO great – the simplest way to add a little pizzaz to an outfit and for so cheap!
    I always love the chain section of the hardware store and always wondered what I could use them for.
    Fab idea, madame!

  • Katy

    April 7, 2010 |

    Genius. Love it.

  • Jasara

    April 7, 2010 |

    beautifully creative! love it!

  • Maegan

    April 7, 2010 |
  • Anonymous

    April 7, 2010 |

    I will go to Beverly’s Crafts today to see if they have chains in their jewelry dept. Also, I recall seeing small black chain in a roll at Home Depot last year. Might go there, too, to see how light/heavy it is.

  • Alicia

    April 7, 2010 |

    ohhhh so cute!! i’m all over this idea!!

  • Amber

    April 7, 2010 |

    I am going to have to try this!

  • Katie

    April 8, 2010 |

    Ended up blogging about this, giving you complete credit of course. Hope you don’t mind!

  • ediot

    April 8, 2010 |

    great idea- hothothot shOes!

  • Tugba

    April 19, 2010 |

    Thanks for referring me to this post Megan 😀 I will try it and will post pics on my blog. You have such a great blog 🙂 Do more DIY 🙂 I love them

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