YSL Caged Metallic Sandals DIY


{Above image from Jane @ Sea of Shoes below is my DIY}


Inspired by the YSL Cage Sandal in silver metallic leather {which are now on sale for $799}, and seen on Sea of Shoes, I decided to just make my own. Now, this would probably have been easier had I just used 1/8″ ribbon and glue to make the grid but I didn’t want it to look costume-y. And in the meantime, I also made a caged cuff and choker and I’m honestly thinking about making a belt but that would take forever.

What you’ll need . . .

Leather {I used an old leather skirt I don’t like}, ruler, razor, 3/8″ black ribbon for ankle {YSL’s are velvet, I used satin}, 1/8″ ribbon to tie on front {matching color – I spray painted mine but it kind of rubbed off}, silver heels & silver spray paint {if you have black heels, you can skip the spray paint}.


. . . caged lace up cuff


…lace a ribbon through the edges and create a cuff and with two: a choker

. . .finishing the shoes

*skip if doing black on black




*or double ribbon and tie on the side like this


See How I Wore Them HERE


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com 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.


  • Alison

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    you blow my mind girl! AMAZING!

  • Morgan

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Seriously amazing!

  • anhesty

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    always a treat for my eyes! you sure did it AGAIN! lovess it!

    p.s i started on my diy petal shoes. will post once i am done with it. got one shoe done, just have to get to the other shoe!


  • Tara

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    What a great idea! These are fabulous!

  • Jules

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    You’ve got such great ideas! Love it ♥

  • daer0n

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    So neat!

  • Fashion&Such

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    wow i actually love this.
    Very creative. I would probably cage the heels too, though it probably wouldn’t looks very good… ;P

  • Mrs. Realife

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Umm…. has anyone told you lately that you ROCK?!

    Just wondering ;0)

  • daer0n

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Oh, this reminds me i never posted my shoe diy’s -sigh- never have enough time with kids buggin’ all the time.


    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    unbelivable!!!! this is stunning! great job! you’re a genius!

  • bananas.

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    okay really?! how do you come up with these AWESOME ideas. maegan, you’re my hero.

  • {eleise}

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    wow wow wow!!! you are too talented!!!

  • Glamour Bbey

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Its amazing!

  • diane

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    What a totally off the wall and inventive idea!
    Nice nail color, btw.

  • Milly

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    you are effin amazing! 🙂 …another great DIY

  • Justine-R

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Great idea
    u’re fantastic



  • Cathy Voyage

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Unbelievable cool! You are amazing!

  • Fashionista

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    gorgeous diy project…its turned out amazing…

  • Amber

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Brilliant. You amaze me! How did you attach the cage part to the toe of the shoe? I’m going back to read it again b/c I might have missed it.

  • J-Diggety

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Girl, you seriously blow my mind with your crafty DIY biz… and I like your version MUCH better than the YSLs.

    “she’s crafty, she gets around, she’s crafty, she’s always down…” 🙂

  • Brown Girl

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    You are so innovative it’s amazing, those are great!

  • Lily G.

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    You are absolutely amazing and talented! I’m so jealous.


  • Nessa

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Fabulous!!.. seriously i think we would be best friends just based on our common creativity and passion for fashion! 😉

  • Amanda Robyn

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    holy cow, i love those! i always liked the YSL caged shoes but thought they were a bit much for me, personally. your version, however, is right up my alley!

  • adin_22

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    whoa…You’re Brilliant…it look much better that the YSL…

  • courtney

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    You never seize to amaze me!!! When I saw the actual photo I thought. “how on earth is she going to make THIS!?” and look what you did!! Thats amazing!

  • Suzanne

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    great! you’re so creative.

  • Ceci*

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Woooooooow!!!!!!!! U rocks!!

  • Sheri

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Very cute and great idea! 🙂

  • Piper Jacquelyn

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Well, that seals the deal. YOU are the most talented do-it-yourselfer ever! Gorgeous!

  • Tricia

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Your DIY’s continue to astound me! Pure genius.

  • The Style Rules

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Maegan you are out of control! Your brain is waaaay too creative and I love it.. what will you think of next?

    PS. you should enter my chickdowntown giveaway, it’s totally your style! 🙂

  • smartscruffyfashion

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Love the ribbon on the side, very sexy x

    Great DIY!


  • Carlotta

    July 15, 2009 | Reply


  • Savvy Mode SG

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    very snazzy! you are so creative!!!

  • bakingwithplath

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    I don’t comment very often but I NEVER miss one of your posts and your DIY never cease to amaze me. You’re seriously so creative and talented!

  • Jaime

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Wow- this is amazing. I am so impressed! They look like the real deal.

  • ticklishfromadistance

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    What the hell??? You are truly something, girl! Love them!!!

  • drollgirl

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    you caged animal you! you and all of yer sexiness and talent! GSUS!!!!!

  • meow meow

    July 15, 2009 | Reply


  • Summer

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    my mind could never go to those places to think that up!

  • Gina

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Those are amazing! You are so crafty!

  • God's Favorite Shoes!

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    You are ridiculously talented!

  • OceanDreams

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, you are seriously talented lady! I wish I had that much skill! Marvelous shoes!

  • carlyjcais

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Awesome! Now if you could only figure out how to make the basket-heel…you could definitely layer that silver-painted leather over a chunky-heeled shoe (where the chunk heel was clear/see thru)…but making it into a real cage might be a toughie.
    Creative thoughts from my muse?:-)
    Thanks for the DIY – definitely check out the DIY’s on my blog below!


  • Elizabeth Marie

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Umm hi. Why are you not selling this stuff?

    Wowwwww…I can’t even begin to think of attempting this, so I’ll just admire from over here. AMAZING!

  • Amanda K

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Oh wow… that is totally creative!

  • BellaCene

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with Elizabeth!

  • bianca

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    Goodness you are amazing!!! Seriously, you never cease to amaze me. You should totally sell your stuff or offer your fabulous styling services. I would totally go to you for advice!!!

  • Hanako66

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    I seriously don’t even know what to say….you are amazing. SERIOUSLY AMAZING!

  • tupieta

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    You need a freakin show. i swear

  • Maegan

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    nice polish

  • ~Mrs. Guru~

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, you are amazing! You should designs clothes and shoes for a living!

  • Megan

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    You are SO awesome!

  • Bucca

    July 16, 2009 | Reply


  • Sher

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    How do you even come up with this? It looks truly amazing!!

  • Fabulous Finds Gal

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    No freakin’ way!!! I have coveted those shoes and didn’t have the cash to waste. Dang… I’m all over this. You are a genius, my dear.

  • ~ Kelly Ann ♥

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Please tell me you will sells those’s caged lace up cuff on your website- I would buy one- Girl you are amazing! Let me know if you do sell them I will post on my blog!


  • Kristin

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Nani

    July 16, 2009 | Reply


  • Erica

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    your creativity never ceases to inspire me! those shoes are to die for!! xx

  • Underfunded Heiress

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    You are soooo talented!! Love them!

  • Adele

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    OMG. you are like insanely creative! I wish I had such brilliant ideas (: Keep them coming! xx

  • Iva

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    OMG! beyond amazing. every DIY of yours just makes my jaw drop each time. You are amazing.

  • brooke

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    um.really? REALLY?!? how do you have more originality and amazingness in on project than i could create in my entire being…this is fabulous!

  • Holly

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    once again, amazing!

  • Nanny Pants is on the loose

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    she’s crafty…she gets around. she’s crafty and she’s always down. she’s crafty and she’s just my type. she’s crafty…ah yeah!

    that’s pretty cool. just sayin…have you seen “bon qui qui” – mad tv skit on youtube? so funny.

  • Dana Yoshimizu

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Omg, this is such a brilliant idea!! AWESOME~!

  • kaitlyn

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    they look really great

  • Style by T

    July 16, 2009 | Reply


  • Nina

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Seriously this is amazing!

  • uzmanamator

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    WoooWWWW I loved shoes ,this are really good!

  • Zoé Macaron

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    You’re amazing !! Waaahouuu !

  • JGeb

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Freakin’ amazing! How do you come up with this stuff..I wish I had this creativity and talent!!

  • nookie

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    simply amazing

  • Dana

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    I can’t belive you’re sooo talented!!!!

  • Anonymous

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Wow! Excellent. Shoes look great. Thanks for the tipster.

  • Pink Lemonade

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Wow! I’m very impressed!!!

  • Jen Ell's Revenge

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    These are awesome!

  • Chessa!

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Seriously? Maegan who are frigging awesome…imagine that in the biggest evah New Yawk accent, btw.
    But honestly…you clever, clever girl. love it. love your creativity!!

  • Jennifer Fabulous

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    You’re amazing. Those look just like the original. I wish I had your talent!

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    I see a book in your future. One smokin’ hot book.

  • Dream Sequins

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Cage me up in those! I love it! BTW- I think I like the DIY version better than the real version. YES!

  • anhesty

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    maegan! i finally did the diy shoes! check my blog i posted pics up.


  • down and out chic

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    how do you come up with this?!! so smart.

  • Perfectly Imperfect

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    girl. you are like sick talented.

  • Anonymous

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    i have never seen anyone make a diy like you….fabulous!!!

  • tokyostargirl

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    oh my gosh, oh my gosh – these look great! you did an absolutely fabulous job!!!

  • Absolutely Not Martha

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    sh@#! now i’m feeling like not only am i not martha, but i’m not maegan either…way to make a girl feel inept with all these damn genius diy projects.

    (love top photo btw.)

  • Ana Paula

    July 16, 2009 | Reply


  • Pretty Little World

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Amazing…you make the most fabulous things!! I’m completely in awe…

  • ZombieLace

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    This is great!! I love it on the shoes and as a bracelet, I’ll definitely try this one sometime.

  • FJ

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    Wow. You’re so talented with this DIY stuff.

  • jennine

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    unbelievably awesome

  • Fashionista*

    July 16, 2009 | Reply

    you are amazing!
    so clever

    and it’s really cute

  • Girl Japan: April Marie Claire

    July 17, 2009 | Reply

    You are a DIY goddess, nuff said…

  • Style Porn

    July 17, 2009 | Reply

    Ummmm….excuse me. SHUT UP! These are retardedly awesome. Sorry I’m not being very articulate, but your DIY prowess has officially reached a new level. I’m at a loss for words.

  • Nina Ribeiro

    July 17, 2009 | Reply

    Hi, I loved the idea!!!!
    Amazing! I just don´t get how you placed de leather down in the sandals (right above the toes)…

  • Mom of 5

    July 17, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, these are spectacular! I feel inspired to look around to see other applications for this!

  • Diabolina Da Fashionista

    July 18, 2009 | Reply

    i bow down to you!! Thank you for this!!

    Please do a DIY about thrashing jeans. I started on an old pair but made it more hobo than chic. boo.

  • Maeko

    July 18, 2009 | Reply

    You and your DIY’s. You should start and esty for this stuff. You could make a killing.

  • A Life Analytical

    July 18, 2009 | Reply

    I love it!

  • K.DeSantos

    July 18, 2009 | Reply

    These are uber sexy! Love them…I have to post your tutorial on my blog 🙂

  • glaykisdolcevita

    July 18, 2009 | Reply

    wow….georgeous idea…

  • Breeahna

    July 18, 2009 | Reply

    Geeezus! I like them more! That’s a useful talent you have there!

  • anotherfishinthesea

    July 18, 2009 | Reply

    wow i know everyone has already said it, but amazing!

  • chloe

    July 18, 2009 | Reply

    i couldn’t understand the big fuss over these YSL shoes, i think they must be so unflattering (something that was confirmed when i saw them on beyonce!) but your are just gorgeous! i love that its just the small bit of ‘cage’ at the front, im so impressed!

  • Anonymous

    July 18, 2009 | Reply

    Well Done. Very clever

  • beautifulnemo

    July 19, 2009 | Reply

    You are truly amazing. I have no words… ENHORABUENA! 🙂
    xx from Madrid!

  • Cafe Fashionista

    July 19, 2009 | Reply

    You are a DIY genius! 🙂

  • Bebe

    July 27, 2009 | Reply

    god youre good! wowza!

  • C'est Moi

    July 29, 2009 | Reply

    I am impressed. In awe. Stunned. Amazed. Bravo!


    August 6, 2009 | Reply

    stunning! they are absolutely gorgeous.

  • b is for brown

    August 6, 2009 | Reply

    how did i miss this post? i mean, are you kidding me? those cutouts must have driven you nutty. however, the end result is fabulous!

  • Phyllis

    August 7, 2009 | Reply

    OMG this is genius! my friend has been borrowing my boring silver heels so much i finally just gave them to her. i’m totally gonna demand them back now for this DIY, can’t wait to try it!!


  • Anonymous

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Amazing, amazing, amazing.Never stop with this blog, I love to see what you´ll come up with next.

  • Jennifer Ramos

    August 14, 2009 | Reply

    WOW I’M IMPRESSED, these are great!

    Jen Ramos
    ‘Cards & Prints You’ll Love…’


  • Candi

    August 14, 2009 | Reply

    OMG lady you are so talented! They’re gorgeous!

  • Cookie

    August 15, 2009 | Reply

    girl! you rules;). amazing!

  • Lilli

    October 1, 2009 | Reply

    amazing! Love it! Oh and I linked you on my site. Thanks!

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    February 25, 2010 | Reply

    amazing blog, what a thought. i really appreciate it. fantastic pair of shoes. i also have some DC Shoes which are cool and latest. if you are interested then visit this link

  • Alisa

    April 13, 2010 | Reply

    Wow! Fantastic! Glad to have found you!

  • Miss Manitas

    June 30, 2014 | Reply

    Wow!! that’s supercute!!!

  • JennBlossom

    April 29, 2015 | Reply

    Six years later, and these are still awesome! 😀

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