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 |

    you blow my mind girl! AMAZING!

  • Morgan

    July 15, 2009 |

    Seriously amazing!

  • anhesty

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

    What a great idea! These are fabulous!

  • Jules

    July 15, 2009 |

    You’ve got such great ideas! Love it ♥

  • daer0n

    July 15, 2009 |

    So neat!

  • Fashion&Such

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

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

    Just wondering ;0)

  • daer0n

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

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

  • bananas.

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • {eleise}

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • Glamour Bbey

    July 15, 2009 |

    Its amazing!

  • diane

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • Milly

    July 15, 2009 |

    you are effin amazing! 🙂 …another great DIY

  • Justine-R

    July 15, 2009 |

    Great idea
    u’re fantastic



  • Cathy Voyage

    July 15, 2009 |

    Unbelievable cool! You are amazing!

  • Fashionista

    July 15, 2009 |

    gorgeous diy project…its turned out amazing…

  • Amber

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

    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 |

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

  • Lily G.

    July 15, 2009 |

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


  • Nessa

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • Amanda Robyn

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

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

  • courtney

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

    great! you’re so creative.

  • Ceci*

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • Sheri

    July 15, 2009 |

    Very cute and great idea! 🙂

  • Piper Jacquelyn

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • Tricia

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • The Style Rules

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

    Love the ribbon on the side, very sexy x

    Great DIY!


  • Carlotta

    July 15, 2009 |


  • Savvy Mode SG

    July 15, 2009 |

    very snazzy! you are so creative!!!

  • bakingwithplath

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

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

  • ticklishfromadistance

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • drollgirl

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • meow meow

    July 15, 2009 |


  • Summer

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • Gina

    July 15, 2009 |

    Those are amazing! You are so crafty!

  • God's Favorite Shoes!

    July 15, 2009 |

    You are ridiculously talented!

  • OceanDreams

    July 15, 2009 |

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

  • carlyjcais

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

    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 |

    Oh wow… that is totally creative!

  • BellaCene

    July 15, 2009 |

    I agree with Elizabeth!

  • bianca

    July 15, 2009 |

    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 |

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

  • tupieta

    July 15, 2009 |

    You need a freakin show. i swear

  • Maegan

    July 16, 2009 |

    nice polish

  • ~Mrs. Guru~

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • Megan

    July 16, 2009 |

    You are SO awesome!

  • Bucca

    July 16, 2009 |


  • Sher

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • Fabulous Finds Gal

    July 16, 2009 |

    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 |

    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 |

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Nani

    July 16, 2009 |


  • Erica

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • Underfunded Heiress

    July 16, 2009 |

    You are soooo talented!! Love them!

  • Adele

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • Iva

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • brooke

    July 16, 2009 |

    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 |

    once again, amazing!

  • Nanny Pants is on the loose

    July 16, 2009 |

    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 |

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

  • kaitlyn

    July 16, 2009 |

    they look really great

  • Style by T

    July 16, 2009 |


  • Nina

    July 16, 2009 |

    Seriously this is amazing!

  • uzmanamator

    July 16, 2009 |

    WoooWWWW I loved shoes ,this are really good!

  • Zoé Macaron

    July 16, 2009 |

    You’re amazing !! Waaahouuu !

  • JGeb

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • nookie

    July 16, 2009 |

    simply amazing

  • Dana

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • Anonymous

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • Pink Lemonade

    July 16, 2009 |

    Wow! I’m very impressed!!!

  • Jen Ell's Revenge

    July 16, 2009 |

    These are awesome!

  • Chessa!

    July 16, 2009 |

    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 |

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

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • Dream Sequins

    July 16, 2009 |

    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 |

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


  • down and out chic

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • Perfectly Imperfect

    July 16, 2009 |

    girl. you are like sick talented.

  • Anonymous

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • tokyostargirl

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • Absolutely Not Martha

    July 16, 2009 |

    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 |


  • Pretty Little World

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • ZombieLace

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • FJ

    July 16, 2009 |

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

  • jennine

    July 16, 2009 |

    unbelievably awesome

  • Fashionista*

    July 16, 2009 |

    you are amazing!
    so clever

    and it’s really cute

  • Girl Japan: April Marie Claire

    July 17, 2009 |

    You are a DIY goddess, nuff said…

  • Style Porn

    July 17, 2009 |

    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 |

    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 |

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

  • Diabolina Da Fashionista

    July 18, 2009 |

    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 |

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

  • A Life Analytical

    July 18, 2009 |

    I love it!

  • K.DeSantos

    July 18, 2009 |

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

  • glaykisdolcevita

    July 18, 2009 |

    wow….georgeous idea…

  • Breeahna

    July 18, 2009 |

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

  • anotherfishinthesea

    July 18, 2009 |

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

  • chloe

    July 18, 2009 |

    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 |

    Well Done. Very clever

  • beautifulnemo

    July 19, 2009 |

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

  • Cafe Fashionista

    July 19, 2009 |

    You are a DIY genius! 🙂

  • Bebe

    July 27, 2009 |

    god youre good! wowza!

  • C'est Moi

    July 29, 2009 |

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


    August 6, 2009 |

    stunning! they are absolutely gorgeous.

  • b is for brown

    August 6, 2009 |

    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 |

    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 |

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

  • Jennifer Ramos

    August 14, 2009 |

    WOW I’M IMPRESSED, these are great!

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


  • Candi

    August 14, 2009 |

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

  • Cookie

    August 15, 2009 |

    girl! you rules;). amazing!

  • Lilli

    October 1, 2009 |

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

  • DC Shoes UK

    February 25, 2010 |

    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 |

    Wow! Fantastic! Glad to have found you!

  • Miss Manitas

    June 30, 2014 |

    Wow!! that’s supercute!!!

  • JennBlossom

    April 29, 2015 |

    Six years later, and these are still awesome! 😀

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