DIY Crystal Studded Sneakers

After seeing a pair of Swarovski encrusted New Balance sneakers, captured via Instagram at last week’s CFDA Awards, I was immediately inspired to DIY my own. I loved how simple the shoes looked – with just the logo covered in subtly colored rhinestones. So why not bling out my recently purchased Nike high tops?!

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You’ll need:

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Start by squeezing a dollop of E6000 glue onto a piece of cardboard or disposable surface. Use a toothpick to apply a thin line of glue along a small section of the logo perimeter.

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Flip all the crystals so they are all face up. Use the jewel setter, a wax tipped tool, to pick up each crystal. You can easily DIY your own jewel setter by balling up some beeswax on the tip of a skewer or toothpick.

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Apply the smaller crystals, one at a time, along the perimeter. Add more glue as needed.

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Fill in the logo with larger crystals. Smaller crystals may need to be used to fill in any small gaps.

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Allow to dry completely before repeating the steps. Use a wet cloth to wipe off any waxy residue left behind by the jewel setter.

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Viola! Your crystal studded kicks are finished . . . bling bling.

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(images by HonestlyWTF)

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  1. great idea, love the effect <3

    6.11.13
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  2. bplastyle wrote:

    amazing diy! live it! xx from spain

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    6.11.13
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  3. Rachelle wrote:

    This is so cool, I want them.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

    6.11.13
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  4. STEL STYLE wrote:

    This diy is really cool!!!! I love yor diys

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    6.11.13
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  5. Paty wrote:

    I loved it!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

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    6.11.13
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  6. Really awesome DIY! Looks very professional and as if Swarowski did a collab with Nike.
    Love that you kept it simple with a black and white pair of Nikes and classic crystals.
    It’s a great way to fancy up a pair of shoes.
    They really look great!!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

    6.11.13
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  7. Danka wrote:

    What a simple yet fantastic idea! That’s what I call sport luxe! xx

    thepeppermintstore.blogspot.co.uk

    6.11.13
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  8. Nomadic D. wrote:

    Not usually a fan of anything reminiscent of bedazzling, but this is super cool! Love them!

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    6.11.13
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  9. Ester wrote:

    LOVED the idea~~
    Please, check my fashion blog.
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    xoxo

    6.11.13
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  10. ohhh loving this idea…it looks amazing! xo, Alma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

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  12. meg wrote:

    Nice job!
    This looks like it took some patience. 🙂

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    6.11.13
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  13. what a glamourous and fun diy!
    xx
    http://petalandplume.blogspot.ca/

    6.11.13
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  14. omg I love them! i don’t even wear high top sneakers but now I want some!

    6.11.13
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  15. LoveYourEgo wrote:

    Wow these kicks look amazing! It makesbthese sneakers just a little bit more elegant. I think they are perfect for days when you feel like putting on comfy sneakers but don’t want them to look too plain.

    http://love-your-ego.blogspot.de

    6.11.13
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  16. Dymphie wrote:

    Coooool! I covered the toe caps of my All Stars with rhinestones a few years ago. Although I lost I few along the way, I still wear them and getting a lot of compliments about it! Also a real easy DIY!

    6.11.13
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  17. Jolleen wrote:

    Wow! I love this DIY! The nike’s look so chic and edgy now.

    xoxo

    Jolleen

    http://simplyjolleen.com

    6.11.13
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  18. Denisa wrote:

    So nice idea and I love DIY.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

    6.11.13
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  19. i.s. wrote:
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  20. Lauren wrote:

    This must have taken a lot if patience. Looks great though.

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

    6.11.13
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  21. vreeni wrote:

    nice idea. next time with pink swarowski´s please 😉

    groetjes
    vreeni
    http://www.freakinyou.blogspot.de

    6.11.13
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  22. Alyx wrote:

    I can dig it!

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    6.11.13
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  23. Joyce wrote:

    This looks so good!! And so tedious!

    6.11.13
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  24. McKenzie wrote:

    I’m not usually into blinging/bedazzling items haha but this looks really cool and effective! I’m not sure I’d have the patience, but it looks so creative!

    http://currentlylovingblog.blogspot.com/

    6.12.13
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  25. Michelle wrote:

    OMG, eek these are sooooo amazing. I’m well jel you’ve got them because they are well gorge 🙂

    6.12.13
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  26. Bonita wrote:

    This is awesome! I really really love it

    6.12.13
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  27. Meghan wrote:

    This is so cool , who would’ve thought to do this , great post .

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    6.12.13
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  28. so awesome as always

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  29. Very cool! Definitely adds some glam to the athleticism.

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/InfiniteStyleShop

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  30. Irene wrote:

    Such a great idea!

    xx

    http://www.ireneweekly.com

    6.14.13
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  31. Sundal wrote:

    Very cool! Will have to give this a go on some unsuspecting pair of shoes soon…

    If you guys like shoe related DIYs, check out my zadig&voltaire inspired DIY boots:

    http://patterns4life.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/diy-western-belt-buckle-boots.html

    6.14.13
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  32. Natasha wrote:

    Well done ! I am just about to post on DIY glitter sneakers on my blog 😉

    bisousnatasha.com

    6.15.13
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  33. nomnomwu wrote:

    love the leather bag in the first picture. mind sharing what it is? i have to get me some high tops now!

    6.15.13
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  34. Nina wrote:

    great shoes! I love this style

    6.28.13
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  35. octarine wrote:

    I did that to my converse sneakers after falling in love with this guy’s work : http://redomyshoe.blogspot.com/

    6.29.13
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  36. elin wrote:

    Love this, I wish I can make it !

    7.10.13
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  37. That looks awesome! I bet it took a long time and a lot of concentration, very cool though!

    7.10.13
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  38. I really love this DIY !!! So I did it, but not with Nike shoes neither Swarovski… See it on my blog !

    7.20.13
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    7.20.13
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    9.6.13
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  41. love this creative art

    9.19.13
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  43. Skye wrote:

    What kind of nikes are these and where do I get a pair?

    11.12.13
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  44. Jennette wrote:

    LOVE this idea…I have a few questions tho…how well do the crystals stay on the shoe? Is the glue you used a special type of glue that holds the crystal to the material better then other glues?

    11.16.13
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  45. Noemi wrote:

    They’re so beautiful! Unfortunately in my country Swarovski crystals are very expensive.

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  47. Allie wrote:

    Wow love this idea 🙂
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    8.17.14
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  48. Nice! Reminds me a bit of Miu Miu (the bling not the pattern 😉 )

    10.20.14
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  49. Gretchen wrote:

    How long did it take to glue all of the crystals on?

    12.10.14
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  50. Suzy wrote:

    Lovely article.
    And I was just trying to figure out something interesting to do to some boring white sneakers that I have. Brilliant.
    Keep going i follow you
    Thanks

    12.17.15
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  51. Eshika Roy wrote:

    Sneakers are all the rage now. Thank you for sharing this awesome DIY studded sneakers . The cool thing about sneakers is that it can be paired with any outfit. I can’t wait to try it myself. Please keep on sharing more helpful posts in the future.

    7.12.17
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  53. masi71 wrote:

    They are so beautiful, I want one of them
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    9.19.20
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