Collecting vintage costume jewelry is a weakness of mine. By looking at my collection of vintage rhinestone ear clips, however, you would never guess that my ears actually don’t take well to clip ons. Naturally, my justification for hoarding these unnecessary gems is the ability to transform them into more befitting accessories . . . like shoe clips! They are the perfect way to transform a pair of simple flats or pumps. If the ear clip hinges are strong enough, they can simply clamp on the shoes as they are. And if they aren’t, I’ll show you a super easy method for turning them into a sturdy pair of shoe clips.
- a pair of vintage costume earrings (clip on earrings work best)
- a pair of blank shoe clips (I like how heavy duty these are)
Start using the pliers to wiggle the ear clip hinge back and forth from the base. It will eventually snap off entirely. Open the blank shoe clip and apply a good amount of glue on the outer flat surface.
Press it against the backside of the earring. Make sure the area the shoe clip is being adhered to is larger than the shoe clip. Repeat on the other earring and allow to dry for at least a few hours.
Shoe clips have 2 small metal prongs, which attach to the underside of the shoes, that keep the clip fastened securely. The top is smooth so that it doesn’t do any damage to the shoes.
If smaller earrings aren’t sizable enough, they can be combined into one. Apply E6000 along the side of a earring. Press another earrings against it and reinforce the area with more glue from the backside. Allow to dry for at least a few hours.
Apply a good amount of glue to the blank area of the shoe clip and press it against the backside of the earring. Repeat and allow to dry.
Clip them onto your favorite pair of flats!
Interchange the clips if you wish . . .
and step on out!
(flats by Madewell available here and here; all images by HonestlyWTF)
I really love this Diy. I will diy my flats too. Easy and super lovely. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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These are perfect! Great tutorial – so simple – I’m definitely going to try this 🙂
Definitely going to try this!
Definitely going to try this!
What an amazing and easy DIY! Love it!
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Wow, what a great idea. This is a perfect project for any of those clip-on earrings that got passed down to you from your grandmother or mother, but you just wouldn’t wear them now, only if they are costume jewelry. Such a fun way to repurpose family jewels. I have a whole box of brooches and clips on that I could use for this project!
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That looks great. Nice inspiration.
it’s such a good idea!!!!! It’s so easy to do and looks gorgeous!!!
I love your post. Shoe clips were my favorite accessory years ago…
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This is genius! So pretty too.
I love this DIY!!! gorgeous! xo, Alma
I like the fact that you can add them on the shoes and easyly remove them when you want to wear the flats without any decor.
Looks Fantastic – time to raid Granny’s jewelry box…and the shoe shops for some new flats!!
Love this, brings an old accessory which is now how to find to a new audience. Do you ship to Australia? Haven’t seen the shoe blanks here.
Woooww love it! <3
such a simple and easy idea! i love that some of the clip ons can just be added to the shoes without any extra work!
Oh wow love these!! I’m definitely going to look out for brooches and earrings in charity shops to make some of these!
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What a perfect way to dress up a pair of old standbys!
Super cute and totally do-able! What a great way to dress up your flats. ~ ashleigh
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Oh these are so cute and chic! Perfect flapper vibe!
love this… next time you are here we should go vintage jewelry shopping!
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but with some other shoes i will definitely try some DIY trick!
Love how they look! I really like the pink ones!
I love these clips on the purple flats- so chic. Great DIY idea.
great idea !
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Love this simple diy! So chic! Definitely trying this
I love this tutorial! So creative and a perfect way to dress up plain shoes.
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seriously brilliant idea xx
I love the idea of these, I think on the back of a neutral heel would be over the top and awesome!
I Love this idea! I was hugely into clip on earings when I was 10 😉 Think I may have to revisit this.
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What a great idea! Now I just have to pay a visit to the flee market to find some of those earings….
So easy, so lovely the result 😉
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These look amazing, brilliant way of jazzing up so plain flats.
this is awesome! i love diamonds with leopard print
Easy to do and absolutely perfect!
I love shoe clips. Love your post!
so cute! I remember my mom had these and I thought they were earrings …. putting them in my ears was a bad idea
Great DIY idea!
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WHY have i never done this??? genius!
These are gorgeous! It reminds me of the movie ‘P.S., I Love You’ when the main character starts creating her own shoes. 🙂
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I am so in love with these jewel shoe clip-ons! I felt like I’m looking at a Miu Miu Jeweled Flats creation when in fact, this is DIY! I am a jewelry designer and I can’t find anything wrong or anything to improve on this bejeweled pieces! I learned how to make jewelry by attending classes by Dragonfly Designs (http://www.jewelrybydfly.com)in South San Francisco. They taught me everything I need to learn in jewelry making like copper etching, enameling, stamping and dapping, bead stringing, wire work, resin pendants, finger knitting and hair jewelry!
Such a great idea!! 😀
awesome pieces but I couldn’t let them be on my shoes instead of somewhere up, a more visible place
Doesn’t the clip thing hurts your feet? Just wondering.
How darling! I love shoe clips as well! I have been designing them for the past 10 years and it’s addictive!
Delicate Raymond Jewelry Bar in the LES, NYC on Orchard Street has amazing vintage clip on earrings! They are only $5 each and a shipment of 500-1000 pieces comes once a month!
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Girrrlll!! Sorry to say, but I’ve been doing this trick for YEARS.. Clip-ons are so versatile it’s a sin not to buy some if the price is right…they also hurt my ears after about 2 hrs, that’s why I had to think of something to do w/them. & one of the perks is that they don’t leave any pin-holes in fabrics should u use them as brooches or deco on boots, shirts, purses, etc. Ur imagination is endless…..werk it girl!!!
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Where can you buy the clips? I found some online at Joann’s, but no picture to know if I’ll be getting the right product.
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Gorgeous and such a fabulous idea. Must share with all my friends x
It is really nice!!!
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Fantastic idea! Love shoe clips…such an effective way to transform your favourite flats or heels into a whole new look! Some of our favourite shoes clip looks are here: http://www.secretdor.com/blog/shoe-clips
First time I’ve seen shoe clip components! 🙂 Shoe clips are a great way to jazz up an old belt too 🙂
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Just ordered the shoe clips off Etsy! Thanks!!
Magnificent site. Plenty of useful information here. I’m sending it to some pals ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you for your effort!|
Wouldn’t hurt to have a small soldering tool also. And I have seen another tutorial that suggesting putting it straight onto the shoe… for me I have had some issue with shoe clips in the past.
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what kind of glue for shoes clips ? Can you tell me about glue brand name ? thanks
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