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DIY Tutorial: Mixed-Media Shoe Harness


DIY mixed media shoe harness

Hi, I’m Gloria, and I’m a shoeaholic. I always look to find new ways to update my current shoes, in order to make the most out of my purchases. With the current ankle strap shoe trend, I found a way to re-create this look, add my own personal flair to it, and still be able to revert back to my original shoes.

Read on to learn how to create a mixed-media shoe harness that you can add to any shoe for that ankle-strap look!


DIY Shoe Harness Materials

  • Pumps
  • Heavy Duty Pliers
  • Jewelry Pliers: round nose, close nose, wire cutters
  • Glue Gun
  • Black Hair Elastics
  • Heavy Duty Chain*
  • Jewelry Chain*
  • Rhinestone Chain*
  • Gem Charms*
  • Chained Spike Charms*

*You don’t have to have the exact type of chains I used, the point is to have many different types of materials for a cooler look.

Step One

Step One DIY Shoe Harness

Pick a chain for your “main chain” (the chain that will become part of your ankle strap). I opted for a heavy duty chain, but any chain will work as long as the chain link is as wide as your hair elastic. Simply open a chain link (I used heavy duty pliers) and loop the hair elastic into the link.

Step Two

Step Two DIY Shoe Harness

Close the ring by pinching the loop close with heavy duty pliers. Loop the chain onto the other side of the elastic, and repeat step one here. The point of the hair elastic is to bypass any need for closure for the shoe harness, because the elastic can stretch over your foot to put it on.

Step Three

Attach the rest of the miscellaneous chains.

Step Three DIY Shoe Harness

For chains with smaller chains, simply open and close individual jump rings (here’s a handy gif that shows you how) to attach onto the “main chain” (from step one)/to change the length of the chains.

Step Three DIY Shoe Harness Tip

To achieve a nicer look, aim for different lengths of the chains. Another handy aesthetic tip is to attach the chains on different chains from the “main chain.”

Step Three DIY Shoe Harness Gem One

Step Three DIY Shoe Harness Gem Two

For chains that don’t come equipped with jump rings (like a rhinestone strand), simply attach a larger charm (like this gem charm I used; remember to glue on the side you don’t want showing), and then add a dab of hot glue onto the charm and simply (and quickly) nest the chain into the glue blob.

And that’s it! Slide the shoe harness around your ankle, pair it with your favorite pumps for a glam look!

Header Image DIY Shoe Harness

Feedback please:

What do you think of the ankle strap trend? Do you like shoe harnesses? Would you do this DIY? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see the tutorials for? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on January 8, 2014 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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7 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Mixed-Media Shoe Harness”

  1. 1
    January 8th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    This is so cool!

  2. 2
    January 8th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    This is possibly the best post on CF. Ever. First, those wedges are beautiful and I want that exact pair. The strap takes it a step further. It’s too bad that I’m pretty short and ankle straps make me look even shorter, but I can always covet this trend.

  3. 3
    January 8th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Nice shoes & very creative!

  4. 4
    January 9th, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Cool..I will surely try it..! :)

  5. 5
    January 9th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    @Zoe: Thank you so much :)

    @Christine: Oh my! Thank you for such a lovely comment, it was fantastic to start my day checking up on Collegefashion and reading that, I will be smiling for the rest of the week! I love the ankle strap trend as well, and I’m really short too (*cries in a corner*) but I think the key is to proportioning the length of your bottoms to the shoe.

    @Faiqa: Awesome! I would love to see your version when it’s completed!

  6. 6
    January 9th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is a really cool and creative idea! I will definitely be trying this!!!

  7. 7
    January 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    @Farhana Aziz: Thanks! This is actually the second pair of this type of shoe I have bought; I loved them so much that I had to buy another pair when I accidentally ruined the suede with water D:

    @Emily: Thank you for your kind comment! I would love to see your version when you end up trying this!

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