DIY Pointed Toe Leopard Pumps

Manolo Blahnik leopard pumps

I’m going to tell you a secret that shoe retailers and your shoe repair man don’t want you to know. You can turn your dated round or almond toe shoes into a classic pointed toe pair, and you can do it yourself.

I had this pair of brown suede Chanel mary janes. The suede had seen better days and the almond toe pump was dating them far more than the few scuffs. However, I have a sentimental attachment to those babies, so I thought I would take a crack at giving them a little makeover and hopefully give them a second life.

I’d been mulling over the purchase of a pair of leopard pumps like these Manolo Blahniks and Diane Von Furstenbergs:

Manolo Blahnik leopard pumps

So I killed two birds with one DIY project. I bypassed my shoe guy and decided to look under the hood of my beloved but outdated babes, and I am so glad I did.

Wanna makeover your pumps too? You’ll need:

1 Pair of brown suede pumps
1 Tube of Shoe Goo (this stuff alone will make your cobbler nearly obsolete)
1 Metal nail file
1 Pair of heavy duty fabric scissors
1 Small tube of bronze yellow acrylic paint (I like Liquitex)
1 Small tube of black acrylic paint (optional)
1 Black fabric marker (like this one)
1 Sponge
1 Small paintbrush
Self adhering athletic tape (like this)
Small piece of sandpaper

1. As always, make sure your shoes are clean and free of any debris. Take your metal nail file and insert it slowly between the toe of the shoe and the sole, twisting slightly up and down to pry the sole off of the shoe.

DIY Pointed Toe Pumps

2. Separate the sole from the shoe till you reach about halfway down to the ball of the foot area. You’ll see the suede wrapped around the insole. Use the metal nail file to pry the suede that is wrapped around the insole away from the insole while keeping the suede and the insole in tact. Once its detached, pull the insole toward the bottom sole so that they are matched up against each other.

changing almond or round toe pumps to pointed toe pumps

3. Use your pencil to draw your pointed toe and cut the out sole first. Measure the insole against the cut and trace it with the pencil, and cut the insole to match.

DIY Pointed toe pumps

4. Generously apply the Shoe Goo to the insole facing the out sole and the edges that were wrapped around the insole using a paintbrush. Pinch the suede around the insole to fit to the shape of the new pointed toe. Keeping the toe pinched with your fingers, stick the out sole to the suede and the insole.

DIY Pointed Toe Leopard pump

5. Still keeping one hand holding the shape, take the self adhering tape and wrap the toes of the shoes together tightly like a mummy. This helps the new toe shape stay put while it drys. Repeat this process on the other shoe. Let them dry overnight.

DIY Pointed Toe Leopard pump

6. Unwrap the athletic tape and if there are any gaps between the suede and the out soles, fill them in with the shoe goo. If there is any shoe goo on the suede, rub it off using the sandpaper.

7. Apply the bronze yellow paint with the sponge in circles, leaving brown space the size of a fingertip in between each circle like so:

DIY Pointed Toe Leopard shoes

8. Continue this process on both shoes. Midway through my painting I decided to make a black cap toe on my pair. I wasn’t getting the sheen and opacity I wanted with black shoe polish, so I used black acrylic paint and smoothed it in using my fingertip. Worked like a charm.

9. While you let the paint dry (it shouldn’t take more than an hour), use your black fabric paint marker to cover the heels (optional).

DIY Pointed Toe Leopard shoes

10. Once they are dry, draw your leopard spots using the black fabric paint marker. Make thick, patchy c shaped marks around the unpainted brown spots and small closed black spots elsewhere. Be wild with it, it’s supposed to be a random natural pattern.

DIY leopard chanel pointed toe pumps

Enjoy your new upgraded shoes!

Have any shoe fix tricks? Do tell!

xo BB

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  • Reply
    12/30/2013 at 3:58 pm

    OMFG you did this yourself? You are an artist, my dear. So proud of you and blown away!

    • Reply
      Brittni Brown
      12/30/2013 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you so much! I was surprised by how simple this was. You should try it! Send me pics if you do!

  • Reply
    12/29/2013 at 11:41 pm

    brilliant! 🙂

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