Earlier in the year, lots of fashion bloggers were wearing lace-up flats. Now I’m definitely not one to be on top of the latest fashion trends of Paris and Milan etc, but I really liked how they added a feminine, ballerina touch to their outfits. So as much as I am aware lace-up flats are no longer “in vogue”, I’ve decided to whip myself up a DIY version. Can’t remember who, but a fashion designer once said she appreciates style, not fashion, so that’s what I’m doing too!
I believe the original trendsetter was Aquazzura and their lace-up flats retail for $675. There’s a ton of knock-offs available from the likes of Aldo, Topshop, Free People and the like. My version, although it lacks the gold hardware cost $25.
I scoured the internet for tutorials (there’s a lot out there). I found what I thought to be the best tutorial on YouTube, by InJoyy:
I followed her instructions with a couple of tweaks:
- I used D’Orsay flats instead of ballerina flats as I based my shoes on Aldo’s Colyn.
- I didn’t stitch the seams because I thought superglue was strong enough to hold the elastic in place (so far so good).
- I used a patent faux leather pair of flats from Amazon, not suedette. Suedette is probably easier so I suggest don’t do what I did and use faux suede flats like these!
You may have seen I wore my DIY lace-up flats with my handmade cocoon dress. Umi is 4.5kg now (almost 9 pounds), so I needed stylish flats for walking around the city with the baby carrier. Unfortunately my slip-on sneakers don’t count as “stylish”, so I’m pretty chuffed with these lace-up flats!
What do you think? As a creative sewing / DIY lover, what are your thoughts on following on-trend fashion?