12 July, 2013

DIY cut-out boots

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We've all seen and lusted over the Balenciaga and Alexander Wang cut-out boots, and numerous lookalikes have hit the high street since, but I thought why not create my own DIY version. I intended to make them for my London trip but didn't get round to it so, instead, I took them to Scandinavia with me and wore them non-stop (see the outfit posts here).

Here's how I did it...

I bought some chelsea boots with a strap around the ankle.

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I cut out the elastic with a sharp pair of scissors.

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And that was pretty much it! How much easier can it get.

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Except, I wanted to toughen them up a bit and add the hardware element that the Balenciaga buckles provide.

So I bought some chunky gold chain (was really looking for dark silver but couldn't find any, so I'm still on the hunt) and used some pliers to shorten it into two pieces of equal length. 
I also bought two clasps and attached them to one end of each piece of chain.

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I replaced the black ankle strap with the chain and voila, my chain cut-out boots were ready to go! I love that I can swap the straps interchangeably, depending on what my outfit is. 

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If I was in a cooler country I would totally be wearing these throughout the summer, to complement cute dresses, but sadly I don't think they're realistic footwear for the 50'C heat in Dubai. Oh well, they'll just have to stay sitting in my cupboard until my next escapade to cooler climes!


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