When I saw these Tory Burch Ambrosia Sandals featured in the June 2013 issue of Vogue, I fell in love with the originality and design, but I didn’t love the price.
So, when I realized that I could recreate the design using an old pair of sandals and simple materials, I knew I had to share this tutorial. The total cost for this project, including the shoes (which were on sale at Payless last season) is $25, a far cry from the original $400 price tag.
And while you may be thinking that the shoes are too beachy for fall, I really love the juxtaposition of the bright, light colors with darker autumn tones like navy – this season’s featured color and (forever chic) black. And, according to the TB team, [these sandals are] Surprisingly versatile, this pair is an easy way to add a cheerfully eclectic touch to any look, from tomboy jeans or classic work wear to punching up an evening dress.
If you’re not convinced, Tory Burch debuted a new color of these shoes for fall, so you can swap out the blue fabric for red for a darker punk look.
- 1 pair of strappy sandals
- 24 cowrie (puka) shells
- 1 yard powder blue Shabby Chiffon Flower Trim
- Pair of scissors
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Black Sharpie marker
Plug in the hot glue gun and allow to heat for a few minutes. Then, cut a small piece of the flower trim, roll into a mini rosette (it does not have to be perfect!) and glue to the far end of one shoe strap. Continue this process, working from one end of the shoe to the other. Stagger shells in between the rosettes, according to your aesthetic preference, but keep in mind, the original shoes don’t have a uniform design.
When you’re finished covering the straps, “rough up” the rosettes by pulling the fabric slightly to fray and cut off any loose strings with the scissors. Using a Sharpie marker, continue to edge up the shoes by making small lines and dots, creating depth in the color (this is optional).
Hot glue dries very quickly, so after a few minutes, you’re ready to wear your new designer shoes!