CelebriDIY Inspiration: Embellished Ankle Straps

Emily Blunt in Gianvito Rossi, Hayden Panettiere in Jimmy Choo, Cassie in Cavalli

So I’ve noticed how celebrities have been opting for minimal traditional jewelry (ie: earrings, necklaces, etc…) and choosing to accessorise their… ankles! That’s right the ankles are making big come back on red carpets all across the world. As if that sexy ankle ever went out of style!

Imagine my DIY delight when I was sitting front row at Nina Ricci and I got an up close an personal look at these blinged out ankle embellished pumps (and by sitting front row I mean scanning the collection on Style.com). My mind was in creative overdrive…

Although my bright blue Aldo wedges are pretty amazing as is, I thought they could use a little embellishment

I ran to my jewelry box an pulled out ever bling out brooch, button and earring I could find. I love the Nina Ricci inspired look, but don’t be afraid to add feather, bows, flowers, studs or chains to your ankle straps. There’s no material a lil E6000 can’t hold!

DIYers Tip: If you use brooches you can simply slip them over the straps. Then there’s no need for glue. You can wear your shoes with or without the embellishments. Who doesn’t love options?!?

Dress from H&M, Earrings from Kate Spade, Wedges from Aldo


38 responses

  1. Love the Nina Ricci inspiration, and yours turned out fabulous! I’m always looking for a good excuse to stock up on thrifted baubles, and this is a great one. I’ll definitely be trying this.


    March 14, 2012 at 3:08 am

  2. I adore this idea!!! great DIY!! might just have to test it out this weekend! 🙂

    love K

    March 14, 2012 at 5:21 am

  3. jennafurelise

    you look amazing!!…what lipstick are you wearing?!…it is entirely too fabulous to have not earned an honorable mention!!…

    March 14, 2012 at 6:04 am

  4. Love it love it love it – was thinking about jazzing up my ankles this morning and didn’t want to wear an ankle bracelet. I love this idea – thank you!

    March 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

  5. Robin

    What a great idea!!! I am going to be all over this idea this weekend!!!! P.s. the dress looks awesome on you! I think you have also encouraged me to buy it for myself!
    P.s. I read your blog all the time but don’t really comment too much but I just had to pipe up on this ! 🙂

    March 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

  6. @GlamourFanatic

    This is so freakin cute! I love it!!

    March 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

  7. Helene

    Love this! Your bright blue wedges turned out fabulous! Looks fantastic with your outfit too! Is this painted turquoise (my favorite color!) wall somewhere in L.A.? Great backdrop for photos! Thanks for sharing your tips!

    March 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

  8. CMI

    Love this! Totally digging the blue suede shoes too. Great ensemble!

    March 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

  9. Mkay


    March 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

  10. You look suoer cute! I realllly like this idea. I have a pair of boring brown wedges that can really use this idea.

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    March 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  11. Babyjo

    I love the shoes and the embellishments. Very creative!

    March 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

  12. Sheila Audige

    Very cute!!! I love it!!!!

    March 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm

  13. Amazing DIY, I must start collecting brooches!

    March 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm

  14. I love that the ankle straps are not 100% identical.. thats what makes them super cool! Love it!


    March 15, 2012 at 12:09 am

  15. Looks awesome! I will deff try this as soon as I will find suitable shoes 🙂

    March 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

  16. I luv these ankle accessories. Too, too cute.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  17. jin

    loving that last photo!! too cute!!

    March 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  18. You are fabolous with that dress and the shoes!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  19. jollen oremor

    I just bought those shoes on Tuesday but I bought the fuchsia colored ones….i fell in love the moment I laid eyes on them…this is a great idea…thanks!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  20. Darby

    absolutely loveeee this! ah!

    March 16, 2012 at 8:09 am

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  23. what an amazing idea– love it!

    March 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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  26. Lo

    This looks beautiful! I’m super jealous of your yummy brooch and bling collection and the best part is that if you ever get sick of the ankle embellishment, you can always re use the jewles. LOVE IT!

    April 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm

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  30. fleurmannequin

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that idea! And your heels with those jewels is just perfect! Great job! 😀

    August 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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  35. These embellished ankle straps are to die for! I can easily incorporate the things I learned from jewelry making classes by Dragonfly Designs (http://www.jewelrybydfly.com) when doing these stunners! I think a multi-layer swarovski embellished chain will really look good on our simple strappy shoes! A fabulous transformation!

    March 11, 2013 at 5:01 am

  36. I love you for this!! Awesome!!

    August 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

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    November 18, 2013 at 4:44 am

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