How to DIY Saint Laurent's Glitter Boots

We're walking on (much less expensive) sunshine.

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glitter boots tutorial

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Ever since they adorned Natalie Westling's feet on the Fall 2014 runway, Saint Laurent's glitter boots have been on our mental Must Have at (Almost) Any Cost list. But when we found out they retail for $1,145, we 1) clutched our hearts and 2) turned to the Internet.

Below, we walk you through every step of DIYing your own pair with photos and a few helpful hints. Because if there's anything we believe in, it's easy-to-follow tutorials and sparkly footwear for all.

You'll need:

A pair of boots

Super-fine glitter

Matte Mod Podge

A brush

Painter's tape

Matte-finish clear acrylic spray

A container for mixing, preferably with a cover (plastic wrap also works!)

Step 1. Cover any areas you don't want drenched in glitter with painter's tape. Make sure to tape the soles, zippers, and as much of the insides as you think could be dripped on. Tip: Curves are easier to get around if you tear the tape into small pieces.

Step 2. Mix the Mod Podge with glitter. (We combined pink and purple for an iridescent effect.)

Step 3. Adjust the glue mixture until it's saturated with glitter but still liquid. Stir well so the particles stay suspended, and keep the mixing container covered in between coats.

Step 4. Paint! This is the one time thick coats won't adversely affect your product, so go crazy and slather it on. Don't be horrified if your boots look like you've dipped them in Elmer's Glue—the adhesive will dry quickly, and it will dry clear.

Step 5. Add more layers of glitter glue. Repeat until shoes are to your liking. (Four was the magic number for us!)

Step 6. Once the boots are completely dry, stuff the openings with paper towels. Take them to a well-ventilated area, and coat evenly with acrylic spray.

And that's it! Pair them with your most abbreviated skirt, something furry, and simply smile graciously when anyone asks if you raided Prince's closet.

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Photographs by Kathryn Wirsing, design by Mike Stillwell

Chelsea Peng
Assistant Editor

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.