Add Decorative Trim to a Pair of Shoes

Update a Pair of Shoes by Covering the Sides of the Sole with Trim

I have this pair of shoes that I love… I know this style and brand are hugely popular but in all honesty, it took awhile for them to grow on me! I just didn’t like the way to sides of the sole looked. The sides of the soles looked so out of place, and I wore them anyway but only occasionally. When I bought the same brand of shoes in an espadrille style, it occurred to me that I could just add decorative trim to the shoes to cover the edges of the sole and make this pair look similar to espadrilles.

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They came out so cute and I really love them! Of course, I know that the trim will eventually get dirty and possibly fall apart but then I could always add something different. I can wear them and actually LIKE them!

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I bought flat trim that was about 1/4″ wide, which fit perfectly along the edge of the sole. It looks like a sort of braided jute. I used hot glue (<– affiliate link!)  to attach the trim and worked in sections.

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I placed the trim as close to the fabric upper as I could (to lessen the likelihood of the trim contacting the ground as I walk) and pressed it firmly into the glue.

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I started and ended at the back of the heel, covering the exposed edge of the trim at the end with glue to keep it from unraveling.

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They are so cute and the addition of the trim looks like the shoes were made that way – it’s a very natural look!

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Did you changed the look of a pair of shoes by adding decorative trim? Leave a comment below! If you add decorative trim to shoes, let me know because I would love to see!

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