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How to Glue Beads Onto Dress Shoes

by Mimi Bullock, studioD

After hours of shopping for a remarkable dress, wearing a pair of plain heels seems like a crime. Add instant glam to your simple shoes by gluing beads to the toe, heel or straps. This fashion craft is an easy way to dress up inexpensive shoes and guarantee that your shoes will be an original -- at least in design. You don't want to leave a trail of beads on the dance floor so use the right materials for this creative project.

Wipe down the shoes to remove dirt and debris. For the best results, you want the glue to have a good contact between the shoes and beads. Your shoes should be completely dry.

Use a fabric pencil to draw a design on the shoes. If you are following a picture, make sure you start with the same shoe style and size as the one you are using as a guide. Do not put beads inside or on the bottom of your shoes.

Select the beads you will use for your design. If working with multiple rows of small beads, string strands together to make the task shorter and easier to manage. Use thread and a needle to string the beads together.

Dab glue on a small area of the shoe, about 1/2 to 1-inch sections at a time. Press the bead down on the glue. Use an orange stick or toothpick to force the bead down into the glue. The glue should completely surround the bead to seal it in place. The glue may be white when you apply it but it will dry clear after a few hours.

Items you will need
  •  Soft cloth
  •  Fabric pencil
  •  Thread needle
  •  Flexible adhesive glue
  •  Orange stick
  •  Toothpick
  •  Small scissors


  • Decide in advance on a shoe design. It is better to start with a plan than to wing it. Seek inspiration from magazines or shoe stores.
  • You should allow 24 hours of cure time before you wear your stylish new shoes.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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