My Do-It-Youself Givenchy Fall/Winter ’11 Final Toe heels using Aldo Fravel pumps. Original shoe available (and on sale!) here / photos by Jory Cordy (and that’s his cat, not mine)

Here’s a shoe that was so hot on the runway, I might have considered splurging on it. Then I picked them up off an After-Christmas sale shelf and thought twice (out loud, to Julia)… I could easily make these, and almost as good as the original. You may have thought the same, but here’s proof it can be done.

This DIY might serve to disprove the Project Triangle: it was executed cheaply, quickly and looks good. I used:

1 pair of hoop earrings, mine are 3″ diameter yellow gold costume hoops, about $8 [bangles might be another great option]

black classic pumps, ALDO’s ‘Fravel’ pump is perfect

optional: black elastic, round nose pliers for more secure placement (which I did not need)


Open the earring clasp and slide up the vamp. That’s it. Optional: you could secure the hoops in place with a couple stitches or by using pliers to round off the wire earring ends and stringing through a small piece of elastic. If you find the right diameter earring for your foot, the hoops should stay perfectly in place with no additional support (plus, then they’re easily removable).

This one really is as easy as it looks and dresses up your basic back pumps. I’m pretty impressed by the runway accuracy on this one and it costs next to nothing compared to the original whopping retail price of $790 (they are still nearly $400 on sale!). I’m planning to slip some more ornate hoops (big and beaded, in particular) over my pumps for different looks.


  • Paola / February 4, 2012

    What a tremendous DYI! Loved those shoes actually.


  • nathalia / February 4, 2012

    super like .. I shared on my facebook page! <3

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  • Jaz / February 4, 2012

    Looks good!

  • dragon fruit / February 4, 2012

    this is such an awesome idea! kudos!

  • Not So Secret Admirer / February 4, 2012

    What a brilliant mind and idea! I will definitely use this on my black pumps.

  • Natalie (Fashion Intel) / February 5, 2012

    Way to go on these DIY, the shoes look great!

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  • Ria / February 12, 2012

    So digging this. I may have to try it.

  • Olivia / February 13, 2012

    Awesome! I’m trying it. Would also help to keep your shoes from slipping too.

  • Teresa / February 13, 2012

    This is such a great idea, I’m seriously tempted to try it out!!

  • Brittany / February 13, 2012

    Wow! This is a great DIY! Love this!

  • Batfish / February 13, 2012

    Looks great! Super-easy DIY! Came here thanks to Gala Darling’s recommendation :-)

    I think you could also easily find similar metal studs or something for the tips of the toes at a craft store or leatherwork shop, or possibly a beading supply store. Then you could just super-glue them on.

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  • It's Carmen / February 18, 2012

    Wow. What an excellent idea & it’s so simple.

  • Patrick / February 22, 2012

    Kudos for great creativity! Great blog and I love the picture of you among all the books.

    I think you would like Mary Katrantzou.


  • Shambles / February 23, 2012

    Waouh i like that !

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  • Meka L / March 6, 2012

    Thanks Jazzi, I may have to try this…I shared it on twitter

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  • Stephanie L / March 14, 2012

    omg amazing! So simple and totally customizable. Great DIY Thank you!

    xo Stephanie
    honey & silk blog

  • unstoppable / March 26, 2012

    love this post. update please!

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  • Ana / March 27, 2012

    Absolutely amazing, if it wasn’t mentioned that these for DIY I would have never guessed! Will try this ASAP. Thank you for sharing.

  • Lou'Ana / July 24, 2012

    I love this shoes !!!!!

  • Marguerite Walters / July 24, 2012

    I am so obsessed with your blog! I check it every day and tell all of my friends to follow! It’s so great! xoxo

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    Wow! O O MG!
    Thank God 4 a tasteful blog by an beautiful (American American Woman). I’m lost 4 words. I ask myself where are our sisters. Why are we not doing this? Time will not allow me 2 say all I’m feeling right now. Thanks! Thank you! Thank you! Thanks you! It’s so great 2 see myself.


    Savvy Ms. Faye

  • Thanks for help!

  • Annabel Schofield / November 2, 2012

    Your style is suoer cool!