DIY Anthropologie Inspired Mock Espadrilles

      To me, nothing says summer like a cute pair of light, beachy espadrilles. And who doesn’t love a good Anthropologie knock-off? I’m combining both of these things today.

 Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores. However, I don’t own a single article of clothing from the store. Why, you ask? Well, when I walk into an Anthropologie store, drooling over the every single item in the store, I don’t even bother to look at the prices…I already know I can’t afford a thing in there (unless I see a clearance rack, where I’ll read the price tag, but still be sorely disappointed that even the clearance prices are too high). Doesn’t stop me from looking, though.

Espadrille sneakers and slip-ons are everywhere this year, and I’ve really been wanting a pair. Whilst perusing Anthropologie online, I fell in love with this pair.

Anthro Version

At $95 a pair, well, if you’ve read my blog at all, you know I don’t spend that kind of money on anything.

While walking through the aisles of Walmart, I found a plain white pair of slip-ons for…get this, $5.87!! Although they were slightly horrifyingly ugly as they were (sorry Walmart), all I could see was a blank canvas. The wheels in my head started turning. By the way, if you ever wonder why, like, 75% of the things I mention come from Walmart…well, with four kids, I don’t get out of the house much, so it’s usually kind of my only option. When I make a run for groceries, I slip over to look for inspiration in other departments. Two trips in one.

With just a few things I had on hand already, I turned an otherwise bland pair of shoes into, what I think is a cute little pair of slip-ons that I’m excited to wear. Here is the list of supplies for the job:

                -White flats (from Walmart or similar)

                -Sharpie marker

                -Twine (I got mine from Lowe’s for $3 several years ago, and I’ve used the same roll for at least a dozen projects)-

                -Hot glue gun


I’ll show you the steps first, and give you a few pointers below that I discovered through trial and error while making my own.

Step by Step Blank Background

First, you’ll want to color the trim with your marker (inside and out). Second, color your dots. The good thing about this dalmatian pattern is that there is no set pattern; they’re meant to look hand-drawn, so you can literally just scribble them on randomly. If you don’t particularly care for the dalmatian pattern, you can chose any pattern or color you like (to me it’s the mock espadrille that makes them, so the pattern doesn’t really make a difference). When you’re ready to start gluing and wrapping the twine, you’ll want make sure you start and stop at the same place (that was the back middle for me). Also, you’ll want to apply 3 or 4 inches of glue and twine at a time…the glue dries quickly. Once you’re done wrapping, go back through and make sure there are no loose spots, and especially make sure the ends are very secure so they don’t pop up while you’re wearing them. Once you’re done, let your shoes dry out for 24-48 hours so that the Sharpie design has plenty of time to dry. I made my pair in about 20 minutes each, including the trial and error process. So just like that, you have a cute, comfy new  pair of summery espadrilles that only take a few minutes, and most importantly, won’t break the bank.

Just Shoes

I’m also sharing this post in the Pretty Preppy Party Link Party:

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

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