DIY rope heels: Geneva Vanderzeil shows you how to make your own knotted rope heels.
DIY rope heels
Summer is the perfect time to bring out your nautical-inspired ensembles, and what could be better than a pair of knotted rope high heel embellishments – which can be worn across a multitude of shoe styles and are perfect for hitting the high seas (sartorially that is!). These are so simple to make, just follow these instructions.
You will need:
A pair of simple heels in a plain colour, preferably with an ankle strap. (I used a natural-coloured strappy heel by Tony Bianco.)
Natural-coloured cotton rope
Thread that matches the rope
Two lobster clasps and four large jump rings.
1. Start by cutting the rope into two pieces measuring around 70cm each (or a little more depending on your ankle size). Tape the ends so that they don’t fray.
2. Take a piece of rope and put glue on the end, and then press the ends together.
3. Repeat for the other piece of rope and then wait for them both to dry.
4. Using the thread, wrap around the tape so you can’t see the join. Secure with some glue.
5. This is what it should look like.
6. Tie the doubled-over rope into a knot.
7. In one end, attach a jump ring.
8. In the other end attach a jump ring and lobster clasp.
9. Repeat for the other piece of rope and you should have two knotted rope anklets that can be clipped around your heels to up the summery nautical factor.
Et voila – so simple! Perfect worn with a flared skirt and simple slouchy singlet.