DIY Aquazzura-inspired Pom Pom Sandals.

DIY Aquazzura Inspired Pom Pom Sandals

I can’t be the only one who is/was completely and utterly obsessed with Aquazzura’s Pom Pom Sandals, right? I also can’t be the only one who balked at the $795 price tag and thought… “I could probably just make something similar.” This tutorial is crazy easy. I ended up going with a softer color palette (pinks + blush tones) but you could just as easily use primary colors like the original.

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I chose to embellish Steve Madden’s Irenee Sandal as it’s structurally very similar to the Aquazzura sandals… and has a nice comfy block heel.

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You’ll Need…

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Apply a thin ribbon of glue to the top of your sandal.

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Slowly, carefully add the trim. Be sure to go slowly to keep the pom poms out of the glue… and ensure the trim is applied nice and straight!

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Repeat with a second row of trim…

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I chose to embellish the ankle strap. This took a bit more work (my fingers were covered in glue by the end) but I think it adds a nice touch. You just have to be really careful and ensure that you don’t cover up any of the holes… and that you keep the trim nice and straight.

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And you’re done! Allow to dry and then wear your creation proudly.

Top photo by Lydia Hudgens.

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  1. Becca:


    4.27.16 Reply
  2. Sarah:

    So cute! I actually think I like yours better than the originals. This would also be a fun/ easy DIY with rhinestones too 🙂

    4.27.16 Reply
  3. alyson:

    So cute, Grace, and agree with the other reader — I like yours better!!

    4.27.16 Reply
  4. Roxanne:

    Wow! Amazing!

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  5. Regine Karpel:
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  6. kim:

    these are amazing!! fantastic tutorial.

    4.27.16 Reply
  7. terri martin:

    This is so helpful – I need to plan a trip!

    4.27.16 Reply
    • terri martin:

      Oops! I commented on the wrong post. Love these sandals, but your trip looked epic! #fail

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  8. heather:

    These are amazing!!! Great tutorial.

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  9. lily:

    LOVE THIS! So creative!!! I like yours better, too!

    4.27.16 Reply
  10. Trina:

    How fun! Can’t wait to breathe new life into an old pair of sandals! Thanks for the inspiration!

    4.27.16 Reply
  11. Rachel:

    Those are so cute! And a much better price point 🙂 Thinking about trying it with different shades of blue.

    4.28.16 Reply
  12. M:
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  13. Chloe:

    Super creative idea, and looks so great!

    4.30.16 Reply
  14. Julie Lauren:

    SUCH a good idea. These are so fun and PERFECT for the summer. I’m not so crafty, but I might attempt these! xo Julie

    5.3.16 Reply
  15. Jordan Troublefield:

    Really need to make these !

    5.13.16 Reply
  16. Karen:

    Fabulous idea! I’ve beaded shoes, but the pom-pom idea is so creative! Cheers to you!

    5.13.16 Reply
  17. Mila:

    So cute! I’m thinking of making something similar. I was wondering which color are those Irenee sandals -tan suede or tan nubuck?

    6.29.16 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      The tan suede! 🙂

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  18. Pam:

    Oh my, these are gorgeous! Need to try this asap! <3


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    • graceatwood:

      So happy you like the tutorial- hope you give it a try! xx

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  19. Zen:

    These shoes are way too cute! And nice legs! 🙂

    1.16.17 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      thanks, Zen!

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