A burlesque costume wouldn’t be complete without its accessories and for most women the shoes are number one. So if you’re looking to update your wardrobe why not add a little sparkle. Here’s our top how-tos on jazzing-up your shoes.
Burlesque High Heels
There’s lots of different ways to upcycle your wardrobe, to cut down on waste, cost and give your doldrums a second life. We’re going to focus on the the more pretty aspect of making tired high heels sparkle.
To begin with just the heel of your shoe. For this you can turn to one-man haberdashery expert, Gok Wan, either using his step by step method using ready-made glitter cardboard or by watching the how-to video.
Alternatively you can check out this video that uses the kind of loose glitter we all have stowed away in some drawer or another:
(Image from Restyle Restore Rejoice)
Lust after the red soles of Christian Louboutin high heels? You can also focus on different areas of the shoe. If you’re more of a stiletto fan you can make your own glitter high heels or adorn your platform with rhinestones.
(Image from Ebay)
If you’re pressed for time but want to improve your shoes, you can simply add a ready-made bow clip like on the back of these vintage cream high heels or make your own Christian Louboutin inspired bows for the front of a peep-toe.
Glitter High Heels
Though, you may also be feeling more adventurous and choose to go for the full glitter pump with your comfortable high heels and this video will show you how to take that leap:
Now you’ve got the footwear you need to learn how to walk that walk and nothing says burlesque high heels more than the woman in them. To show you how to put the glitz and glamour into your hips and swagger, here’s a video from our very own Goodtime Mama Jojo, creator of the London Academy of Burlesque.
Burlexe is a sensational London burlesque show inspired by the women who created the genre and perform the art. It fuses burlesque performance with storytelling, dancing with acting.
We’re interested in how to burlesque high heels because we like to think burlesque has had at least a little influence on glitzy upcycling.
(Main image from Channel 4)