Monday, May 6, 2013

DIY 50's style Oxford Saddle Shoes!

In case you were wondering, my absolute favorite decade is the 1950's and this summer, my favorite summer camp (Camp Siloam) and my favorite decade are combining! This summer's camp theme is the 50's, so in honor of Camp Siloam... here is a very easy DIY project to make 50's shoes!

To start, you'll need some cheap white lace-up shoes (I found mine at Walmart for less than $5.50) and some permanent markers (fine point and ultra fine point).

Begin drawing the outline of the design with the ultra fine point permanent marker.

The design is the same on the other side.

Here's the back side.

Now that the outline is done, you can start filling in the black with the fine point permanent marker.

Almost done!

And there you go!

Here's what they should look like from the front. Great job!

P.S. Here's another version of the shoes. Be the hostess with the mostest and give 'em a try!


  1. That's really cool!! I'll have to try that sometime! Thanks for posting! :)

  2. Those are soooo cute! Great idea!

  3. Ha these!! I Googled DIY 50's Saddle Oxfords and bam, it led me here!! I just completed a pair for my 5th Grade daughter who is "Dancin' Thru the Decades", this week at school.

    I am now following!! Great work!

  4. do they bleed or need to be waterproofed?

    1. Hi Bekah!
      Great question! They won't bleed if you use permanent markers and spray them afterwards with a matte acrylic sealant spray. I made this pair last summer and wore them almost every day. They worked great and didn't bleed...even though, one time I stepped in a puddle with them on. So, give it a try and let me know how they turn out!


  5. they came out super cute, and as an extra girly touch I used pink ribbon laces

    1. Ooo! I love that idea! Well, done, Bekah! I'd love to see your shoes! Could you send me a picture of your finished shoes to I'd love to post it on my facebook page so my followers can admire your handiwork! :D

  6. Im going to make those shoes for my 80s costume

  7. You made spectators, not saddle shoes.