DIY | Red Bottom Heels (Christian Louboutin Inspired)

Ever saw a pair of Louboutins and just kind of keeled over when you saw the price? Just me? Oh. There’s gotta be someone out there…

Anyway, I absolutely love the look of the red bottomed heels and I’ve actually tried replicating it a few years ago (and failed, drastically) so I began troubleshooting, what in the world did I do wrong? Well, I figured it out.

  1. Spray paint
  2. I suck at spray painting
  3. Spray paint again.

So, troubleshooting is done, how do you do it? Well, it’s simple.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pair of high heels similar to a pair of Louboutins
  • Red sole paint (I bought some dance shoe sole paint, but you can also get ‘Walk In Red’ by  Angelus)
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint finisher (I skipped this, though I do recommend it for the Louboutin finish)
  • A clear sole protector (I skipped this but I do recommend it to avoid touching up often) or a clean sole grip
  • Nail file


Step one – Preparing the shoe

With a nail file, rough up the sole of the shoe and remove all lumps and bumps. This will give you a smooth surface to work with (don’t worry about the grip, we’re getting to that!).

Step two – The painting

As you can imagine, it’s really simple. Start on the sole of the shoe, making sure the area is covered fully and then blend up to where you’re painting next to avoid any kind of streaking,. When it comes to the thinner parts make sure to use smaller strokes and to be as careful as possible! If you don’t have a completely opaque coverage just yet!


Step three – Let it dry

Now, this is the most difficult part of the whole project, finding a way to let the heels dry without getting it everywhere!
Using something which can be stood up and kind of like a pole structure is the best idea. You can get a broom, mop, probably even a kitchen towel holder and hook the inside of the shoe on top! You could also put them on their sides, however, I’m not too sure how that will go (just in case the paint spreads). Leave for as long as needed or as directed for it to dry!

Step four – Second layer

Continuing the same as step two, just keep on painting, making sure that you don’t get the paint on the leather!


Step five – Finisher

Although I skipped this step, it’s definitely something I recommend doing but feel free to skip this part if you wish.

Just like the normal painting, apply thin amounts of the finisher to the shoe, making sure there are no large amounts of it clogging up or that there are no air bubbles, once again let it dry how you did with the painting and voila! You’ve got a pair of Louboutin inspired heels!

The optional bits

Sole Protectors and Grips

Now, with the paint and finisher means you may find these shoes might be slippery, especially if you’re clumsy like me! If you’d like, apply a grip to the shoe which will give you the ability to not fall on your butt when you’re strutting your stuff!

Another option is a sole protector, these are quite recommended for people with authentic Louboutins as the ‘repairs’ of the shoe can be pretty pricey, so a sole protector is something that can definitely save you from touch-ups in the future (although I’m not sure how slippery those protectors could be!).


I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried this out before? Have you got a pair of authentic Louboutins? Let me know down below!


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