Posted by Liviu Vlaic on 10/19/2013
The supplies you'll need are:
It's best to apply about one inch of glue at a time. Any more and the glue will either dry before you can apply the crystals, and any less and you won't be able to spread the glue thin enough. Although it's usually best to start from the edge of the shoe and work towards the middle, it also depends on your preferred design. Use your paintbrush to spread out an inch of glue on your shoe. Pick up the crystals with your fingers, place them on the shoe, and then use the tweezers to make fine adjustments to each individual crystal.
Another option for strassing your shoes is to use hotfix crystals. These crystals have a layer of glue applied to the back that becomes sticky when exposed to heat and are used with a special hotfix tool that picks up each individual crystal, heats up the glue, and then it's used to attach the crystal to the shoe. Hotfix crystals come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so be sure to look around for a style that fits you.
It's your shoe and your design, so be creative! Try things like using one color of crystals for the majority of the shoe and then a contrasting color on just the heel, or try placing crystals just around the edges of the shoe for a nice subtle look.