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This is the first article in a two-part series.

Last time, we wrote about finding the perfect shoe. Now it’s time to add some sparkle! Rhinestoning (or crystallizing) your shoes is a great way to give them that extra dazzle to catch the eye. It’s great for competitions or just as an accessory to your dance outfit.


It’s important to remember that the rhinestones on your shoes should be eye-catching, but not distracting. The point is to invite people to notice your feet, without drawing attention from the whole picture. Do this by choosing light colors. Light colors will blend into your shoes and create a seamless look of sparkles and flash.

You can choose rhinestones that match the color of your dress. For example, if you are wearing a pink dress, wear a Light Rose or Light Amethyst color. For blue dresses, wear an Aquamarine color.

If you’re not sure of your dress color or want something more versatile, choose clear colors like Silk or White Opal. These rhinestones will dazzle and sparkle with any outfit.

A great way to make sure you get the right color of rhinestone is to order the Swarovski Crystal Color Chart. The chart comes with real crystals, so you know exactly what your rhinestones will look like before you order them.


There are countless ways to rhinestone your shoes and there is no “right” way to do it. But we’ve got some tips and suggestions to help you create the best design for you.

Think about what part of the foot you want to highlight. Usually, the heel is a good place to start. You can use the picture to the right as a starting point. Try varying the density of the rhinestones. For example making the rhinestones very close together at the bottom of the heel and fanning out as you get closer to the back of the shoe. This is a nice way to keep the eye moving. You could also densely rhinestone the entire heel (as shown to the left), but leave the back of the shoe without any crystals. This makes a bold statement and is sure to grab attention from across the room. Another idea is to make three lines of rhinestones on each side of the heel that extend all the way up the heel and then branch out once they reach the back part of the shoe.

Another great place to rhinestone your shoe is on the front where material comes across the top of your foot (as shown here). If your shoes have straps, you can crystallize the straps going across your feet. Alternatively, you can also rhinestone the point at which the straps meet. I would not suggest crystallizing the straps that buckle your shoes in or ones that go around your ankle. These straps get used often and you run the risk of the crystals falling off each time you use the straps.

What’s your favorite color of crystal to rhinestone your shoes?

Part two of this article will cover how to rhinestone your shoes.