How-To Create Spiked Ballerina Flats Inexpensively

Posted October 8, 2012 by Amber in Fashion
Final Studded Leopard Flats

One of my favorite trends this Fall is spikes and studs embellishing everything from denim, to handbags and shoes.  The theme that once gave a bad girl/bad boy vibe, has now crossed over into Chic territory giving this look a certain level of sophistication.   When Christian Louboutin created his famous Pigalle spiked ballerina flats, spikes and studs became couture!

Today I am going to show you an easy and fairly inexpensive way to create your own pair of spiked flats!  I have also included the information on where I purchase my spikes and studs from in the captions below for reference.

Here is what you will Need

Pair of Flats
(Mossimo from Target $14.99)


Cone Spikes w/Screws
5/8″ (Size 16)


Dart Awl Tool


White Pencil


Step One

Take your white pencil and place dots on the shoe where you would like your studs to be. The great thing about using an eyeliner pencil for placement planning is that if you change your mind you can rub the mark right off.   It took me a while to figure out spacing and exactly where I wanted my studs to go. You definitely want to take your time on this step because once you start punching holes you can’t turn back.



Step Two

Once your dots are marked, grab your Dart Awl tool and carefully punch a hole through your dot marks. This tool is very sharp and I would not recommend using this if you are under the age of 18 without an adult to help.  Depending on the type of material that you are working with this can be a little tricky.  The shoes that I am using have a fairly thin top layer, however the each stud hole has to be worked and stretched a bit so that the screw can fit through to attach the spike.  This will take the majority of your time, and a little bit of elbow grease. I prefer to make one hole at a time and affix the stud in case I need to adjust the placement of any of my other studs that have not been affixed yet.


Step Three

Once you feel the hole you made is large enough, take the screw and push it down through the top of the shoe in the hole you just made.  Then take the screw out, and from the inside of the shoe push the screw up through the hole so that the screw end is sticking up out of the top of the shoe.  Take your spike and screw it on top of the screw end tightly.  You will repeat this step until all of your spikes are placed where you would like them.  If you are working with a narrow shoe keep in mind that it may be a challenge to get your hands maneuvered inside the toe area to push the screws through. I ran into this, but it just took a few minutes longer of finagling to get it worked out.


and Violia…You have a pair of couture spiked flats for under $25.00!


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  1. avatar
    Katy M

    I adore this! I love where you put the spikes and need to try this myself. I just received my silver studs in the mail and need some gold ones ASAP!


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