One way to make a boring sneaker CHIC is to add studs to it. But the idea of hand piercing hundreds of holes through thick canvas is daunting. Enter E6000, the crème de la crème of adhesives and secret weapon for quickly and effectively attaching metal to fabric. So after the recent release of Vans‘ brushed twill pastel Authentics, we thought it was the perfect summer shoe to adorn. So grab some glue and let’s get studding!
- a pair of sneakers
- 150 – 200 brass cone spikes
- E6000 adhesive
- a disposable container or popsicle stick
Start by squeezing a small amount of E6000 into a disposable container or onto a wooden popsicle stick. Dispensing a small amount at a time prevents the glue from drying too quickly. Using the tip of a toothpick, apply a small dollop of glue onto the back of a spike. (Click images to enlarge)
Press the spike into the sneaker, holding it in place for a few seconds.
Continue adding spikes along the shoe’s baseline and working upwards in horizontal lines.
Arrange the spikes, without glue, into awkward spaces before attaching them.
Glue spikes onto the heel cap, again working horizontally.
Allow the shoes to dry overnight before wearing them!
(Vans Authentic California Brushed Twill Sneakers $65; all images by HonestlyWTF)