Geek Crafts: DIY Comic Book Heels

Updated on December 31, 2014

I love comic books, DIY projects, and unique fashion, so when I stumbled across a great comic book shoe tutorial online, I had to try it for myself! I had a great time making these pumps and I've gotten tons of compliments and positive feedback wearing them. I'll detail my particular experience and methods in this Hub for anyone else who may want to make a pair.

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My finished comic book pumps!Silly socks are optional.
My finished comic book pumps!
My finished comic book pumps! | Source
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Silly socks are optional.
Silly socks are optional. | Source
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I've got my materials and I'm ready to go!
I've got my materials and I'm ready to go! | Source

Materials You'll Need to Make Your Own Comic Book Shoes:

Here's what you'll need to get started making your own comic book heels!

  • A cute pair of sassy pumps
  • A comic book
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • A small paint brush
  • Clear acrylic spray

Cut out pieces with cool pictures on them.
Cut out pieces with cool pictures on them. | Source
Paint the back of the comic book clippings with a thin coat of Mod Podge.
Paint the back of the comic book clippings with a thin coat of Mod Podge. | Source
Press each piece firmly onto the surface of the shoe.
Press each piece firmly onto the surface of the shoe. | Source
Stuff the shoes with tissue paper or newspaper to prevent the clear acrylic from getting on the inside.
Stuff the shoes with tissue paper or newspaper to prevent the clear acrylic from getting on the inside. | Source
Spray your shoes down with 2-4 coats of clear acrylic.
Spray your shoes down with 2-4 coats of clear acrylic. | Source

How to Create Your DIY Heels:

  1. Pick out a pair of killer pumps! Choose any style of shoe you like, but make sure you stick to plastic or leather. Glue doesn't stick to fabric easily and the comic book clippings won't lay perfectly flat on a woven surface.
  2. Decide on a comic book to use. I chose a crappy one that was 25ยข at the used book store because I didn't want to destroy a really good one, but don't feel bound by MY constraints! Try using one with your favorite superhero, one with lots of great action shots and KAPOWs, or just one with an art style you love.
  3. Get some crafting glue and clear acrylic spray. I used Mod Podge (about $6-9) and Aervoe Clear Acrylic (about $5-8), but get whatever brands you prefer. Clear acrylic comes in different finishes, so choose a glossy or flat finish according to how shiny you want your finished product to look.
  4. Once you've got your materials together, identify pictures from the comic book you want to use on your heels and clip them out. You can lay out the entire shoe design before you start gluing or clip and glue as you go (I did the latter).
  5. Use a small paint brush to brush a thin layer of craft glue on the back of each clipping. Don't use too much glue or the clipping may wrinkle when you set it in place, but be sure the entire back is covered evenly.
  6. Press the glue-covered clipping firmly in place on your shoe. Be sure the corners of the clipping aren't sticking up. Keep going until both shoes are fully covered in comic book clippings.
  7. Allow the glue to dry over night.
  8. Stuff your shoes with tissue paper or newspaper to prevent the clear acrylic from getting on the inside.
  9. Find a well-ventilated area to spray down your shoes with clear acrylic. I opened the garage door and sprayed mine in the garage. Make sure you wear a paint mask or other form of breathing protection to keep from inhaling any acrylic. Use 2-4 coats of acrylic spray, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next (see the instructions on your particular brand of spray for more detailed directions).
  10. Strut your stuff and show off those pumps, girl!



Final Considerations:

The clear acrylic spray should do a pretty good job of sealing and protecting the shoes, but it's best not to get them wet, just in case! Please consider leaving them in your closet on rainy days!

This project is great for other kinds of shoes as well. Consider making comic book flats, boots, etc, if you prefer other styles over high heels. Magazines and other printed materials work great too if you're not a comic book fan. Be creative!

Good luck making your heels!

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      • Christy Kirwan profile imageAUTHOR

        Christy Kirwan 

        4 years ago from San Francisco

        Nope! I just added the comic bits around the soles. No need to take the shoe apart.

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        Fiona 

        4 years ago from South Africa

        This also looks like a great idea for a pair of scuffed shoes I have - I take it you don't need to lift the sole of the shoe or anything?

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        Rae Saylor 

        4 years ago from Australia

        Sooooo this is how it's done! Been seeing a lot of these on Etsy :) Thanks for sharing, pal! Voted uuuuup!

      • Christy Kirwan profile imageAUTHOR

        Christy Kirwan 

        5 years ago from San Francisco

        Thanks for all the kind comments!

        @daisydayz, I'd be honored if you mentioned my Hub. Please feel free to do so. :D

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        Your Cousins 

        5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

        These heels are a kick! And you can wear them with so many colors. Voted UP!

      • Jenn-Anne profile image

        Jenn-Anne 

        5 years ago

        Wow! What a cool project and your shoes look amazing! My daughter would love to try this with anime. Great hub - voted up!

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        5 years ago from Cardiff

        These are amazing!! Well done. Would you mind me featuring them on my blog, just an image and a link to this hub for you? I have a pretty popular lifestyle blog and just think my regular readers would love this!

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        Very original and very cute. It reminds me of a project I read about not long ago that encrusted a pair of heels with diamonds. This idea is much more economical.

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        Crystal Tatum 

        5 years ago from Georgia

        Wow, this is fantastic! This is how I make coasters - never would have thought of doing it on shoes. Love it, so creative. Voting up, sharing, pinning.

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        CraftytotheCore 

        5 years ago

        These are fabulous! Great job!

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        5 years ago

        This is a really cool project and great to rejuvenate a pair of shoes. Shared around.

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        calculus-geometry 

        5 years ago

        That's pretty clever. Did the Mod Podge affect the flexibility of the shoe material or cause any warping? I use it to seal jigsaw puzzles, but if I apply more than two coats the puzzle curls a little. I guess shoe material holds up better than cardboard.

      • Christy Kirwan profile imageAUTHOR

        Christy Kirwan 

        5 years ago from San Francisco

        Cat pictures would be ADORABLE! Or even better: LOLcats!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 years ago from USA

        So cool I cannot believe it. I can see doing the same thing with CAT PICTURES. Now that's a crazy cat lady. Awesome idea.

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        Shelley Watson 

        5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        LOVE this idea!!! My teen girls love this kind of stuff and this would make a great one of a kind DIY gift. It looks so easy!! I can say from experience, however, be sure to wear the mask while spraying (as you have indicated)...my last DIY painting project gave me pneumonia from inhaling paint fumes and I'm still trying to recover (3 months later).

      • Christy Kirwan profile imageAUTHOR

        Christy Kirwan 

        5 years ago from San Francisco

        Thanks truthfornow, grand old lady, and sallybea! I really hope you guys try this project out!

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        5 years ago from Norfolk

        What a great idea and what a lot of fun too. Thanks for sharing, voted up.

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        Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

        5 years ago from Philippines

        Thank you for this hub. I'm a crafts lover, but not as talented as you are. I will have to try this myself:)

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        truthfornow 

        5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

        Cute. They look like a professional job. I love the idea of nerdcrafts.

      • Christy Kirwan profile imageAUTHOR

        Christy Kirwan 

        5 years ago from San Francisco

        Thanks, this project is super fun, I hope you enjoy it!

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        Catherine Taylor 

        5 years ago from Canada

        I love this! Can't wait to try this and share the idea with friends. Voted way up and sharing. And I love the term "Nerdcraft!"

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        Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 

        5 years ago from New Hampshire

        This is so creative and neat! I would love a handbag that is done up this way, too.

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        Simone Haruko Smith 

        6 years ago from San Francisco

        This is SO COOL! I love this craft project, and really want to have a go at it myself. Those pumps look so good!

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        RTalloni 

        6 years ago from the short journey

        Okay now, this is not fair. As if I don't have enough projects going you toss this superbulosly funtastic option out to us. :)

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