diy: anthro owl sandals on the cheap

i fell in love with these wise walker sandals from anthropologie the moment i saw them.

source: anthropologie

i did not, however, fall in love with the price tag. $148! this seemed a little much for something that i likely won’t wear beyond this season, so i decided to make my own version. i found some similar gold sandals at dsw for $35 (with my birthday coupon) and two owl necklaces on ebay for $3 a piece. i got my anthro-style sandals for a fraction of the price and it was as easy as 1, 2, 3!

UPDATE: i used regular thread to attach the owls- i just wrapped it through the hinges of the owls and around the top of the shoe (no actual sewing required!). turns out that the regular thread is too thin, so it started breaking as soon as i walked. i’m going to redo them with something thicker, like embroidery thread.


35 Comments on “diy: anthro owl sandals on the cheap”

  1. Joan Schultz says:


  2. natty nook says:

    wow… this is great! very clever, nice job:)

  3. Anonymous says:

    wow, that’s really really cool!

  4. Becca says:

    Totally cute. I’m thinking about trying it with flip flops.

    • ryanpamela says:

      That’d be adorable. I hope you make them! Thanks for the comment :)

      • Luzia says:

        I’ll say it again, Jim cracks me up. And I can idifnety with him, and your daughter, too.I’ll never forget how you coached me into writing poems, even though it took a long time to write one. I think part of it is being intimidated like singing a solo in church (which I would never do because I’M INTIMIDATED!)I have wondered, as I’ve cranked out alot of silly rhymes, if poetry is as individual as we are. I know you really share your heart in your work, and maybe that’s why I feel like I know you. I would like to have the courage to eventually move in a more transparent direction, but I know these things take time. I love that you got me started I’ll always remember that, and thanks! Hugs : )

  5. barbara says:

    Adorable. What a good job you did. I love those owlies.

  6. knitandcurl says:

    Awesome! I think I saw a similar pair of gold sandals at Target…though silver would look great as well.
    Thanks for sharing your idea!

  7. Anonymous says:

    These are FAB!! A definite must try…am thinking even butterflies would be cute…so many possibilities! Thank you for sharing! ~H♥~

    P.S. I’m thinking Nymo beading thread would hold up very well!

  8. Annette McKee says:

    I love owls and this is such a great idea, have you thought about using a light weight fishing line? Just a thought. Love them…… AC McKee

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think your owl shoes are actually cuter!! :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    30 lb. test fishing line I bet would do the trick instead of thread! (I have to find benefits from my husband’s love of the outdoors too, right?)

  11. Michelle says:

    Love them

  12. Leslie says:

    Can I just say. “I LOVE THESE!?!?!” and I might add that I LOVE your version far more than the real deal!!!!

  13. Kim says:

    Nicely done! I am with the other comments that prefer yours! LOVE them!

  14. Anonymous says:

    so cute! I am totally doing this! I actually like yours way better than the anthropology ones :) thanks for sharing!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Much cuter than the originals! Great Job!!!

  16. Tiff says:

    I think that your diy version is cuter than the Anthro version. Good Job!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Yours are way cuter! Much less chunky and seem to fit better.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I love your version waaayyy more than the original!

  19. Amy Sykes says:

    Yours are way better then the real ones. Awesome job!

  20. Anonymous says:

    floss works and wears great too!

  21. Stephy says:

    I was searching for owl shoes online and stumbled across these! I think they are wayyyy cuter than the anthro ones. I just bought 2 similar owl charms online and am gonna go sandal shopping as soon as they arrive! Thank you for the awesome idea!!!! So clever! :)

  22. Anonymous says:

    great idea! i found them for 99cents with free shipping on ebay. total steal!

  23. anon. says: has cheap owls too – I paid $8 for 10 necklaces earlier in the year. I am in no way affiliated with that website but I will never shop for jewelry at the shops again!

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  25. Holly says:

    I like the ones you made so much better! They look cuter and like better quality that the $148.00 pair! Awesome!

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