Introduction: D.I.Y. Sexy Spikey Pumps (High Heels)

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Have your ever coveted a pair of Sam Edelman Lorissa pumps? If you're anything like me, you've got three or four on your wish list but can't justify the $200-$300 price tag? Now you can make these awesome Spikey Pumps, for less than  a fraction of the cost and you can use what ever shoe and spikes you want.

The spikes I used to create this look are called  Screw Back Spikes and come in various sizes, colors & shapes. There are many internet sources to purchase them and I have provided links in the first step. I definitely recommend shopping around for different price points. Ebay seems to have some of the cheapest screwbacks, but they typically ship from Hong Kong, which can take a couple weeks to arrive.

If you've never used a power drill before, it's really no big deal. I recommended using an old shoe for practice first, before you start drilling holes in the heels you will use for this project.

I was able to create these shoes for less than $40 total, including shipping costs. (I already had the shoes).

Have fun!

Step 1: Tools & Equipment

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Tools & Equipment :

Power Drill

Drill Bit- size depends on the screws you use

1'' Thin Tree Spike  (2 bags)

1'' Cone Spike (2 bags)

3/8 '' Black Metal Punk Spikes100 pk.


Pair of heels

Step 2: Drill Holes in the Back of the Heels

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Using a power drill, drill a small hole into the back of the heel where you want to place a spike. I ended up drilling five holes in the back of  my heels, which I found to be the hardest part, because the back of the shoe has the hardest material.

After you have drilled the holes, take the head of the screw and punch it through the inside of the heel, so that it sticks out the backside. Next, take your desired spike and screw it on until it is tight.

Once you have finished screwing in all of your spikes, take a screwdriver and screw the screws tightly on unit they are flush with the shoe.

Step 3: Drill Holes Into the Side of the Heel

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Using a pencil or sharpie, lightly mark where you want to drill the holes. Next, use your power drill to drill into the shoe where you have placed the marks.

Punch the head of the screw through the inside of the heel, into the back of the heel. Screw in the spikes.

After the spikes are screwed in, use a screwdriver to tighten the screws so that they are flush with the shoe. (I used a mini screwdriver). This way you won't feel the head of the screws when you walk in the heels.

Step 4: Glue Heads Onto Back

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I used two different kinds of glue to see which one was sturdier and I think the Super Glue Gel worked best. The other glue I used was a super glue brush on, by Locktite.

Take a screw and place a dab of the super glue gel onto the head of the screw.  Place the head onto the back of the heel in desired place and press and hold for 15-30 seconds or until secure. Repeat process until all of your screws are in place. Let the screws dry for 30 minutes. After 30 min, screw your spikes onto the back of the shoe.

I found that most of the screws went on with no problem, but I had to glue some of them on multiple times. If anybody knows of an industrial strength  glue that is stronger then the gel, please let me know. I thought of using an EPOXY, but it would dry an amber color and might stain the shoe.

Also, I recommend keeping a bottle of acetone on hand. Working with such tiny screw and the super glue, you are bound to get some on your hands. It comes right off with just a little bit of acetone.

So far, none of the spikes have fallen off. I will post updates each time I wear them.

Step 5: Make Your Girlfriends Jealous

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Time to sport your Spikes! The finished product came out amazing! I couldn't be happier.


yaminichandra (author)2016-10-01

Which glue did you use?

AshleyD29 (author)2015-10-23

hey!!! soo do you sell these? if so i would love to purchase a pair!!! email me at!

SamC12 (author)2015-07-01

Kick me in the balls with these

SamC12 (author)2015-07-01

wszulim (author)2015-02-23


Andrew Garfield (author)2014-01-12

just make sure not to kick anyone with these shoes

lmnopeas (author)Andrew Garfield2014-02-02

just make sure not to upset me! ; -)

Advar (author)2013-11-16

Hope nobody behind you stirs your ire...

3366carlos (author)2013-03-14


J-Five (author)2013-02-21

Very intresting, and to the point

OnTheRange (author)2012-07-27

About the screw problem. ... You can take out the stitches of the original shoe liner (where you will be drilling) before putting in the hardwear. Then put in some extra padding and sew it back up. And when the padding begins to wear thin you just replace it.

lmnopeas (author)OnTheRange2012-08-13

That's a great idea! Thanks!

Ammoking3 (author)2012-08-05

looks painful on your feet and anybody you kick

mamahalligan (author)2012-07-01

Awesome! I am making these this week for my trip to Vegas this Sunday..Will share pix. These are some badass heels and will let you know how it works out!

lmnopeas (author)mamahalligan2012-07-01

Please share pics! Vegas Rocks! Have Fun!

yamayka (author)2012-06-03

WOW! Awesome shoes!!!

lmnopeas (author)yamayka2012-07-01


Luziviech (author)2012-04-19

not my color, but really looks amazing.
Wouldn't it make things more stable, if you drill into the heel and insert tiny bits of threaded bar instead of glueing screws?

lmnopeas (author)Luziviech2012-04-20

It's definitely worth a try, thanks!

RemarkableJane (author)2012-03-22

oh hell yes! this is amazingly badass :D fashion + power tools FTW!

lmnopeas (author)RemarkableJane2012-03-24


ittia (author)2012-03-16

Maybe try E6000. that stuff can glue anything forever!

Fuzzy-Wobble (author)2012-02-08

bad azz.

lmnopeas (author)Fuzzy-Wobble2012-02-12

:) Yeah they are, thanks!

Ultra-Violet (author)2012-02-12

Love these! Planning on making my own thanks for the instructions

lmnopeas (author)Ultra-Violet2012-02-12

Awesome! Let me know how they turn out.

Lei_Kei (author)2012-01-07

Wow, I have a friend that would love these!

binaspencer7 (author)2011-12-26

very hot and thanks for the info on the pumps

LucDaRocka1 (author)2011-12-24

they look very dangerous.... including the fact they are high heels....

Latona38 (author)2011-12-24

This idea is so awesome! I've been looking for spiked heels on Ebay and they cost a fortune. I'm gonna try this out :) Thanks

shortone (author)2011-12-09

Just thought I'd let you know I included you in my guide! I'm not sure if the pictures are showing up properly because my internet is a little weird, but hopefully I'll figure it out tomorrow :)

ATatteredCanvas (author)2011-12-08

I love this I want to try this out Great Job!

WyldStyl3 (author)2011-12-01

Those are hot.

Carleyy (author)2011-11-28

I've seen so many heels with spikes I love! I'm definitely going to have to make this!

jrfrank (author)2011-11-27

Be careful driving your car with those on! LOL

selliot (author)2011-11-26

The wicked witch would give her right arm for those slippers.

The Dalai Farmer (author)2011-11-26

Where did you get the original shoes? They're gorgeous to start with - with the spikes they're beyond brilliant.

They have a great selection of shoes, clothes & accessories which are very reasonably priced.

Rachybell (author)2011-11-25

These are brilliant! I just ordered myself a whole bunch of spikes and gonna get on it asap!

I look forward to people not shoving into me at the bar any more haha :D

lmnopeas (author)Rachybell2011-11-26

LOL! Please post a pic when you finish. :)

watergirl888 (author)2011-11-26

you can easily cut a piece of vinyl or thin leather( you could even use a lightweight velveteen or corduroy too) to fit on the inner side where the spikes attach and just glue it down with basic white glue used for fabric or leather. Make a simple paper pattern to fit , then cut your pieces and voila, no more feeling the back side of the spikes. No rubbing or blisters.

CookieMonstah123 (author)2011-11-24

Can u please upload a picture of u wearing them wit a outfit because thay are cute but i dont know how to wear them!!!

I uploaded a pic. You could also make it more casual with a denim mini skirt and a solid colored tank. You don't want to accessorize with bracelets or necklaces because the spikes on the shoes are more than enough. A simple ring would be perfect. Bonus points if it's a spikey one!

you´re right, awsome shoes, reminds me of a lobster, but a i can´t imagine a dress that fit but a lobster costume. maybe some custom made dress with the same decoration.

tkjtkj (author)CookieMonstah1232011-11-24

hahaha .. are you sure you don't just what to see the rest of her .. a person who is cool-enough actually to wear such shoes??

Really, we all do share your curiosity!

tkjtkj (author)2011-11-24

Amazing idea! you're a true 'Shoe Gur-oe' .. haha..
I know my ex gf would have loved these ..
AND those 'How to defend yourself in a parking garage instructor guys' might want to add your weapons...errrrr.... shoes! to their recommended arsenal of defensive devices!!
Nice job! you took a simple idea and ran with it, and THEN you shared it! bravo!
(Btw, the person who suggested your drilling technique was 'risky': i dont agree .. You did fine! You clearly are in command of your tools ;)
'Sugru', i believe, is the wrong material to protect feet from the screw-heads: better to have shoes SLIGHTLY larger (perhaps) and to hotglue a smooth fabric-like material to entirely cover the inside heel surface! .. INMHO , which, of course , is perfect ;)

lmnopeas (author)tkjtkj2011-11-25

Thanks! Actually, you can hardly feel the screws at the back of the heel at all. I am still trying to figure out the right solution to cover up the left and right sides. After walking around for a while, you can definitely feel there preference. I wouldn't describe it as painful, but noticeable.

kristylynn84 (author)2011-11-20

those are beautiful! :D but do you cover up the screw heads on the inside of the shoe, so you don't hurt your feet?

lmnopeas (author)kristylynn842011-11-21

I haven't covered them yet, but I am going to apply a thin layer of Sugru over the screws. It isn't to uncomfortable with them exposed, but I don't know how long you'd last on the dance floor.

EmKay73 (author)lmnopeas2011-11-24

I'd use a double layer of moleskin to cover the screws... you never know when you might need to replace a spike. You can get moleskin at CVS from good ole Dr. Scholl.

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