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!

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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 Spikes 100 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.

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SamC1228 days ago

Kick me in the balls with these

SamC1228 days ago
wszulim5 months ago


just make sure not to kick anyone with these shoes
lmnopeas (author)  Andrew Garfield1 year ago
just make sure not to upset me! ; -)
Advar1 year ago
Hope nobody behind you stirs your ire...
3366carlos2 years ago
J-Five2 years ago
Very intresting, and to the point
OnTheRange3 years ago
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)  OnTheRange2 years ago
That's a great idea! Thanks!
Ammoking32 years ago
looks painful on your feet and anybody you kick
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)  mamahalligan3 years ago
Please share pics! Vegas Rocks! Have Fun!
yamayka3 years ago
WOW! Awesome shoes!!!
lmnopeas (author)  yamayka3 years ago
Luziviech3 years ago
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)  Luziviech3 years ago
It's definitely worth a try, thanks!
oh hell yes! this is amazingly badass :D fashion + power tools FTW!
lmnopeas (author)  RemarkableJane3 years ago
ittia3 years ago
Maybe try E6000. that stuff can glue anything forever!
bad azz.
lmnopeas (author)  Fuzzy-Wobble3 years ago
:) Yeah they are, thanks!
Love these! Planning on making my own thanks for the instructions
lmnopeas (author)  Ultra-Violet3 years ago
Awesome! Let me know how they turn out.
Lei_Kei3 years ago
Wow, I have a friend that would love these!
very hot and thanks for the info on the pumps
LucDaRocka13 years ago
they look very dangerous.... including the fact they are high heels....
Latona383 years ago
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
shortone3 years ago

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 :)
I love this I want to try this out Great Job!
WyldStyl33 years ago
Those are hot.
Carleyy3 years ago
I've seen so many heels with spikes I love! I'm definitely going to have to make this!
jrfrank3 years ago
Be careful driving your car with those on! LOL
selliot3 years ago
The wicked witch would give her right arm for those slippers.
Where did you get the original shoes? They're gorgeous to start with - with the spikes they're beyond brilliant.
lmnopeas (author)  The Dalai Farmer3 years ago

They have a great selection of shoes, clothes & accessories which are very reasonably priced.
Rachybell3 years ago
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)  Rachybell3 years ago
LOL! Please post a pic when you finish. :)
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.
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!!!
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