Introduction: Dinosaur Heels

Talk about walking with dinosaurs! Kick it really (really) old school with a pair of Dinosaur Heels that look just as good touring Jurassic Park as they do strolling down Park Avenue. These prehistoric pump upgrades are fully functional, the standard heel has been replaced with a steel bolt welded to the sole shank, with hollow dinosaur toys to cover up the hardware. It looks like these tiny terrors are holding you up, or maybe chasing you down as you are running away trying to escape Isla Nubla.

After the internet went crazy a month ago for these dinosaur shoes I knew I wanted to recreate them. If you read about those shoes while they were trending then you probably know that these shoes were reposted allovertheplace. Every article had the same grainy picture and everyone was asking the same two questions: "where can I get some?" and "how were they made?".
I'm here to tell you that you can make them yourself, and I'm going to show you how.


Here's the basics on what you need:
tools:
  • welder
  • rotary tool
  • drill
  • pliers / knife / screwdrivers
materials:
  • ladies heels
  • spray paint
  • plastic dinosaurs
  • steel bolts

Ready to make your own? Let's get started!

Step 1: Materials + Concept

The idea is to replace the standard fluted heel with a slender support post, then hide that post with a hollow plastic dinosaur. This will give the illusion that the dinosaur is holding up the shoe. To keep this project accessible I used very basic components.
  • faux crocodile skin ladies heels - thrift store - $7.00
  • plastic dinosaurs - Dollar Store - $2.00
  • 1/4" bolts - hardware store - $5.00
  • spring doorstops - hardware store - $1.50
With many of the additional pieces either on hand or found, I spent under $20 to make my dinosaur heels.

Dinosaurs: You will need to find dinosaurs that are roughly the same size as the heels you want to replace. My local Dollar Store had an entire bin of appropriately sized dinosaurs for me to choose from. Dilophosaurus worked best for me.
Shoes: I chose a crocodile skin texture for my shoes, as it looked the most dinosaur-esque and matched my dinosaurs
Bolts: Any 1/4" bolt will work. I chose these u-bolts to experiment with, but ended up not using the u-bend like I had thought and just cut them straight.
End Caps: I needed to protect the end of the heel spikes from damaging any floor surfaces when walking. I tried to reuse the old heel caps but they just didn't work with my new design. I found that the plastic caps found on spring soorstops fit perfectly and are made from a thick, tough plastic. Perfect for this application. And, if they ever get worn out, they are easy to replace.

Step 2: Heel Removal

I'm sure all ladies shoes are manufactured in a similar fashion. Your shoes may be slightly different in construction and may require a different method than the ones shown here for modification.

I started by removing the small plastic heel cap with pliers, then bisected the decorative leather sole at the heel and removed the sole portion that was glued to the heel. Tsaking care not to damage the faux crocodile skin on the heel, the skin was peeled back and removed. Set aside this scrap of crocdile skin for later as we'll be using it in Step 6 to cover the underside of the shoe where the old heel used to be.

The heel of these shoes were held on with a large industrial cleat that mechanically fastened the heel to the sole and adhesive. The cleat was attached from the top of the shoe under the insole through the sole and embedded deep in the plastic heel. It was no small undertaking removing this cleat. I worked for about 20 minutes getting these heels off. 

Once removed the old plastic heels can be discarded.

Step 3: Welding Prep

After the cleat and heel are removed it's time to prepare the shoe for welding.

This shoe has a steel shank under the insole for support, my shoe had the shank riveted to the insole, so the entire insole was removed from the shoe. The underside of the shank was abraded at the heel with a rotary tool, this will clear away any debris and prepare the surface for accepting a weld. 

The heel cleat opening left a jagged edge which needed to be fixed. I easily cut away excess shoe around the cleat opening and then reinserted the shank-insole back into the shoe to approximated where I was going to weld my new steel heel spike, the new heel location was marked on the steel shank with indelible marker. 

Step 4: Heel Welding

Welding:
The original heel for this shoe had a wide flange at the heel which helped support the width and weight of the heel and foot. This new design calls for a slender, uniform heel spike and will require a platform to support the wearer's weight in lieu of a wide flange like the original. 

A small heel platform was made from scrap 1/8" sheet steel. I used an angle grinder to cut out rough rectangles, then rounded the corners until I had a platform that fit inside the insole. The platform was then welded to the steel shank.

The 1/4" stainless steel bolts were then lined up and tacked in place to ensure position was correct. While the bold is tack welded on is a good time to make any minor adjustments to the angle of the bolt. It helped to put the insole and shank back in the shoe with the tack weld to ensure the heels are perpendicular to the ground. When alignment is ensured, weld the bolts in place for both shoes.

Cut heel spike to length:
After welding the insole and shank was put back into the shoe with the dinosaur placed along side. The heel spike was then cut to be about 1/4" longer than the height of where the dinosaur back will meet the shoe.

Step 5: Dinosaur Placement

After welding it's time to decide our dinosaur placement. I lined up my dinosaur under the heel of my shoe with the underside of the heel resting on the back hump. Looking down from the top of the shoe into the opening, I marked on the dinosaur where the sole and dinosaur met. Then, using a 1/4" bit, drilled a 1/4" opening through the dinosaur. 

Getting the angle and exit point correct on the dinosaur was difficult. I picked up an extra dinosaur that I made several openings through until I got the angle I was looking for, then transferred those locations onto the other dinosaurs.

Step 6: Cover Rough Edges + Glue Insole

Remember the heel covering I asked you to set aside in Step 2? We're going to use them here.

Even with a dinosaur covering up most of where the old heel used to be the location still has ugly edges that need to be addressed. Using the old heel covering I covered the underside of the shoe and trimmed to match. This faux covering had a white exposed edge when cut which I coloured in with a green indelible marker. A small opening was then made in the covering for the new heel spike.

Step 7: Paint, Then Glue

Heel Spike:
To help really sell the notion that the dinosaur is supporting the weight of the shoe wearer I camouflaged the shiny steel heel spike and end cap with green spray paint. Before paint the steel spike was roughed up with emery cloth and wiped with a damp rag, then left to dry. The plastic heel caps were also roughed up with 150 grit sandpaper.

Sole:
The tan sole looked out of place with my new dinosaur heels, so I masked off the rest of the shoe, sanded the sole and spray painted two coats of flat black paint to the underside of the shoe

I gave these elements two coats of paint, waiting about 30 minutes between applications then allow to completely dry overnight.

Glue:
Once dry the entire assembly can be fitted together. Once satisfied that paint and heel placement is correct, use a strong adhesive to glue the insole and shank to the inside of the shoe, then install dinosaurs onto heel spikes and use more adhesive to glue them in place. Finally, glue the heel caps onto the end of the heel spike. 

Step 8: Prehistoric Pumps

Once the glue is dry you are ready to wear your prehistoric pumps to your next paleontology party!

Dinosaur heels, where haute couture meets the Jurassic Period. These dinosaur heels turn heads wherever they go, and the sturdy welding ensures that these shoes will last for years to come... or maybe just until the next ice age.

What dinosaurs would you put in your shoes?


Have you made your own dinosaur shoes based on this design? I want to see your creation!
Share a picture of your dinosaur shoes in the comments below and you'll get a digital patch and a 3-month Pro Membership to Instructables.com!

Comments

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Peterang001 made it!(author)2016-09-18

if men were already in trouble with women with claws, now watch out men here come women with attitude and teeth

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JeanieB1 made it!(author)2015-11-28

These are adorable but look like a lot of work. Couldn't you just drill a hole in the dinosaur, stick the heel through, and glue the dinosaur to the bottom of the sole? I don't know if it would work, but seems like a lot less work.

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anjulic made it!(author)2015-12-31

That's what I did! Works just fine =)

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anjulic made it!(author)2015-12-31

Thanks for the inspiration. My dad made me these after I found a pair of shoes in a charity shop and a couple of cheap Dino toys. I'm so pleased with them, and I wearing them tonight for NYE! yahey!

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MikaelaHolmes made it!(author)2015-07-15

These are just the best. I had never seen this Instructable! Amazing. I want to make some. Rawr!!!

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amodinosaur made it!(author)2015-06-30

Really everything it is dinsoaurs, even dinosaur dinosaur heels,If you interested in animatronic dinosaur from China ,pls check website

www.amodinosaur.com

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randomperson713 made it!(author)2014-11-15

omg I love dinosaurs

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RobertGoldring made it!(author)2014-08-20

pretty clever, but i don't think it's my cup of tea, sorry.

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legamin made it!(author)2014-04-19

dang it if you didn't get me roped into six pair of these for my granddaughters and their mommies....(trouble maker!). The only variation I made to the theme was that it kept making me die a little inside to be able to see the support bolt! As a jack of many trades during my life, engineering balance and cantilevered structure into this form was not too difficult once I conferred with an architect friend. After opting for the solid Dino, hollowing out the leg, forming the heel fork (opted for over the single support for balance) I formed the support to match the required final form needed. Then using my heat gun sparingly made the plastic malleable enough to feed the support through it and force it back into proper shape as it cooled. (A wee bit of plastic filler and paint matching later and it was great!) I'm going to pretend senility if they ever ask for another pair! In fact, I may not have to pretend... Thanks for a marvelous bile that made my family happy for now!

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Mannequinhead made it!(author)2014-03-22

Is there any simpler way to make these if you don't have access to a welder tool or experience with one either?

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animedubbedonline made it!(author)2013-09-09

that's brilliant

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sunshiine made it!(author)2012-11-01

Wow! This is totally awesome! My daughter gave me a pair of heels that I want to decorate, they are really ugly but grand, if that makes sense. Not sure I want to turn them into dino shoes though! They are more like a shoe a witch would wear!

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Kelly02 made it!(author)2013-06-26

black cants will look cute!

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AmyLuthien made it!(author)2012-11-04

Maybe spider webs from heel to toe? Or a bat?

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chabias made it!(author)2012-11-04

My feet are hurting just looking at the pointy toes on those shoes!

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tn. made it!(author)2012-11-04

black cats. better yet, black panthers.

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ljacoby714 made it!(author)2012-11-04

Wouldn't it be simpler to drill a hole into the dinosaur that fits the existing shoe heel? Of course, that's not as much fun as deconstructing the shoe, but it sure would save time.

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container_gardener made it!(author)2013-05-04

I was thinking of doing the same thing, since I don't know how to use welding equipment. =)

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lord_volldemort made it!(author)2013-05-03

These are amazing! I love them!

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andrea+biffi made it!(author)2013-04-30

These shoes are GREAT!! You can do it with every little plastic animal! Cows, elephants, giraffes... these last for very for tall heels! ;-)

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2013-04-30

That's exactly the idea! I was going to make shoes with horses in the heels, as a riff of "horse shoes", but then associating a horse with ladies isn't very nice - so I never made them. :)

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andrea+biffi made it!(author)2013-04-30

hihi maybe a cow should be worst too!

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Bill+WW made it!(author)2013-04-30

Dinosaur heels: Impressive!

Having a wife (girlfriend, etc.) with a sense of humor: priceless!

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fluffydragon made it!(author)2013-04-30

As if I didn't already have enough projects on my plate!

These are awesome, and I totally want to do do this, but I may re-paint the dinosaurs first. I wonder how expensive color shifting paint at the auto store is?

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zomfibame made it!(author)2013-04-29

coool!

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barina made it!(author)2012-11-27

Such a great innovation. I like it most. Thanks

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ivikivi made it!(author)2012-11-19

AUTHORS OF THESE NEON T-REX HEELS AREN´T UNKNOWN! THEY ARE LUCIE JELINKOVA & MONIKA NOVAKOVA = AWKWARD COLLECTION AND HERE IS THEIR PAGE https://www.facebook.com/pages/Awkward-Collection/374988425895440?fref=ts

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Robotster made it!(author)2012-11-04

This idea is great! It has given me ideas.

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2012-11-05

It's my favourite when that happens!

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Contentment made it!(author)2012-11-05

Hah, these are so cool!

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snackordie made it!(author)2012-11-05

These are amazing!

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Ricardo+Furioso made it!(author)2012-11-05

Fabulous.
Brilliant.
And the secret is welding.
Great.

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crazynana made it!(author)2012-11-04

Awesome. You and the shoes.

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2012-11-04

Thanks!

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smiddenkidden made it!(author)2012-11-04

At the risk if sounding simple, couldn't you save yourself a ton of work and just put the dinosaur onto the existing heel??

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2012-11-04

They would have to be some big toy dinosaurs to cover the entire heel. Can you show me an easier way to make these while achieving the same effect?

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smiddenkidden made it!(author)2012-11-04

Why would they have to be bigger? Using a pair of shoes of the approximate same height as the dinosaurs with a very thin stiletto heel, then just attaching the dinosaurs directly to the heel. I guess I'm not getting why you have to make a new heel?

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2012-11-04

"very thin stiletto heel" would of course work, as that's all I've done with these shoes (replace the fat heel with something thin). They didn't have green crocodile print stilettos at the Thrift Store I got my shoes at.

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janetsellers08 made it!(author)2012-11-04

What ever the shoes, you can stamp on a fake texture with paint, even change the color of the shoes completely. Sculpy clay that fits the heels, then attach with glue to any heel.. but it wouldn't have that way cool rubber toys-grew-from-this-shoe look.

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janetsellers08 made it!(author)2012-11-04

Couldn't you just slip the toys over the existing heel with glue by getting
the right size toy or making one out of Sculpy that fits through the heel like a shish ke bab?

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janetsellers08 made it!(author)2012-11-04

Couldn't you just slip the toys over the existing heel with glue by getting
the right size toy or making one out of Sculpy that fits through the heel like a shish ke bab?

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Ninzerbean made it!(author)2012-11-02

Wow, I had no idea that shoes were that intensely put together. I love what you've done.

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2012-11-04

After wrestling off that industrial cleat and almost snapping a screwdriver I have a new respect for high heel shoe construction.

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ModMischief made it!(author)2012-11-02

Yes! When I saw pictures of neon green T-Rex heels floating around the internet I knew I needed to DIY it - I'm so glad you've worked out exactly how it should be done!

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2012-11-04

Thanks!

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ynze made it!(author)2012-11-02

GREAT! I got a job to do for christmas :-)

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2012-11-04

I really want to see your results! I want to remake these again experimenting with a quadruped.

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2012-11-02

Awesome! I saw this thumbnail on instructables' facebook page, and thought, "That looks exactly like something mikeasaurus would do." You have a very distinctive style!

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2012-11-04

That is a very high compliment, thank you.

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woz.artur made it!(author)2012-11-03

This is nice! Perfect mix of dinosaures and style!

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