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 dinosaursBolts
: 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.