DIY Free People Knock-off Cowboy Booties




About: I cut-up, sew, paint, destroy and reconstruct clothing and jewelry.

The minute I saw these on Free People I knew there would be a DIY in my future. Here are the instructions to make your own.


- Cowboy boots
- Scissors
- Belts/leather/pleather strapping
- Chain
- Jump rings
- Needle nose pliers

Step 1:


1. First you have to slit the boots down the center back. Try on your boots and determine exactly how far you want to cut. I had to cut mine down a little further than I wanted because I wanted to make it easier to fit my big feet in them.

2. Fold over the top of the boot to make a cuff.

Optional 3. Now, what I am about to tell you is completely optional. The inside of my boots were beige, and I am not a beige person. I took some black paint and an old crappy paint brush and painted the cuff part black, but I didn't cover it completely, I let some of the beige peek through for a vintage/distressed look.

4. Basically, you just start playing with your belts, leather, chains, etc. Just start wrapping them and connecting them with jump rings. You can even hang some charms or add any other kind of embellishment you can think of. Don't obsess about making both boots match, just go with the flow. I had 2 similar belts, and neither one of them were long enough to cut in half and use on each boot, so each boot has a different belt.

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6 Discussions


3 years ago

so cool!! I'm totally going to do this :)


6 years ago on Introduction

Hey this is great! I feel inspired now! I wanna go through my closet and see what I can transform!


6 years ago on Introduction

Your instructable gave me the inspiration to re-vamp my ancient Cowboy boots I had stashed away at the back of my closet!! They turned out SO COOL and I've gotten so many compliments!! Thank You!!!
Awesome 'ible!!

-Crafty Mom

1 reply

7 years ago on Introduction

Yours look way better and more interesting than theirs, and I bet they were charging well over 100 bucks. Great Instructable!


7 years ago on Introduction

This is a brilliant idea! I would've loved to see pictures of the process, but your description is self-explanatory.

Beautiful work and a great way to recycle a pair of scuff-toes boots into something spectacular!