When it comes to DIY fashion, we can’t help but swoon over a good designer hack. As for getting inspired, our girl Mindy Kaling always has us covered. Known for her killer #GIRLBOSS outfits, Mindy is all about making a statement. So when she posted her amazing Moschino shoes on Instagram, we just had to make our own. Thanks to this easy shoe upgrade, you can save a pretty penny and channel your inner Mindian at the same time.


 — black pointed flats or heels

— faux leather

— zippers

— flat-dome studs

— E6000 glue

 — fabric scissors



1. Cut two faux leather triangles.

2. Glue to the cloth part of the zipper.

3. Trim the ends.

4. Cut the rest of the zipper.

5. Glue one flat-dome stud to each triangle.

6. Glue the zipper to the shoe and leave to dry.


The faux leather triangles should be cut to fit along the front of your shoes. Of course, measurements will vary depending on your shoe size and type. Your best bet is to cut a piece larger than you think you need. From there, you can adjust and trim accordingly. Use this piece as a guide to cut the second triangle. When the triangles are in place, cut the zipper, leaving about one and a half inches. This will provide enough material to fold under the front of the shoe. Then add one flat-dome stud to each side of the triangle.


To add the finished embellishment to the shoe, apply glue to the back side. Place the embellishment along the rim of the shoe’s opening and fold the extra zipper material underneath. Want a pro tip? Keep everything in place with a few binder clips. These little guys will make sure the embellishment doesn’t shift while the glue does its thing.


Create a second embellishment for the other shoe and you’re ready to rock n’ roll.


To glam up your new pair of kicks, pair with a chunky statement necklace. It’s the ultimate Mindy-approved combo.


Show us your Mindy-inspired shoes on Instagram with hashtag #iamcreative.