Clip To My Shoe, My Darling

“What the #%@ is a shoe clip?” That was my reaction when a friend suggested I buy shoe clips to achieve my dream shoe vision of purple pumps with a red puffy heart on the toe (please don’t judge me). I had never heard of shoe clips before, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone, so here’s the 411 on this accessory for your shoes. Shoe clips have been around for ages, but they’re less common these days, which is unfortunate for our footwear. With two simple clip-ons, be they bows, brooches, flowers, or pearl clusters, you can transform pumps or sandals as often as your pretty little feet desire. Take, for instance, Carrie Bradshaw’s blue Manolos from the first “Sex and the City” movie. Did you love them but not their $945 price tag? It would be super easy to re-create them by attaching rhinestone shoe clips to a pair of basic blue heels.

I dig the idea of adding some pizazz to any ole pair of boring heels by clipping a sparkly vintage-inspired brooch to the front, like this set from Absolutely Audrey, a great source for shoe clips. (Remember those huge clip-on earrings from the ’80s and ’90s? They make great shoe clips, too.) If you prefer a more handmade or vintage touch, search for sets on eBay and Etsy.