DIY Charlotte Olympia Kitty Cat Flats

I've been lusting over these Charlotte Olympia kitty flats since I've seen them on the feet of my style icon Alexa Chung (I have an unhealthy obsession with her). IMHO I think they're much cuter than the Marc Mouse shoes which have been around for a while. Anyway, I have been obsessively stalking the internet for DIY guides to create these cute kitties. There are a lot of good ones out there: 

HOWEVER - In my humble opinion, when I tried following their guides I ran into a few problems. Firstly, where the heck was I going to get scraps of black fabric/leather? Do you know how difficult it is to find a sort-of solid material that doesn't flop when you sew it on? Secondly, I can't sew for toffee; not even small easy stitches. Thirdly, good as they are I didn't like the fact that they looked a little different from the original. (Yeah yeah I know copyright and all, but seriously? Even the copycat China made versions are horrible) Sure, okay maybe I can just settle for drawing a face on the shoe and get it done with but it is not the same. I want the ears!

That's when the idea for this tutorial came about. I analyzed those Charlotte Olympia's for a week & did my research whilst shopping at the local high street for a good similar pair of slippers. And here it is, the result of my week-long research aka:


What you'll need:

Thanks to the burgeoning trend of these slippers/loafers, you can easily find a pair of these for cheap/reasonable price on the high street. This is the most essential item for this DIY tutorial. The top front of your flats have to be just right, make sure they're not too long and not too short. You might want them to be more pointed and rounded in shape as opposed to the squared variety.

Mine are from New Look and they cost just £14.39 (ish) after student discount. Normal price £15.99. I chose these because the shape was pretty similar to the real OC's.

Edit:// (Aug 15) 
I did some shopping around online & found some good potential pairs of loafers you can get that are similar to the specific shape I suggested! So if you're in the...

 UK: New Look (same as mine)
Asia/Australia: Cotton On
US: Forever 21  or Charlotte Russe (just remove the tassel)
Europe: Pretty sure you can find something similar in H&M/Monki/Pull & Bear/Bershka. Any cheap high street brand is great for this kind of stuff

Step 1: Create the shape
Use a pencil or fabric chalk and mark dotted lines on the top of your shoe in the shape below:

Step 2: (optional) Outline the shape
Use correcting liquid to outline the shape you just drew so you can see it more clearly. Skip this if you used fabric chalk or you have good eyesight and can see your previous pencilmarks.

Step 3: Snip it!
Take your scissors and cut it off. Voila! Cat shaped ears all done and you didn't even have to use thread/glue/find spare fabric/leather/other crap. Repeat steps 1-3 on the other shoe.

Step 4: Draw your cat
Last and most crucial step, draw the cat's face! Have a picture for reference and use your pencil/fabric chalk to sketch out the eyes, nose and ears. Use gold puff paint to draw. Let it dry for at least 24 hours (you don't want smudging)

AND THAT'S IT, YOU'RE DONE. YOUR VERY OWN PAIR OF CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA CAT FLATS. SEE HOW EASY THAT WAS? I made my design a little different from the original, cause well, I don't want to get sued you know? I think my heart-shaped nose is cuter anyway.

Step 5: (optional) Colour in
To really really perfect your flats, take a Sharpie or black marker and start colouring in the exposed sides of the top half that you cut.


Picture was taken before I coloured in the white exposed bits. 

Enjoy your new kitties, nyan nyan!

So what do you guys think? Easy, yes/no? Share with me your results!



f i o n a (miss.tea) said...

ooh very clever, innovative idea to cut instead of sticking on leather bits! they turned out so pretty :D

Nicole said...

Thanks! :D

Danka said...

I've been searching the web for a good tutorial on how to make these and yours is by far the best around. Gonna try to get my hands on some white/beige/pink slipper flats for a spring version. x

Nicole said...

Oooh, that sounds like a great idea doing it in spring colours! I'm going to have to try that myself - with credit to you for the idea of course :) x

Lou Lou said...

Thank you so much! Found the shoes at cotton on in Australia. Whole thing cost me $6.00!. Love them to bits. So easy too.