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May 4 2010

Getting a shoe “fix”

I love shoes.

I love these shoes.

Shoe. Yes, I have big feet.

I never wear these shoes, though.

When I walk, this is what happens.


But all is not lost! Here is my inspiration:

(Forever 21)

And here is the end result:

Here’s how I did it:

1. Take two pieces of fabric (I used navy blue), 25″ x 3″. I didn’t use any interfacing or padding, because I wanted to keep it light and airy. Fold one piece of fabric in half longways with right sides together, pin, and stitch a seam using 1/2″ seam allowance down the long ends.

2. Trim the seam allowance.

3. Turn the tube right side out and press.

4. Topstitch 1/8″ from each edge.

5. Fold the raw ends under 1/4″, then fold under again. This is where my photography skills went on vacation.

6. Topstitch two seams to secure the end.

7. Sew down a piece of velcro on one end, flip the strap (this is important!), and sew the other piece on the other end. Oh look, the photography came back!

8. Repeat for the other strap.

That’s it! Slide on the shoe, slip the strap underneath, twine around your ankle, and velcro shut. I am debating stitching the crossover together and/or hotgluing the strap to the underside of the shoe, but for now I am leaving it at is so I can keep experimenting with other ideas.

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3 Responses to “Getting a shoe “fix””

Running Commentary:
  1. Maya says:

    I absolutely love how you fixed your shoes! And you were right not to give them to the thrift store.

  2. Matthew says:

    I am confident that you could sell those straps if you wanted to. Different colors of fabric, different colors of thread, etc. Have some pre-made at one price, and a higher price for custom combinations (THIS fabric with THIS thread). Maybe a couple of different lengths…

    This would be a great addition to an Etsy store, but you could definitely sell these elsewhere 🙂