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« on: August 01, 2010 05:15:48 PM »

I have been wisting some gladiator sandals for pretty much ever. However, lately I've been trying to save some serious cash for art supplies, school books and food when I go back to University.
Being a college student sucks sometimes! Though, it inspired me to be thrifty and try to make my own sandals out of some scraps of leather like material I got in a free bag of scrap material.
If these look totally dorky my back up plan is to wait until fall when the sandals I want go on sale then I'm gonna buy 'em cheap Smiley

It's weird taking pictures of your feet, it's also makes me incredibly self conscious haha

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2010 06:01:48 PM »

I'm not a big fan of the gladiator style but I think these are awesome! I don't think they look dorky at all!

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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2010 06:10:49 PM »

i agree i think they look awesome.. would you care to share a little more information on how you made them? id love to hear...

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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2010 07:46:54 PM »

i agree i think they look awesome.. would you care to share a little more information on how you made them? id love to hear...

For sure!
I took a pair of old flip flops, the 2 for $5 kind from old navy worked for me.
I cut off the whole plastic thong part of the sandal and set it aside so I just had a basically the foam with three holes in it. I cut out a piece of the leather and glued it to the sandal and let it dry for a few hours.
While the glue was drying, I cut strips of the leather in long enough lengths to wrap around my feet the way I wanted it to and braided them together.
When the glue was dry on the sandal part I cut holes into the leather. I did it from the bottom of the sandal where there were already holes in the flip flop. Then I pushed the strips of leather through the holes of the flip flop and tied them in a knot on the bottom of the sandal and glued it into place. Some of it came out though in the pictures, you can see it on the bottom of my shoe in the second picture.
When I had all the straps in place I sewed the straps together where I wanted them to cross so they don't slide around on my foot and that was it basically. It's really alot easier than it sounds haha.

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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2010 07:48:32 PM »

These are awesome!

« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2010 07:55:08 PM »

These rock and I just happen to need a new pair of sandals! I also have a pair of red leather pants that have been recycled for creations such as this. This would make a great tut for the challenge..hint..hint Wink

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2010 08:11:12 PM »

They look great and absolutely cannot tell they are handmade. Very crafty!

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