You will need:
- a pair of plastic sole sandals
- clear PVC scraps
- heavy duty snaps, like these + hammer
- needle and thread/sewing machine
I made these sandals a couple of weeks ago, for the models to wear with my clothes on the college end-of-year catwalk (more on that soon).
They were a last minute solution – literally I was finishing three pairs like this the morning of the show. It would be difficult to follow precise instructions with this DIY, because it depends on what sandals you can get your hands on and how you want them to fit. So instead I will share what I did.
ONE//The original sandals were cheap from Primark. The first thing to do was cut off the ugly upper decoration; white plastic flip-flop straps with diamanté bows. TWO// decide what width you would like the front and ankle straps to be, and measure around these parts of your foot on the sandal to find the right length. Also cut a piece to connect the ankle straps to the sole.
These were my measurements:
- front strap, 24cm x 6cm (includes 1cm seam allowance on each end)
- ankle strap, 25cm x 2.5cm (includes room for snaps)
- connecting strap, 36cm x 1cm (includes room to fold over and sew each end)
THREE//Sew the front strap ends together and slip over the front of the sandal. You could glue it there, but generally I found it stays in place without any adhesive.
FOUR//Slip the connecting strap through two slits in the heel of the sandal and fold each end, sewing in place. FIVE//Through the fold goes the ankle strap, with snaps hammered in place.
Enjoy your invisible shoes.