DIY Leather Sandals

DIY Leather Sandals @themerrythoughtI have been living in the same pair of sandals all summer and I’m getting some serious tan lines from them. It’s about time that I switch it up for a while! So I decided to try making a pair of basic leather sandals using some cheap flip-flops!
DIY Leather Sandals @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Cheap Flexible Flip-Flops
-Leather (I used two different colors.)
-Glue (*Make sure you choose a glue that will be flexible when it dries. Try Gorilla Glue or Shoe Goo)
Leather Punch
-Embroidery Thread and Needle
-Leather Lace

How to make it:
-Remove the straps from your flip flops.
**-If they are a bit too wide or long, trace a pair of sandals that fit you well onto them and trim them down using a scroll saw.
-Trace sandals on base leather and cut out.
-Cut out two 3″x8.5″ pieces of leather and then trim them so they are arched. (***I wear size 7.5 shoes – you will need to adjust measurements based on your own feet. I kept trying mine on and adjusting them as I went.)
-Cut slits in the base leather  the width of the top piece and slide the top piece in. Angle the leather so that the opening towards your toes is a smaller space. Glue them in place.
-Cut out 1″ arched pieces of leather and repeat previous steps.. cutting slit the same width, angle towards the back so this strap will be behind your ankle, and glue in place.
-Glue the entire leather piece to the flip-flop bottom. *Follow instructions on the glue you choose.
-Use a leather punch to punch holes in the wide piece of leather. Use strong embroidery thread to thread in between these holes and pull them tight. This just helped my sandals to fit my feet a bit better and I liked the look of it. Feel free to skip this step.
-Use a leather punch in the back strap and punch two holes large enough to put your leather lace through.
-Put leather lace through and tie knots in the back. Make sure there is enough space to put your foot through the leather lace when it is completely loose. This string will come up around your ankle and then you can pull it tight and tie it on the back to wear.
DIY Leather Sandals @themerrythought
I’m off to go pick some blueberries! Happy weekend!!

xo. Caitlin

  • fictionalfibersFriday, July 25, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Amazing. Just amazing.ReplyCancel

  • DivyaFriday, July 25, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    This is pretty amazing!ReplyCancel

  • AlisonSaturday, July 26, 2014 - 7:12 am

    What a cool idea! Can’t wait to try these out before the summer ends.ReplyCancel

  • anneweaver1974Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    Wow, who would believe they started out as flip flops!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial.

  • Gemma ChewMonday, July 28, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    This is amazing! GREAT idea, and they look awesome!

  • amiechristoTuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:40 am

    These look so wonderful and comfortable. They remind me a lot of the sandals that everyone wears around here!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherWednesday, August 6, 2014 - 7:19 am

    Is there an alternative to leather? I remember having a long time ago a pair of sandals, made in Colombia (South America) which had a harder rubber sole (not fused to a flipflop, but that’s a good idea) made from part of an older tire (not a steel-belted one — a nylon belted one). The upper was woven cotton. I wore those until they wore out (the top wore out first).ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathFriday, August 8, 2014 - 12:39 pm

      I’m sure you could do something similar with other materials but, so far, I have only tried it with leather. Let us know if you try out something else!ReplyCancel

  • gemmaWednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    This is cute! maybe you can try sewing through the sole for extra fastnessReplyCancel

  • oanacazanFriday, August 8, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    This is a really smart idea, and a great way to change up your footwear!

  • OvohWednesday, March 4, 2015 - 7:37 pm

    this is beautiful,i will try here in NigeriaReplyCancel

  • MaidMirawynFriday, April 1, 2016 - 11:02 am

    I love this; thanks for posting it!

    I’m going to try making some leather sandals from scratch this spring, but I want to dip my toes in the water by making these, since they’re much simpler. Do you have any idea what weight leather you used? And how did these hold up?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, April 5, 2016 - 4:04 pm

      I’m not sure what weight the leather was but I wish that I would have used a heavier leather for the bottom section. They held up fine for me for simple daily use. But I did end up tearing them apart to use the leather with a different base. (Which I never got around to doing!) I was planning on using the small leather punch to create holes along the base and then hand sew it to a foam base to make it sturdier.ReplyCancel

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