Refashioning 101: Fab Footwear Fixes

October 5, 2015Sheri Pavlović

Refashioning clothing and creating groovy upcycled accessories are a marvelous start to a wardrobe full of unique sustainable style but what about your terrific tootsies? Your feet deserve to strut their stuff in thrifty ethical fashion too and nothing completes an outfit better than a pair of one of a kind shoes!

Refashioning 101 - Fab Footwear Fixes

Refashioning and repairing your shoes (& boots) is a snap with a bit of imagination and my Refashioning 101: Fab Footwear Fixes! Raid your closet or hit the thrift shop and let’s get fixing!

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

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I scored these awesomely comfortable wedges at my fave charity shop and after a summer of wear and tear they were in desperate need of an upgrade. A peek through my stash revealed some fab faux fur scraps that coordinated wonderfully with that bright orange!

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

I grabbed a piece of that funky faux fur that was long and wide enough to wrap around the wedge part of the sandal and carefully stuck it on with some strong all-purpose glue.

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

Once the glue was completely dry I simply chopped off the excess fabric and secured the loose edges in place with a bit of glue.

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

Already a massive improvement from the original but I’m not through yet!

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

The ankle straps were very worn and stretched out so I decided to replace them. First step, chopping off the damaged bits.

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

I then snagged a piece of thick elastic from my stash and cut it to my desired strap length. *Make sure to try on the shoe and check the fit of the elastic around your ankle before the next step.

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

I opened up the chopped edge of the remaining sandal strap, popped the end of the elastic inside and securely hand-stitched them together.

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

Then repeated the process with the other end of the elastic and my comfortable new strap was complete! As it didn’t look very stellar I snagged a piece of faux fur…

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

and stitched it around the elastic!

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

Then repeated the whole process with the other sandal and my fabulous new shoes were ready to rock!

refashioning 101 - fab footwear fixes tutorials

So much better and so much more comfortable with those new straps!

Take a peek at my fave shoe & boot webisodes below:

Make a pair of what-was-I-thinking boots wonderfully wearable with my quick fix diy!

Create instant boot savers from those worn out plastic placemats!

Create a quirky pair of chain-laced slip-on shoes with my super fast how-to!

Here’s my lickety split, out-of-the-way solution for storing your high heel collection!

Check out my entire Refashioning 101 series right here.

For more funky DIYs take a peek at my tutorial index and always remember to keep up your Passion for Refashion!

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