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Guide: how to make unique sandals


80% of new sandals rub their fingers or the heel part within a week after purchase. Over time, the skin softens and sits on the foot. Only then does the new thing stop rubbing its feet into the blood.

But, firstly, there is absolutely no sense in tormenting corns in the expectation that shoes will taste blood and stop rubbing. Secondly, another 10% of couples continue to reap, rub and cause all sorts of inconvenience in a week, two, and a year after purchase. Read to the end, and you will learn how to carry shoes without injuries, and how to cope with "age" shoes that still rub your feet.

What to do when new sandals rub their fingers

To always know what to do if new sandals are rubbing your fingers, let your Compeed anti-tar stick always be in your medicine cabinet.

Have you bought a new thing? Immediately identify the most vulnerable places: put on a pair and go around at home. Where rubs, you will feel after 10-15 minutes. Before going out, treat the most vulnerable spots of your fingers with an anti-tar stick or a transparent patch of the same manufacturer.

If sandals rub their fingers, stick- an optimal means of protection. It acts as a lubricant, reducing the friction of the material. Colorless and hypoallergenic, it will be invisible, even if you have sandals with thin straps.

Not only Compeed has hydrocolloid patches for fingers. Cosmos Hydro Active and Corn Removal Plasters Sholl patches are sold in callout prevention pharmacies.

In addition to these funds, in pharmacies and orthopedic stores you can also find special pads. They are suitable if sandals rub the thumb, arch of the foot or little finger. The assortment is huge: finger pads and half insoles Mascotte, Faberlic, Soccine, Scholl, etc. There are even special strips for the straps if the straps are rubbed on the sandals.

Do not wait for your shoes to rub your fingers into the blood. Use preventative sticks, pads and patches as soon as you feel a burning sensation.

What to do if sandals rub their feet in the heel area

You already know what to do if sandals rub the big toe or little finger. With the heels the same story!

To protect against calluses, you can use the same plasters and stick, but in this case, pads need others. They, as a rule, are either a full insole or half insole. They are glued to the insole and help to keep the foot in one place, minimizing the friction of the skin on the hard back.

A more radical option, which not only prevents damage, but also protects the heels from cracks and reduces the load on the arch of the foot - gel heel pads. They are best suited for high-heeled models:

  • transparent and inconspicuous,
  • dense, with good cushioning,
  • practical, with the possibility of reusable use.

What to do if rubbing varnish sandals and old shoes

When varnish sandals are rubbed, prophylactic agents may not be enough. A more serious arsenal will be needed even if not new shoes regularly rub their feet.

So, we’ll tell you what to do if corns on your feet rub sandals “aged”. The first is to protect the legs. We use everything that can help. Second - reduce friction. To do this, you will have to work on softening the skin in those places where it rubbed the feet most:

  • grease the strap or the back of the inside with castor oil or glycerin,
  • Moisturize the hard edges of the closed models with plenty of glycerin and carefully beat off with a hammer, laying a thick cloth between the hammer and shoes,
  • apply Leather Softener, Saphir Spray or any other softener several times to hard skin, walk in shoes,
  • rub hard material with a paraffin candle.

We hope our tips helped you, and what to do if you rub sandals, you already know. Do not stop at any one remedy, try different ones. Be sure to find your own, perfect. Wear summer shoes with pleasure. And no pain!

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I thought only I had such problems when new shoes are rubbed. I try to buy shoes made of genuine leather, it is less than a third and is easier to stretch over the foot. To avoid corns, the first time I use ordinary plasters.

Of great importance is also what material sandals are made of. Once my sandals with a rough textile top, something like a matting, were frayed in my blood. Since then, I’ve been wiser in choosing shoes. When I rubbed my heel, I bought a silicone half-insole and really helped! Stop stopped riding back and forth. And one time I rubbed sandals from the inside with a candle, paraffin glided over my skin and there were no calluses. Such a peculiar economy-replacement stick.

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Take yourself an assistant

  • It is very useful to have an assistant to make it easier to handle the whole procedure. Ask him to stand on a cardboard sheet and circle the leg of his assistant. Make a picture of the sole, correct all the bumps, add a little space for the toe and make a beautiful figure in the area of ​​the fingers. Cut the resulting blank from thin cardboard. Next, we need one more piece of cardboard in size larger than a sheet with a sole pattern.

  • Next, we put several layers of masking tape on your foot to create a template, according to which we will continue to work. To begin with, insert a cardboard sole into a fairly high stocking to the knee, then stick your foot inside the stocking, placing it on top of the prepared sole. Stand straight, straighten your leg. You will place strips of duct tape on the area a little more than the area that you allocated for the top of the sandal - a leather belt, then you will gradually draw a blank on the entire surface of the tape.
  • Start gluing the tape diagonally on one side of your leg, gradually extending them in the center. Squeeze the other end of the tape from the outside of the foot and leave a little tape each time you stick a new patch to stick it on the second sheet of cardboard under the blank. The overlap of the adhesive tape should be approximately 1/4 inch of the width of each strip. Thus, the upper part of the sandal is made of tape.

You cannot make a ring blank on your finger with a tape, because the stocking interferes with this, so just expand some scraps of tape right in this area to do it later.

  • Apply a second layer of tape horizontally to the same surface.

When the two layers of tape are superimposed on each other, draw a sketch of your sandal on top with a pencil, then walk along the resulting contour with a waterproof marker. Also draw with a permanent marker a line along the bottom edge of the picture, where two pieces of cardboard are glued together with adhesive tape. Mark the front and back edges of the sandal on the sole so that next time you know how you need to align it.

  • You should now slip out of the workpiece. Cut the template along the bottom edge, where you have glued together two pieces of cardboard: the sole and the one on which you stood. Lay the blank of the top of the sandal on a white piece of paper. You will notice that there will be some distortion on the workpiece, as there are differences between 3D and 2D measurements.

Note: if you liked the outline of the edges of the picture, and you want the workpiece to be smoother, then you can fold the sheet in half and redraw it so that both sides are the same.

  • Now the upper part will require large slots on both sides of the foot, so I would separate both sides in the form of shortcuts. I decided to cut three protrusions on the edge on the inside of the foot that formed two cut-like labels, and on the outside of the foot I cut two protrusions that formed one tab. The tabs will be inserted into the lower edge of the upper sole, they will go through its slots, and then attach to the bottom and actually hide from the eyes.

Once the entire workpiece is completed, check your template to see how it looks on the foot, along with those pieces of tape that glued together a cardboard sole with another piece of cardboard.

At your own peril and risk put on your foot this piece of tape and see how it will look. Pull the ring blank completely onto the top of your finger, then wrap it around and mark the area where the adhesive tape touches the sole. Imprint on the sides of the adhesive tape on the sides. Make any changes to the template that you consider necessary.

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  • To complete your template, increase the length of each tab by 3/4 inch and put them under the sole. Keep in mind that their length will almost completely go under it and will not be visible, so do not skimp on adhesive tape.
  • Now that you have your own template, use it to cut a piece of leather. The skin should not be too heavy so that the flexibility is sufficient, but if you are not a fan of soft shoes, then in principle you can use hard skin. You can also use vegetable or chrome tanned leather, depending on their qualities.
  • Cut out the sole from the skin using a clerical knife so that it is even.
  • Next, you need to cut the tab slots in the sole about 3/8 inch from the edge, starting from the inside of the foot (you can attach the tabs and double-check their location before cutting the holes). Cut small divisions in order to determine the distance between the slots in the leather workpiece. Make small circles around the edges of future tabs. Use a clerical knife to cut out the slots between the circles.

  • I have stitched all the upper parts related to the sole, I do not use glue like Barge, but I prefer Ecoweld from Tandy leather or Aquilim sg, which you can see on the website: . I applied one of these adhesives on the bottom of the sole and for the tabs. When the glue dries, firmly press the tabs on the inside of the sandal to the sole. Another article especially for you: Master class: 3 ways to improve sneakers and ballet shoes for the summer of 2016.

If you want to stamp each hole perfectly evenly when using an awl (which is exactly what I prefer to do), you can also use a round punch to make them, or a small trident, you can still use a thin cutter, and then use an awl to sew a line around 3/16 inch inside the tabs and hook them.

  • Use the awl, working along the bottom of the sole, and attach the tabs on the outside of the sandal to the sole with a stitch, including the other side of the toe ring. .

Make a line for stitching the sandal tabs on top and a line for stitching another tab on the finger, then insert all the tabs and punch holes or 3/16 inch slots inside the tabs. Make as many holes or slots at the top of the sandals as you can, then rotate and finish stamping.

Sew tabs on the sole.

  • To complete the sandals, sew them to the second, lower, sole. I avoid any toxic materials, so I use natural rubber weighing about 500 grams of vegetable tanning or material for the manufacture of car tires for car tires and trucks for the bottom soles. If using leather, see step 14. before attaching the lower sole to the upper. Cut out the bottom sole, glue it to the top - there is already glue on the bottom of your sole, let it dry and only then connect them.

Draw a 1/4 inch line from the edge with a pair of compasses and sew two layers of the sole together.

  • If both of your soles are leather, then use beeswax or any other substance to achieve the best effect - polishing your sandals. If the sole of the sole consists of natural rubber, finish the edges of the sole before gluing the layers together. After polishing, your sandals are ready.

For this you will need:

  • Sole. It can be a sole from old sandals or from ordinary flip flops, if you want to make flip flops with your own hands, you can use old insoles
  • Material for the top. It can be anything - a piece of an old leather jacket, any thick fabric (look at your wardrobe, you will probably find something useful there), you can crochet or knit the top (it will turn out very original and fashionable, especially if you complement the look with a knitted bag! ) I used an old belt. This is very convenient, since it is already the width I need and “keeps shape”, which is very important. Wearing such summer sandals will be convenient, the leg will be fixed. You can take both leather and any other belt

  • Needle, scissors, threads (tight nylon)
  • Super glue. If you have special shoe glue - use it or if you want, you can contact the shoe workshop to glue seams and joints
  • Any decorative elements to your taste (beads, rivets, fasteners, buttons, rhinestones, etc.)

So, take the sole. You need to rid her of all the remaining straps, if these are old sandals.

If you have a soft sole, such as a flip flop, you can carefully cut it in half (divided into the upper and lower layers). You get two parts on the left foot and two parts on the right. Or you can just make incisions in the area of ​​the attachment of the top.

If you, like me, use ordinary insoles or insoles carved from linoleum, you need to cut two pieces on each leg.

Next, take the top and try on the foot with one layer of the sole. There can be a great many options. It all depends on your desire and the material used. Experiment and you will find your own unique option. It is very beautiful and original to use a belt buckle! Do not be afraid that she will be only on one leg - this is very unusual!

You can use textile or crocheted top. These sandals can be worn both at home and on the street. Do it yourself homemade flip flops to match your dressing gown. Believe me, no one else will have such.

So, you need to take a belt (or any other top at your discretion), wrap their leg in the area of ​​the fingers with the sole and mark the desired length and position.

Then sew the top into the ring (at the mark). Glue or sew the resulting ring, if the thickness of the sole allows, to the intended place to the sole.

Do the same with another sandal.

Next, connect the upper sole to the bottom and sew or glue them together. For stitching, you can use thick threads of contrasting color and overcast the details over the edge with a beautiful seam. It will be very impressive! But it is better to use this method for home sandals, as the threads quickly wipe on the asphalt and lose their "presentation".

If you used a solid sole, you can simply stick the top from the bottom into the ring. It will not turn out so neatly, as it will be seen from below on the sole, but this will not affect the quality of the product and the wearable process in any way (I myself wear such sandals the second summer, many Chinese manufacturers would envy such quality)!

If you used a soft sole or a sole cut out of linoleum, then you also need to glue the top to the first layer of the sole. If you made cuts in the sole, then simply insert the top into these cuts and fill with glue. If the sole is soft enough, you can flash the product with threads for reliability.

If you leave it like that, there will be slaps. You can make summer sandals with your own hands. To do this, just add the straps. It is necessary to carve out thin strips (approximately 0.5-1 cm wide) from the remnants of the belt and try on a slap.Glue the bottom to the sole, sew the connection on the heel, sew on the fastener, make the holes for the fastener with an awl.

Sparkle hairspray can give a festive look to sandals. Spray them abundantly on sandals - and a new look is ready! So you can easily modify your shoes every time without much effort!

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We will need:

  • Cheap slippers,
  • Pieces of leather (two colors),
  • Scissors,
  • Glue (the glue should remain elastic after drying, try to find special shoe glue),
  • Skin punch,
  • Sewing kit and needle,
  • Leather lace.

Step-by-step instruction

  1. Remove the straps from the slippers and leave only the sole,
  2. If they are too big or wide, take sandals that are the right size for you and cut the shape you want from the sole,
  3. Lay the soles on a piece of leather of the primary color and cut the pieces of leather into the shape of the soles,
  4. Cut pieces of leather about 8 by 20 cm, this will be the top of your shoes. The exact size of the fabric will depend on the size and width of your leg, so it’s better to cut a piece a little larger and try on,
  5. Cut holes on the sides of the soles (the width of the upper part), insert the upper part into the holes. Position the part at an angle so that the hole on the side of the fingers is smaller, glue the parts together,
  6. Now cut out strips of leather 2 cm wide and repeat the previous steps. Place the strips at an angle, taking into account the fact that the back will catch on your heel,
  7. Glue the finished part to the sole from the slipper,
  8. Take a leather hole punch and make two rows of holes in the middle at the top. Pass the strong thread through the holes and pull it off (you can skip this step if you do not like how it looks),
  9. Now make two holes on the strap at the back and pass the leather lace through them,
  10. Make sure it is long enough and you will be comfortable with sandals. The lace is tied at the back and tightened to fit. Your sandals are ready!