Hi everyone! It’s been a while, sure we all are doing great. Here’s a post on the flat, strappy sandals I mentioned earlier on one of my posts, the one I swapped the original straps for Ankara. Just want to share with you how I came up with the look. This is going to be the beginning of several DIY’s (Do it yourself) posts on this blog, hope you will stay tuned and check them all out.Talking about swapping straps, do you know you can swap the straps on those high heel sandals or shoes for other straps? Most of the straps that comes with them are removable, so you can remove and replace them with straps of other shoes, other colours or even use fabric as straps! In the pictures below, I removed the white strap that came with the white sandals and used the same multicoloured ankara I wore as straps and I actually love the look! Using fabric or colours different from that of the sandals will make the sandal/shoe pop and also give it a different look.
Now to the second one.
This pretty pair of sandal worn below was given to me few years back as a birthday gift by a darling friend of mine. As much as I love the pretty sandal all I ever think about most times when I wear it is ‘the beach’! Everything about it screams ‘beach perfect’. Looks like something I can only wear to the beach. Anyway I was to attend the CAG bloggers forum in October and a dress code of ‘denim with a touch of ankara’ was given. I thought hard and long about the touch of Ankara to add to my denim dress, didn’t want to go with the ‘Ankara gele tying rave’. It suddenly occurred to me that I actually could use multicolored Ankara as straps for that pretty sandal I’ve been keeping all this while. That was how I got down to business and the result actually came out satisfactory.
The materials I used: .multicolored Ankara fabric, the strappy sandals, scissors
Direction: All I did was to place the straps that came with the flip flops on the multicolored material, this was for me to be able to measure the length of the strap before cutting out the material. You can use tape measure to measure the length instead of placing the strap on the cloth.
I cut out a portion of the Ankara with my desired length
Then cut into two to make two straps.
There were loops on the sandals already where I could fix the straps so I only place the straps in the appropriate places and got myself a new look from the same pair of sandal.
Now I know I can try using different materials as straps for this same pair of sandals and I’ll always get different looks!
Surprisingly, I saw this picture below on my phone few days ago. I’ve had it all along since last year I guess but I never even tried checking out the sandals! Maybe I would have thought about swapping those straps earlier!
There’ll be a post up on the blog soon on how to turn those casual flip flops to sandals and also on how to revamp your old shoes. Keep checking out the page. Don’t forget to drop your comments, let me know if you try the ‘strap swapping’ and how it turned out. Keep looking beautiful!