DIY: Ankle Wrapped Flip-Flops

DIY: Ankle Wrapped Flip-Flops

Summer has got me all full of inspiration. All winter, I wanted to do nothing but burrow in a blanket and watch hockey with some Captain Morgan spiked apple cider. The sun is out and my creative juices are finally flowing again.

I can't exactly call this tutorial original since I saw a picture of this idea online somewhere. But it's such a great way to make regular flip-flops interesting, so I had to share. I typically don't wear plain flip-flops out of my house and view them as a poor excuse of a shoe... so this makes them bearable.

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I recently bought 2 pairs of those 2-for-$5 Old Navy flip-flops. I only own one pair and they're probably 7 years old. So I got some plain black ones. Unfortunately, the recipe for these shoes seems to have changed over the years. The rubber is a lot tighter on my foot and totally rubs it the wrong way. I had blisters in minutes. I saw a picture of these modified flip-flops and knew I had to try it.

This project took me 10 minutes on my lunch break. All you need is some jersey fabric and a pair of flip-flops.

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Of course I didn't measure the fabric. I eyeballed it at about 1 1/5 inches. Each strip of fabric was as long as the width you'd get on any bolt of fabric, no matter how many yards you get. I didn't care about the edges because jersey fabric rolls and you wouldn't see the sides anyway. The best part about jersey is that it's stretchy. And since these are basic flip-flips, they'll still be flopping when you walk. Jersey allows for that wiggle room.

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Find the middle of your fabric and place it behind the part that comes down between your toes. Wrap the material over the rubber straps, making sure to overlap the fabric each time.

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When you get to the end, put the tail end through the final wrapped loop so it makes a sort of knot. (you'll notice all the little black fuzzies falling off. Once this happens, it won't fuzz anymore.)

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Voila! What do you think? Definitely better than plain old flip-flops, right?

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  • Cute!

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