Picture of DIY Sandals from Old Flip Flops + T-Shirt
1. What did you make?
I wanted a pair of simple, comfy summer shoes; I had a pair of old flip flops that were fraying and had pokey sequins. My mom had a bag of cloths we were about to donate so I had a nice selection of old t-shirts to choose from for the straps.

2. How did you make it?
I got the idea for this flip flop refashion and also instructions for the five strand braid from Make It, Love It (http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/07/flip-flop-refashion-part-1-braided-straps.html). However, when I was laying the straps on my feet, I found that having a single wide strap going up the top of my foot was more flattering than the traditional V shaped design.

3. Where did you make it?
I was all set up in my living room, ready to finish them in one go, but at 11 pm, I decided to leave it for the next day. Surprisingly, the second shoe went by much faster than the first one, probably because I had to figure out how to style the straps and connect all them together for the first shoe.

4.What did you learn?
Honestly, the hardest part was trying to stuff the fabric into the foam. Getting my superglued fingers unstuck was a close second. The most rewarding part was the fancy-smanchy five strand braid which was actually really easy and came out really well. If I were to do this again, I would start out with new, or at least cleaned, flip flops... the bottoms of the ones I worked with were kinda dusty and icky. I would also make my own soles out of leather so that the shoes look more streamlined and gladiator-like.

So let's begin!

In a nut shell:
(knot * glue) [ (flip flops - the plastic straps) + old t-shirt (cut * braid) ] = comfy strappy braided sandals

Materials and Tools Needed:
old t-shirt
flip flops
kitchen scissors
scissors for fabric

Bluejay4724 days ago

cool and so clever

BuhlerKitty made it!6 months ago

I couldn't wait to make these. They look nice, but I haven't had luck with actually using them. The t-shirt material stretches too much and I've already had to reinforce them twice. I haven't given up.


I fixed them and love them. Thanks! :)

Just the thing to make before spring THANKS :)

These r adorable
sunFlow3r2 years ago
Cute:) and just in time for spring! Although where I live (Kansas) we just had a couple inches of snow over night... grrr... lol
Love the sandals so cute!! :) :)
Wuffle (author)  liesl101rembacz2 years ago
Thanks : )
Upload a pic of it for me if you ever try it out!
What if you just did one overhand knot with all the strings? Or maybe just two knots with three strings...
Wuffle (author)  basementhacker2 years ago
Hm... I don't know actually. Both the overhand knot and doing 2 knots+ 3 strings would probably work, provided that the little crater in the foam is deep enough so that the knot doesn't stick out of the foam and you add some superglue, just in case.
I was trying to think of a splice that you could do too, but nothing worked.
Cool anyways! Thanks for posting.
Wuffle (author)  basementhacker2 years ago
Haha. That's a cool idea.
And hey, thanks for commenting!
these looks like a pair of huarache sandals if im not wrong?
Wuffle (author)  mastermakoko2 years ago
I didn't have huarache sandals in mind when I made these sandals but I just searched up them up and realized that these do look like huarache sandals.There was a blogger who had used her huaraches specifically for running!