Introduction: Elastic Shoes

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Because tying laces is for suckers!  You're a grown-up now, you've spent enough time tying your shoes.  Shave valuable seconds off your day by converting your Converse into easy slip-on shoes!  People everywhere will covet your new, unique shoes, and secretly berate themselves for tying their laces every morning like saps.  So grab your favorite lace-up kicks, find some snazzy elastic, and let's do this.

Step 1: Materials

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For this project, grab:
  • a pair of lace-ups
  • some elastic (doesn't have to be as wide as in the picture, but how can you not love that!)  I used less than 1/2 yd, but if you use thin elastic, you might want to use more than one strip
  • a needle
  • some heavy-duty button thread

Step 2: Measure Elastic

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I decided to strap my elastic diagonally across the top of my foot. 

I pinned the instep side of the elastic first (see first picture), then stretched the length of it over my foot and pinned the top part. 
See image notes for clarification.

Then I marked that elastic and cut another one to mirror it for the other foot.

Step 3: Sew Instep

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First sew the instep part of the elastic.

Using a small backstitch, sew through the elastic to the inside of the shoe across the full width of the elastic.

Then tack down the corner of the elastic that sticks out when you fold the rest over the shoe (this is easier to understand when you do it in person).

Picture 1 shows starting the stitching on the outside of the shoe.

Picture 2 shows the needle going through to the inside of the shoe.

Picture 3 shows the outside of the shoe after being sewn.

Picture 4 shows the inside stitches.

Picture 5 shows taking down the corner.

Step 4: Sew Top

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Now pull the elastic over the top of the shoe and pin back in place where you had it before.  (picture 1)

Sew to the upper shoe with a backstitch following the existing stitches.  (picture 2)

Next I tacked the tongue of the shoe to the upper because it kept getting dislodged when I put my shoes on.  (picture 3)
This step is optional.

Step 5: Repeat

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Now do it to your other shoe!

Don your new awesome shoes and go show them off.  All your friends are going to want to know where you got them - trust me.

Have fun!


T0BY (author)2016-12-06

Brilliant idea!

ruzeshoes (author)2015-07-14

So stylish and easy to make! Certainly will try it.

sclements3 (author)2015-06-07


generalbipbip (author)2014-10-24

super idea!

lyonpridej (author)2013-03-19

I just found this on pinterest & have saved it to my instructables favorites. This is such a great idea! I can just see my granddaughters with shoes like this & I would wear them myself - at age 51, I quit tying my shoes if at all possible about 30 years ago :D -Thanks!

Sbarnetts14 (author)2012-03-28

I can't seem to find the elastic on the website anywhere. Does anyone have a direct link to the item or another website?

Kaelpe (author)2012-03-04

I love these! I'm going to do this to an old pair of shoes for when I have to run to class!
Where did you get the elastic like that?

scoochmaroo (author)Kaelpe2012-03-04

We have a really cool fabric shop in town called Britex.  They might even have it for sale online!

Kaelpe (author)scoochmaroo2012-03-04

! I searched, and they do! Thanks, it looks like I'm going to be using that website a lot now.
(I love your instructables by the way, they're always so creative and useful)

yellowfish (author)Kaelpe2012-03-05

Adorable! I really want to make these but am looking all over the internet and don't see wide elastic like that anywhere. I feel kind of silly but I looked on the Britex site and don't see it... did you see wide elastic like that on Britex and if you did do you mind posting a link?

Kaelpe (author)yellowfish2012-03-06

When I went to the site the other day it was under "flat elastics" under "notions," but I couldn't find it either this morning.
They still have thick ruffled stuff though.

atterack833 (author)2012-03-05


gotsparkles (author)2012-03-05

SUPER, super cute!! I won't make them, but would love to buy them!! :)

toekneebullard (author)2012-03-05

I've been doing a similar thing by using old bike inner tubes to make stretchy laces. Tie once, then they're slip-ons. This, however, is much cooler looking. Plus, my laces would break after a few months...

rifakungen (author)2012-03-04

Damn cool looking leggings! :D

kittyasauras (author)rifakungen2012-03-04

You can get some at Target! >w< I have some too, they are called 'Sweater Tights' or something like that. $7? I think.

rifakungen (author)kittyasauras2012-03-05

Oh cool! thanks a lot! :3

Schuyler (author)2012-03-04

Um. . . . I have an almost identical pair of sneakers with elastic shoelaces. Work like a dream, though they are not cheap(the shoelaces). Many sources on the web.

rainbowkisses (author)2012-03-04

OMG! they are sew (hahaha) cool, i am just about to buy my 4 kids new shoes for autumn, think i will definately have to buy some extra ones for this idea.

vincent7520 (author)2012-03-04

Great !…
One of those inventions that will be taken by top brands, it it's not already done … 

The Ideanator (author)2012-03-02

Neat! I'll have to do something like this.

We have a really cool fabric shop in town called Britex.  They might even have it for sale online!

alisonb (author)2012-03-02

I love this idea, I have just the pair of shoes that I want to do.

scoochmaroo (author)alisonb2012-03-04

We have a really cool fabric shop in town called Britex.  They might even have it for sale online!

javajunkie1976 (author)2012-03-02

Hey Scooch, how well do you think this would work in an industrial setting, say with work-boots? Or, perhaps, with running shoes?

We have a really cool fabric shop in town called Britex.  They might even have it for sale online!

flyingpuppy (author)2012-03-04

This is one of those innovations that would make life easier for older people too. Mind if I post a link to this on my Alzheimer's blog?

scoochmaroo (author)flyingpuppy2012-03-04

Wow, I never thought of that! What a great idea. I would love for you to share it!

deladybex (author)2012-03-04

What a cool looking shoe and no one else wiil have it once you make it your own! humm grreat idea WAtch out for designers to steal it now? Thanks

tqwerty (author)2012-03-03

These are so awesome, and the stripes make it look even better!
Great job!

midsummermuse (author)2012-03-02

Wow! What a great idea :-D

ashbegash (author)2012-03-02

Oh So Cute!! =)

sunshiine (author)2012-03-02

How cute is this! I love it! Thanks for sharing scoochmaroo!

Spookeriffic (author)2012-03-02

These are supercute.

babasfarmlife (author)2012-03-02

Very cute idea and makes it so much easier to put your shoes on! Love it!

Kryptonite (author)2012-03-02

Easy and simple, and oh-so elegant. I love how the stripes look like shoelaces, they look so cool!

FlatLinerMEDIC (author)2012-03-01


tinker234 (author)2012-03-01

wow thank you i have not been able to tie due to a medical issue now i can wear requalar shoes

iamkeebler (author)2012-03-01

Love it!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-03-01

I love these elastic laces (and your tights or socks or whatever you are wearing in the first picture)!

AngryRedhead (author)2012-03-01

Cute, cute, cute!

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