Step 1: Materials
Also, this Instructable contains two designs. In the second you replace the old shoes with an old pair of flip-flops.
-One pair of shoes (Preferable Sandals), new or old, with a sturdy sole.
-100 feet of Paracord to be safe. As many colors as you like. (I picked black and white for contrast)
-The basics of any project, duct tape (Just in case) and a Swiss Army Knife (Scissors could stand in).
-A hot glue gun.
-Matches and a candle, or a lighter. Either will do.
-Access to a sink if you intend to clean the shoe components.
Step 2: Separating and Cleaning the Sandal
If you have access to a sink, and if your sandals are anything like mine, I would suggest a very in depth cleaning. Dirt settles into the pockets underneath the sole, and the insole usually collects a lot of sweat.
Step 3: Making the Over the Top Straps
To start, take a long piece of your cord and hold it in half. The rule for length is usually one foot of cord per inch of stitch, plus 18 or more inches for safety. It's much better to have extra at the end than not enough. The pictures below show you how to loop the cord and how you go from there to the Cobra Stitch. You continue it until you hit the insole on the other side. Cut off the extra, but leave two inches or so and pull the knot very tight. Hot glue the entire Strap from the bottom, gluing down the extra two inches as well.
Repeat as necessary :-) The longer the strap, the more cord you need. If you don't want a back, you can leave off the large curved one.
Step 4: Gluing the Insole Into the Base
Also, make sure all the pieces are put back inside the shoe. It'd be worth rechecking.
Step 5: Front to Back Lacing
Step 6: Show It Off :-)
-Thanks to my sister for modeling!
(The next few steps outline another idea, this time for a Paracord flip-flop.)
Step 7: Removing and Relacing the Flip-Flop Straps
Start by removing the original uncomfortable plastic strap by pushing the large diameter rubber pieces out of the bottom and cutting them with the pocket knife. Some will be harder than others. Don't throw away the plastic, but measure it instead, and cut an appropriate amount of Paracord plus some, about two feet this time. Never cut too little. Fold it in half, and thread it threw one of the two holes in the back, following the picture as a guide. Bring both lengths forward, and make sure they are appropriately proportioned to the original plastic strap. When you come to the front, take a pinch out of the bottom rope, and force it through the toe hole. Tie a knot in the bottom and follow the pictures for a guide. make sure the cord that will be going between your toes is long enough. Keep it proportional. From there, lace it back through the other hole in the back. Again, proportion to the original strap is key.
Step 8: Completing the Cobra Stitch
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When you pass the toe string, continue to the other one of the two back holes.
Step 9: Finishing the Strap
Step 10: Strut It Out! and Imagine the Possibilities...
This Instructable is really about a concept more than a blueprint. Your design is open to your own interpretation. Have fun with it!