Sandals are great for hiking, but they’re not for the average gym user, so I had to figure out a way to avoid the worst of them.
I also wanted to see if they’d hold up to a couple of weeks in the tub.
Luckily, the only complaints I heard were about the price.
So here’s how to make your own pair of sandals.
The Cost of a Pair of Sandals 1.
Cut a hole in the sole of your sandals (a few inches below the ankle).
Tape the hole closed with a 1/4″ seam allowance, making sure to get all the way through.
Cut the sole away from the ankle.
Take a 3/8″ or longer strip of nylon thread (or another flexible thread) and thread it through the hole in your sandal.
Tuck the nylon thread through the end of the seam, so it’s just behind the heel of your boot.
Wrap the thread around the sole and fasten with Velcro or other fasteners.
Tape your sandaled foot to your shoe with a few small zip ties, so that the bottom of your shoe is hidden from the inside of your foot.
A few more steps for making your own sandals: 1.
Lay a strip of twill tape across the heel and ankle.
Thread a loop of the twill to the bottom heel of the sandal, leaving a 1″ hole in it. 3-5 feet is a good starting point for sandals; if you’re more comfortable with longer, tapered heels, you might want to go up to 10-12 feet.
4-6 feet is best for the more athletic types.
For a beginner, I’d recommend getting some extra sandals for extra comfort.
If you’re a hardcore gym shopper, I think that’s a good compromise.
I also made a little piece of foam tape to hold the top of the heel to the sandals’ surface and to protect the foot from water.
I’m not sure how well this will hold up under water, but it does provide extra support.
Sandals are expensive.
But you can make your very own pair for less than $15!
(via National Review)