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DIY Wrapped Gladiator Sandals

DIY Style May 15, 2014

Gladiator styles have continued to be popular this season, which is something I’m rejoicing because a) they look great on b) they’re easy to make and c) they’re so much more interesting than a simple summer sandal. Scary tan lines are one reason not to rejoice, but what with the strapped swimwear and cut out dresses I plan on wearing this season I’m guessing that leg lines are going to be the least of my worries! After you all fell for the Alexander wang inspired style I made last year I couldn’t help but try out another gladiator style. This one’s much easier, although slightly more tedious to put on – but the minimal materials work perfectly for me!

You need:

  • A pair of t-bar black sandals (thesethesethesethese, or these would work)
  • leather strapping that matches the width of the straps of your flats (essential!)
  • scissors
  • glue

How to:

1. Start by measuring out the strapping – I used about 2 metres (2.2 yards) for each leg. Then you want to attach it to your flats. The best way to do this is by weaving it through or under the existing straps until you have half on each side and and then gluing down. You want to make it look as natural as possible in its attachment.

2. You can see what I did was push it through an existing hole in the shoe, but you can also glue it over the top or underneath. Do that for both shoes.

3. Now’s the fun part. You want to weave it around both legs, making sure it is tight enough not to fall down. Make sure you are creating a symmetrical crossing over of the straps. You can go as high as you want  depending on how dramatic you want the look to be.

4. Weave it all the way up and then secure in a bow at the back. Voila!

Wearing: DIY denim cut offs, Witchery collared top, Whistles backpack (hughstreet version here), Karen Walker sunglasses, Coach watch (like this).

Outfit photos by the lovely Sabrina Sikora.


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