I could not find a lasting pair of flip-flops to wear this summer, so I decided to make my own. After studying my own cheap flip-flops and comparing them to more expensive pairs, I did not find much of a difference. After a few experiments, I figured out how to make a pair that would last and not break down under my feet after a few weeks.
Eventually, I figured out a few things. I’ll share them with you.
You will need:
- · Rubber flooring mats, the kind that link together in children’s rooms, make garage floors or for standing long periods of time
- · Leather or webbing for straps- ½” wide
- · Gorilla glue or other suitable heavy-duty adhesive
- · Measuring and marking tools
- · Utility knife or sharp knife
- · Plastic tubing- ¼” to 3/8″ width
- · Piece of cardboard that is longer and wider than your feet
- · Ruler, curved edges or French curve
Create Your Custom Flip-Flop Pattern
Make a pattern for both feet and mark them right and left. Place your bare foot on the cardboard and trace around it. Mark a spot in between your big toe and the one next to it. Make a mark on each side of your foot where you want the strap to end; usually below the ball of the foot.
It is entirely possible to have two different sized patterns; not everyone has perfectly symmetrical feet. Alternatively, copy a well-fitting worn out flip-flop for a pattern.
Cut Out And Prepare The Layers
Cut out two layers for the flip-flop. Interesting footwear made from a top layer of colorful rubber from children’s floor tile mats with a bottom of heavy-duty rubber flooring mat from a garage floor wears like iron and is very comfortable. Be sure to use the bottom side, that is the side next to the floor as the bottom of the flip-flop.
Mark the places for the straps and cut a hole through the top layer only. Cut out the pieces and ensure the edges are even.
Make The Straps
Cut two strips of webbing longer than your feet for each pair. Thread the ends of two strips through a 1″ long piece of rubber tubing. The rubber tubing prevents the webbing from hurting the toes.
Thread the ends next to the rubber tubing through the toe hole opening and thread at least two to three inches on the bottom side.
Thread each of the strips through the side holes and pull two to three inches through to the back.
Put the flip-flop on the foot and adjust the straps until they are comfortable.
Lay the strips flat on the underside of the top and glue in place with the Gorilla glue. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Attach The Bottoms
Apply Gorilla glue to the underside of the tops and attach the corresponding bottom. Place weights on the flip-flops and allow a drying time of 24 hours. Take care not to have too much excess or the footwear will be stuck to the floor.
Embellish The Flip-Flops
Ribbons, leather or other materials can be glued around the sides to decorate the flip-flops and hide the seams. Attach beads, silk flowers or other embellishments as desired.
Make pairs for the beach, home and anywhere you wear flip-flops. Attach an ankle strap if desired to convert the flip flops into sandals.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse subjects and skills such as DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects, RV’ing and more.