Sandals today are no longer simple products that will cost you only a few dollars. In a time where plenty of people are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of products, the basic sandal has also increased in price. One of the best ways to work around this is by making your own sandal. In reality, making your own sandals is very inexpensive, easy, and makes for high quality sandals that will not wear out easily. You can use a variety of materials to create your own sandals. The tire sandals are quickly growing in popularity. However, the leather and cork sandals are still one of the best bets for you since these are very comfortable and can be quite stylish if you know how to design them. Here are the steps.
- Cut out the cork. First, take a piece of cork and use a pencil to sketch the outline of your foot onto the material. Leave at least half an inch of space from the cork outline, so that your feet will have room to move freely. The extra space will also be used for attaching the straps and laces that will keep your sandals on your feet. Use a large shearing scissor to cut the cork out, or a sharp cutter.
- Create the soles. To create the soles of the sandals, you need to cut out a piece of ply wood board using the same dimensions as the corkboard. Use a saw to cut through the wood, and then proceed to polishing the edge of the wood to remove bits of splints that can snag on your legs as you use the sandal. Connect the cork and the plywood board together using an adhesive such as Might Bond or Loctite. These will usually suffice to keep the two surfaces sandwiched tightly together.
- Create the heels. To create the heels for your sandals, you need to take another piece of cork. Cut it to fit the contours of the heel part of the sandals. Keep in mind that you have the liberty of choosing the height of the heels. In general, however, keep the heels short so that the sandals will be comfortable when worn. Use glue to attach this to the rest of the sandals.
- Create notches for the straps. Create two notches or slots on the sides of the sandals near the toes. This will allow you to use a leather strap to keep the sandals attached to your feet. Create another two holes near the ankles where you can wind the ankle strap. Once the notches are in place, the next step is to cut out leather straps that will fit into the slots and holes. You may have to use pliers to fit these straps into the holes.
- Add leather laces or buckles. Once the straps are in place, you can add the buckles for the leather straps. Old sandals and bags usually have buckles that you can salvage by using them on your sandal. Once the buckles are attached, you will only need to let the glue used in the sandal to set overnight.
Once you have gotten the hang out of making your sandals, you can start to focus on creating fashionable sandals that will go well with the rest of your wardrobe. With attention to details, making your own inexpensive footwear comfortable and good-looking is easy.