Sandal season is in full swing. We’re loving all sorts of inventive new ways to style your favorite pair of flat sandals, but what happens when you want to add an extra oomph of style to some of your old kicks? We’ve created four bona fide Brit + Co. hacks for that! Here are a few easy, chic, and trendy ways to trick out your sandals.
– seed beads
– soft leather (to make fringe)
– colored hemp cord
– quick hold E-6000 glue
– gold studs
– needle nose pliers
– fabric scissors
We started with 4 pairs of sandals found at TJ Maxx and Ross. This is great hack for sandals you already have, or new ones that you want to personalize.
1. Ankle Fringe: Our fringe addiction continues!
Measure the straps of your sandal and cut pieces of leather to match. Use fabric scissors to fringe the leather – just make sure you don’t cut all the way to the top. Use hot glue to secure on each strap, and you’re done.
These would be a great way to jazz up a basic sundress or maxi skirt, don’t you think?
2. Studded Straps: When in doubt, stud it up. When we saw these sandals, the gold round button inspired us to cover them in studs, just to make them a little hotter.
We used a mix of gold studs for this one, large and small. Use a safety pin to create holes in the leather before pressing studs through. Use needle nose pliers to press through and secure on the other side. Continue for as many studs as you’d like to add.
Seems like these could be this summer’s more subtle take on the gladiator-style sandal.
3. String Stripes: To add a pop of color to your favorite sandals, try creating one accent piece with colored string. We used hemp cord as it’s more sturdy than embroidery floss.
Use a toothpick to dab glue onto your sandal and spread into a thin layer. Wrap the string around and pull tight. Change colors after about an inch and a half and continue around one strap.
These might be our favorite of the bunch – they go with just about everything!
4. Beads, Beads, and More Beads: One of our favorite recent hacks is using glue to attach beads (instead of sewing them into place). We first discovered this when creating our trio of sparkling accessories.
To do this, dab glue onto your sandal and press beads on. Repeat until you’ve covered one strap of your sandal. It’s as easy as that! After you let them dry for about an hour, it’s a good idea to shake to get rid of excess beads.
We’re loving all the colors and texture in these newly beaded sandals.
Which of our embellished sandals is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.