Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DIY Gladiator Shoes

Primus was invited to go to a theme park that had a water area with a friend.  I figured she should wear sandals that she could keep on her feet all day, from roller coaster to water slide. Alas, she only had a pair of cheap flip flops.  But we also knew that she would need "gladiator shoes" for her Amazon Woman costume for Halloween this year. So we went shopping! Two birds, one stone.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to find anything in the price range I wanted.  Fortunately, we found a great alternative!

These tan colored flip flops were on sale for $10, down from $20.  Yay!  Next we bought 2 packages of 72 inch brown boot laces.  (They were way longer than we needed, so some was cut off after measuring.)

She's been experimenting with how she wants to wrap and tie them.  I think they look better with the bow/knot behind her calf, but she doesn't feel confident in her ability to tie it tight enough when she can't see it.

We tied one lace to each side of the flip flop strap and put a dot of hot glue in the knot to make sure it didn't come undone.  Then they were crossed behind her heel and the laces were tucked under the strap on the other side.  Then she just crisscrosses them a few times up her leg and ties them together.

We were both super pleased with how they turned out.  And I'm told they worked really well for her all-day adventure!

Also, I'd like to note that these flip flops are women's size 10.  Size 10. Women.  She's only 11 years old!  Granted, these shoes are quite narrow and appear to run smaller than other shoes (the tennis shoes she's currently wearing are women's 8.5).  But still!  She's going to have giant feet like her mommy (I'm size 11.5 or 12).  She's always been tall for her age and I've always called her my little future "Amazon Woman." She is so excited for this Halloween's costume!

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