How to add ankle straps to shoes

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How to add ankle straps to shoes
Go ahead---add that strap to make your shoes more form-fitting. (buckle shoe white strap elegant feet foot sexy image by Paul Retherford from

Discovering that your shoes are too big after purchasing them can be frustrating---they can bring on discomfort, blisters, bruises and may even cause you to trip and fall. This is especially hazardous when wearing heels. Even if your shoes are a little bit too big, you can help alleviate the problem by adding an ankle strap. This can help make the shoes safer and more comfortable, while also adding a bit of style and flair.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Leather or thick fabric that matches your shoes
  • 2 strips of matching leather or thick fabric about 1/2-inch thick, and twice as long as the circumference of your ankles
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Cut your leather or thick fabric into a strip 2 inches long and 1/2-inch wide.

  2. 2

    Fold the 2-inch-by-1.5-inch piece in half lengthwise, pressing the two ends together.

  3. 3

    Sew the two ends together using a whip stitch. This should create a loop about 1-inch high.

  4. 4

    Attach the loop of leather or fabric to the inside centre of the topline of the shoe (the part that covers your heel); position the loop against the interior of the topline so that only about 1/4-inch of the strip is inside the shoe, with 3/4-inch of the strip extending upward.

  5. 5

    Sew the strip into the topline of the shoe with needle and thread.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps 1 through 5 for the other shoe.

  7. 7

    Slide the longer lengths of fabric through the loops you have attached to the shoes and tie them around your ankle at the desired length.

Tips and warnings

  • You can switch up the look of your ankle straps by swapping in ankle straps from other shoes, or using ribbons or other types of fabric.

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