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This method works best on thin leather shoes, since thick material will be difficult to sew. This method will make your shoe more narrow and harder to slip off, but if your shoe is much too long for you, use the water method. If your shoes are much too large, try using both methods for more pronounced results. Try the water method first so you have a better idea of how tightly you should sew the band.
Cut a piece of elastic intended for clothing. These elastic bands may be found at craft and sewing shops or online. You only need a piece a couple inches a few centimeters long. If you prefer, cut off a larger piece for easier manipulation, then cut off the excess once the band is sewed on. Fix the band to the heel of the shoe. Stretch the elastic band across the inside heel of the shoe.
Stretch until it extends tightly across the back of the heel, then use safety pins or hairpins to fix it to each side. You may find it easier to pin the band to one side of the heel, then stretch the other side of the band across the heel and pin it again.
Make sure the band can be pushed back against the heel so you are able to sew it. If the band is stretched too tight and there is a gap between the heel and the band that cannot be pushed closed with a light touch, unpin it and fasten it slightly farther back to make it a little looser. Sew the band onto the shoe. Use a needle and thread to sew the band onto the shoe, then tie off the thread once you're done.
If you would like more detailed sewing instructions, read the article How to Sew. Remove the pins once the band is fastened. A curved needle may be easier to use. Try on the shoes.
The band should pull the shoe to a narrower position around your heel, preventing the shoe from slipping off. If the shoe is still too long or extends too high above your foot, consider stuffing the toe with tissue paper or inserting a thicker insole. Stuff the toe with tissue paper. If the shoe is too big in the toe, a small bundle of tissue paper may prevent the shoe from slipping. Cloth or newspaper may work as well, but you may wish to walk around at home for an hour to see if it is comfortable before leaving the house.
Add a thicker insole. If there is a gap between the top of your foot and the shoe, you would probably benefit from a thicker insole. Any rough bits of leather that rub against the skin can be filed down with an emery board. Try walking in the sandals on various types of surfaces, such as carpet, linoleum, hardwood and tile. If the soles of the sandals feel slippery, rub them with coarse grit sandpaper to generate traction. If the soles seem to stick, rub them down with cornstarch or talcum powder.
Purchase a moisturizer which has been formulated specifically for use on leather. Pour the conditioner onto a soft, clean cloth or a cotton ball, and apply liberally to the straps of your sandals. This can help soften the leather and make the sandal straps less likely to rub. If the leather is still extremely stiff after moisturizer has been applied, repeat the application as many times as necessary, until the straps are soft and flexible.
Let them sit like this for two days, or until the glue has dried. Trim away the broken threads and frayed, leather pieces in the damaged area of the strap. Roughen the broken strap edges with sandpaper to help the glue bond to the leather. Rejoin the broken strap edges temporarily with a strip of masking tape that is small enough that it doesn't block your sight of the original stitching holes.
Thread a handheld leather needle with size nylon thread and knot the thread ends together tightly. Insert the needle through the strap's original stitching holes, starting from the underside. Sew across the broken section on the top and bottom strap edges. Extend the stitching several inches past the broken area.
Remove the masking tape. Apply a drop of leather glue between the broken strap edges and clamp them together with binder clips. Leave them clamped until the glue dries. Cut a 2-inch-long strip of matching leather if the thread and glue repair does not hold.
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