I love flip flops! I probably have more than a dozen pair in my closet right now. If I’m not in heels, I’m either in flip flops or barefoot. So it’s no surprise that as soon as I started dreaming of warm weather, I started the design concept for a custom pair of flip flops for myself.
I used the soles of my Havaianas for the sole pattern and toe thong placement as they fit my feet best. I really like the look of a sole stitch on sandals, so since I do not have a post sewing machine as of yet I had to pound the holes and hand stitch these. I also wanted to test out using a rough edge instead of lasting the leather to an inner sole. I really like the look of the rough edge with this material.
The toe thong piece was trickier than I anticipated (imagine that). For extra durability and longevity, I wanted the upper to be one solid piece instead of separate pieces sewn together. I went through several different designs but this one worked and looked best.
I was a slacker this time and did not take any pictures of these sandals in progress, but as always you can click on the gallery photos for additional commentary.
Tags: Completed shoes