Handmade colorful sandals just in time for summer!
I love flip flops and sandals in general so it is only natural that I have all kinds of ideas for different designs. Many of my designs feature braids of some description.
The 5-braid strap on the yellow and black sandals was fun to construct and the wider strap provides additional comfort. The toe piece is also a narrow traditional 3-braid.
The natural-looking sandals are a leather that was stamped with a basket weave pattern. Initially, I was worried that the pattern would feel uncomfortable on a person’s foot but it’s actually quite nice. There are no sharp indentations on the leather so even though you can feel the basket weave pattern, it is very smooth. The stamped pattern did provide difficulties when sewing the upper sandal vamp piece as the material was not smooth on the underside. This caused the material to have a tendency to bunch up and curl when I would attempt to sew the varying groove thicknesses in a straight line. I am still working on ideas to correct this going forward without adding unnecessary thickness to the piece.
The blue and brown braided flip flops are the same pattern from my previous post about the first flip flops that I made seen here (and still wear ALL the time) but with slight variations to the pattern and the placement of the straps.
These are just a few of my simpler designs. I am working on many more that include beading, jewels, and/or other fun accessories that add just the right amount of flair.