Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.35.00 PM We have just been obsessing over gladiator sandals for the summer, what we are not fond of is the steep prices for them. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one immediately smitten with the Alexander Wang gladiator heels (and indeed all the gladiator styles that are around this season) when they hit the runway late last year, I knew straight away that I had to find a great DIY for this summer. I love these flat sandals because of wearability – perfect festival and beach wear. We found a great DIY by, that will make you go to the craft store and get started on your own pair.
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You need:

  • At least 5 yards of leather (or faux leather) trim (try to match the material and width of the straps of your flats as much as possible)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Flats (I used these simple H&M ones)
  • E6000 glue
  • 6 press stud buttons
  • A multi hole punch tool
  • Optional: some pvc or wire to stiffen the main gladiator spine
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    How to: 1. Start by deciding how many strips you want to go around your legs, I went with three to keep it simple and almost geometric looking. Then measure your calf in the places you want to put the strips.Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.35.21 PM

    2. Cut the leather into pieces, I did three pairs matching the different widths of my leg and one pair of long strips to go vertically down the front of my leg and connect to the flat.Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.35.27 PM

    3. The top long piece is for the front of the leg while the other pieces are for around the leg.

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    4. I then glued the long strip onto the front of the flat, I took it all the way down to the edge so the materials matched up.Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.35.45 PM Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.35.39 PM

    5. This is optional. Depending on how stiff your leather is you may want to glue on some sort of reinforcement to the underside of long strip that goes up the front of the leg, just so it doesn’t bow out or bunch up. You can use wire or a strip of PVC like I did. This isn’t absolutely necessary but may help with the overall aesthetic.

    Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.35.51 PM6. Glue on the horizontal straps.

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    7. Let them dry overnight.Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.36.08 PM

    8. Measuring around your leg to work out where the stud button should go at the back, make a hole with the hole punch.Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.36.13 PM9. Insert the screw on the underside and attach the stud top on the right side.

    10. Finally, make a hole in the other side so you can attach the strap by pushing it on and off the stud button.

    Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.36.20 PM Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.44.12 PMScreen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.44.29 PMVoila! All done!