School is out (I hate flip flops)! Summer is here (I hate my fat feet)! Time to hit the pool (my toenails are actually cute, but no one gets to see them)!
Okay, so yeah, I have a love/hate relationship going on with summer. I love not having to wear real shoes, or socks. I’m a barefoot kind of gal – but that’s not allowed in stores, and kind of dangerous at pools. So every year I start The Search. The Search For Shoes That Will Fit. I have extremely wide feet (WW if I can get it), fairly tall feet, but actually normal length feet (size 9ish). Because of this, I have worn a lot of size 10s, a lot of men’s shoes, and a lot of whatever-will-fit-me instead of what-I-want. My go-to shoe in the summer has been cheap Birkenstock knock-offs ($10 or less), which last a year, look like crap, but I can wear them long enough for the sole to wear down to fit my feet.
This year, I found AMAZING shoes, which I love – TOMS knockoffs (because women with fat feet aren’t allowed to wear TOMS). I tried some from Avenue last year, was amazed at how comfortable they were, and nearly broke down in tears when they were falling apart after less than a week of wearing. The Woman Within ones have been worn almost daily for the past 5 months, and are just now starting to get some holes. But amazing as these shoes are – they don’t show off the cute pedicure I splurged on.
And what is the point of having a cute pedicure that only your family gets to see???
After several unproductive shopping trips (including one to Avenue, where the sweet saleswoman was personally mortified that she couldn’t get my feet into anything that would show off my toes), I sighed deeply and began searching the internet. And I found THIS. Kristen is RIGHT, these are Outrageously Comfortable AND Ridiculously Simple! I grabbed a pair of cheap flip flops from Joanns, a quarter of a yard of swimsuit fabric, and went to town with my mom’s help (I wanted to get the fit right, and my plus sized legs don’t fold as neatly and easily as Kristen’s do). TAH-DAH!!!
Look – cute pedicure! I know, fat feet, but cute toenails. 🙂 Look, no shoe is ever going to make my feet look like they should be in a shoe ad, but it shouldn’t be too much to ask that I can have sandals that don’t look like orthopedics.
I did make a couple of changes to Kristen’s original tutorial (watch the video, btw, makes it super clear to understand what she is doing).
- The swimsuit material is fairly thick and . . . um, not squishable (if that makes sense), so the knot in the front of the shoes (between the toes, and through the hole) would be too big to walk on comfortably. Solution: taper the ends of the two sections of fabric until they are half the width, and the knot will easily slip up into the hole in the bottom of the sole.
- Also, my mom is a bit of a worrier, so she suggested I fill the holes with glue to add a layer of security . But be careful what glue you use! There is no point in filling the holes with a water soluble glue (presumably, you will wear flip slops around water – like at a pool). Most of the shoe making resources online say that if you can’t get your hands on Shoe Goo, then Gorilla Glue will work. Again, be careful though – Gorilla glue expands 3x, so do a sample first. You won’t need to fill the hole with liquid Gorilla Glue!
Now I am ready for my next big adventure – our family’s summer vacation in San Antonio. We’ll be getting the final bang out of our Annual Pass buck at Sea World and staying at a resort, where I am already booked for a new pedicure (I’m thinking blue nails this time, what d’you think?? *grins*). And these are WAY better than the disposable foam flip flops spas give you so you don’t mess up your polish.