Some months back I found another craft site much like Pinterest, called Craftgawker. It is like Pinterest in that many craft posts are collected from craft blogs (or food blogs, or design blogs) from around the Internet and you can save them for later. The first day I looked at it I found a picture of platform flip flops. Being a southern girl, I know that flip-flops are essential during summer, so I made a mental note. Once the plain flip-flops came back at work I grabbed a few pairs and got busy. I figured that the wedge style flip flop was much more my style as well as more ergonomic. If you have heard anything about foot health you know that podiatrists say that if you can fold your shoes in half, then they do not offer nearly enough support. Most inexpensive flip flops that you find fold under the slightest pressure, but stacking them gives them much more stability. I decided to build an arch support of sorts into mine and I found them to be much more comfortable than a single layer flip-flop. After trying my pair out my mom requested a pair for herself so here we are with this tutorial. In case anyone was wondering, this is the Mark Montano blog post that inspired these flip-flops: http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com/2014/04/color-blocked-wedge-flip-flops-diy.html?m=1
Flip Flops from Michael’s crafts.
3 pairs of flip-flops, same size. May be the same color or several.
Hot glue gun and several hot glue sticks
Craft knife (I made do with my hubby’s pocket knife)
Take two pairs and cut the plastic thongs off.
I find it easiest to cut the thong between the toe from the top of the flip-flop.
For the side straps you may go from the top …
… or from the bottom.
Next, take the flip flops that you are using for the middle and mark them, as evenly as possible, where you want to cut them.
Then, using your craft knife, cut along your line on an angle. The longer your angle the easier it will be to glue things later on. You actually want your angle longer than this one. This is only the second pair I’ve ever made so I’m still going through trial and error. Don’t worry about the cut being rough, you won’t see this part.
The next step is to glue the bottom to the middle. Here is where you have to strike a balance between enough to hold it together and so much is squishes out. I believe a high temp glue gun works better than a low temp glue gun, and so if it seeps out you can get a nasty little burn. then simply line up your edges and hold tight until the glue cures.
Now, one word of warning, this is foam similar to can/bottle coozies, so it has insulating properties and it may take a minute or two for the hot glue to cool enough.
At this point I do the top layer in two parts. I glue the toe down first.
And then I line everything up and hold it until the glue cools.
Then I put a bunch of hot glue on the area from the arch support back to the heel, concentrating on the point where the middle layer starts. Unfortunately I didn’t think to take a picture at this point. I pay a lot of attention to the front point of the middle layer because if you don’t add a little extra glue and hold it tight then you wind up with a gap, as seen in the picture at the top. Here is where it comes in handy having the angle cut long. It forces the top and bottom layer apart less.
In gluing the top layer to the middle and bottom layers I put my “big girl booty” to good use and sat on the flip-flops until the glue cooled.
The last step is optional, but I did it to help keep pebbles/sticks/debris out of the holes on the bottom from where the plastic thongs were cut away. I filled the holes with hot glue but you could always try to glue the original pieces of plastic back in.
Of course they don’t look exactly like the ones perfectly molded, store bought. But personally it didn’t matter to me because I’m not one to wear flip-flops anywhere more public than my back yard.
I hope you get some ideas of your own and have fun!