Say Hello to My Little Flats

IMG_3236I got these new tribal printed Roxy bad boys at TradeHome and I couldn’t be more pleased! Apparently, TradeHome is a store chain that doesn’t spread past the midwest, but if you live near one and you heart comfortable shoes, it’s worth a peek. You won’t find many bargain store prices there, but they make sure the comfort, quality, and style of the shoes they stock are well worth the price.

P.S. Who doesn’t love a little hidden splash of hot pink? These shoes officially contain my favorite insoles. Hmmm, favorite insoles. . .the thing I never knew I always needed!

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Fixing Too-Loose Bobs

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Flats never seem to fit me just right. I’m really between sizes, I think, because  8 1/2’s are too small and 9’s are too loose, so I either have to wear socks with the big ones, hope the small ones stretch, or (as usually happens) not buy them at all. I did fall for these crochet Bobs over the summer, and who wouldn’t? They go with everything! I bought them right before going to a music festival, and it wasn’t  until walking around that I realized they slipped off the back of my feet with each step. Bummer! I obviously couldn’t return them, because I was wearing them at a soggy outdoor festival. Double bummer! So I did what all good seamstresses do. I complained about them for a really long time. . .and then I finally got around to fixing them.

It’s super easy to fix the fit on these. I’m sure it would work with just about any canvas shoe.

Here’s how you do it:gdz

1. Grab that old frenemy of yours, the seam ripper and take out the seam on the side (or wherever the seam is located on your pair.)

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2. Fit the shoe to your foot. Find out how much you need to take out- I had to take a scant 1/2″ off of both sides. Move the fabric over that much, pinning if needed.

 

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3. Sew the new seam. (I used a tight zig-zag stitch so it would be very secure and it doesn’t really show on this fabric.) Trim the excess.

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4. Style and Profile!

Simple, right? You don’t have to be intimidated by mending or altering shoes, especially the canvas and crochet kind that you probably have in your closet. It’s just fabric. If you have a pair that doesn’t fit perfectly, look at how they’re made and what type of material they are. You may be able to figure out how to customize them to fit you like gloves. . . for your feet! Now there’s an image. I’ll leave you guys with that. Have a great weekend!