Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Two-Minute Tuesday #7: How to Extend the Life of Strappy Sandals

Welcome to Two-Minute Tuesday, where I share quick tips, tidbits, and ideas.

This week I want to share a quick tip on extending the life of your strappy sandals.

How to extend the life of your strappy sandals | Apples to Applique #summer #DIY #tips


I love to wear strappy sandals all summer. They're perfect because I can wear them with jeans and a cute shirt, or with slacks and business casual attire. They look dressier than flip flops, but they're super comfy.

However, I have also noticed that strappy sandals tend to get these annoying stringy things hanging off of the straps after just a few wearings.

How to extend the life of your strappy sandals | Apples to Applique #summer #DIY #tips

Maybe no one else notices, but when I look down at my cute shoes and see these ugly strings, I feel tacky and less put-together. It bugs me because it makes my shoes look much more worn out than they actually are.

Here's a quick tip to help keep your straps looking newer for longer.

First, cut off any existing hanging strings, as close to the strap as possible.

How to extend the life of your strappy sandals | Apples to Applique #summer #DIY #tips

Next, apply a clear sealant on just the edges of the straps. I used Mod Podge because I had it on hand and was out of clear nail polish, but I think clear nail polish would work the best.

How to extend the life of your strappy sandals | Apples to Applique #summer #DIY #tips

Let the Mod Podge or nail polish dry and you're good to go! The sealant should prevent, or at least slow down, the unraveling of any strings on the edge of the straps.

How to extend the life of your strappy sandals | Apples to Applique #summer #DIY #tips

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22 comments:

  1. Lol, those strings bother me too! I've never done anything about them though, now I probably will. :)

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    1. It's such a simple fix, and makes them look so much nicer!

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  2. This is awesome, i am definitely going to do this to my old sandals!

    Jackie
    www.savingadime.com

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    1. Isn't it great giving new life to old things?

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  3. What a brilliant idea. I hate those darn stringy things on my sandals. I even have clear finger nail polish with me this week on vacation, I can't wait to get back to the hotel room to try this. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. I hate them, too! I hope this worked out well for you!

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  4. Nice work! My wife is forever dealing with this..

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  5. Great idea! Why didn't I think of that??!

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    1. Sometimes the simplest things evade us. I wish I had thought of it years ago!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this. =) This will come in handy for me this spring/summer.

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  7. That is wonderful idea. I will use it next time.

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    1. Thanks; I'm glad you found it helpful!

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  8. Nice! I had 9West boots for 10 years! I retired them last year after replacing one heel three years ago. I believe in wearing things to the thread. =) Maybe it's more my sentimental character... I don't think things are easily replaced. I don't buy into "newer and better." Thank you for a wonderful tip! I'll have to bookmark this one~ Blessings~

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    1. I believe in wearing things to the thread, too! And if I can help them last a little longer, I'm all for it. :)

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  9. Why did I never think of that?? I can't tell you how many pairs of shoes have gone in the trash over the years because they started to fray.

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    1. I don't know why I just now thought of it. I've thrown away too many shoes, too.

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  10. How easy was that? Thanks for the tip!

    Val @ artsybuildinglady.blogspot.ca

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  11. Oh wow, I have never thought of doing this. This is a super easy and fun DIY trick.

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    1. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner! Such a quick fix.

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