May 29th, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

DIY: How To Fix A Broken Sandal

how to fix a broken flip flop
If you’re a fan of the rubber flip flop, you know that blow-outs are inevitable at some point of said flip flop’s lifespan. And as experience tells us, major breaks rarely happen when you’re flopping around the house or on a nice soft-sand beach. Nope. They happen when it’s 100 degrees out and you have to traverse boulders before walking home on scorching asphalt…up hill, both ways. Which leaves us to think that anyone posting a quick fix for a broken flip flop with materials found at your house (but rarely in your purse/beach bag), may not be the rubber sandal-wearing DIYer they claim to be.
Read on for a few choices for the emergency DIY – for when you don’t have access to a shed full of materials…

fixing a broken sandal
* Option 1: Plastic Bag
Unfortunately (but circumstantially fortunately for you), you can usually find a plastic bag at most beaches. So you’ll be fixing your sandal while saving a cute marine animal from choking on plastic. Double bonus. A clean doggie bag works best, but If you have a larger plastic bag, just remove a piece of the bag. Twist the bag, and tie one end around the bottom of the broken post of your flip flop.
Thread the twisted bag trough the sole, and pull the post through. Tie a few knots in the bag to keep it from pulling back up through the hole.


fixing a broken sandal
* Option 2: Hair Tie
My personal favorite of the 3 options, as there are typically a few floating around my beach bag.
Just pull the flip flop post back through the hole in the sole from whence it came, and twist your hair tie around the post a few times (the same as you would if you were tying your hair up). The extra bulk should help the post from popping out.


fixing a broken sandal
Option 3: Washer or Bread Bag Tie
We don’t suppose you’ll have either on hand in an emergency situation, but people have brought stranger things to the beach, so you never know.
Though possibly the least practical, it’s the easiest of all three methods. Just replace the post through the flip flip hole as noted above, and slip the bread bag tie or washer around the bottom of the post. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, opt for the washer.

Over the rubber flip flop for good? Check out a few SWELL-approved picks for break-free sandals:
leather sandals
Pictured: TKEES | Reef Sandals | Billabong Sandals

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