How to Fix Thong Sandals

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Thong sandals are a staple in most wardrobes during the hot summer months, so what do you do if one breaks while you’re out at the beach or running around town? Here are three quick fixes to get you back up and going without having to buy a new pair.

How to fix thong sandals.
How to fix thong sandals. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Things You'll Need

  • Broken thong sandal
  • Safety pin OR
  • Hair ties OR
  • Rope or shoe lace
Supplies for fixing broken thong sandals.
Supplies for fixing broken thong sandals. (Image: Angie Diersman)

The Temporary Fix: Rotate the Rubber Stud and Reattach the Strap

If the rubber stud is still in tact but slipped through the hole, rotate the stud to the side and push it back through the hole. Rotating the stud will prevent it from popping out again.

Push rubber stud back through the sole.
Push rubber stud back through the sole. (Image: Angie Diersman)

The Quick Fix: Use Safety Pins to Secure the Broken Straps

Reattach the straps to the sandal using the above method. Then, push a safety pin through the base of the rubber stud and close. Pull the strap tight so it is flush with the sole. The safety pin will prevent the strap from coming loose.

Push safety pin through base of rubber stud.
Push safety pin through base of rubber stud. (Image: Angie Diersman)

The Resourceful Fix: Use a Hair Tie to Make New Straps

Remove the old strap from the sole. Use scissors to make the hole larger if you have trouble pulling the strap off. Create new straps by wrapping two hair ties around the sole.

Remove rubber strap from base of sandal.
Remove rubber strap from base of sandal. (Image: Angie Diersman)
Create new straps with hair ties.
Create new straps with hair ties. (Image: Angie Diersman)

The Creative Fix: Use Rope or Shoe Laces to Make a New (and Better) Sandal

New straps can be made with rope or an old shoe lace. Cut the rope in half and pull both strands through the top hole from front to back. Tie the two strands into a double knot. Make sure the knot is large enough that it won't slide back through the hole.

Pull two strands of rope through top hole.
Pull two strands of rope through top hole. (Image: Angie Diersman)
Tie two strands into a double knot.
Tie two strands into a double knot. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Next, make the side straps. From the top, pull each rope through the side holes. Tie a double knot from the backside to secure.

Pull each strand through the side holes.
Pull each strand through the side holes. (Image: Angie Diersman)
Tie each strand into a double knot.
Tie each strand into a double knot. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Get creative with the style! Finish the sandal by criss crossing the rope around your ankle and leg. Or if you would like a simple look, trim the extra rope off just above each knot, making a new strap.

Criss cross the rope around ankle and leg.
Criss cross the rope around ankle and leg. (Image: Angie Diersman)
Create new straps with rope.
Create new straps with rope. (Image: Angie Diersman)
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