how to fix stretched out slingback shoes

Suppose you want to know How To Fix Stretched Out Slingback Shoes, then this article is what you need. It contains how to tighten elastic slingback shoes and how to tighten elastic on sandals. Also, it includes strappy strips.

Today I decided to clean out my closet and I came across these adorable bright happy yellow wedges that I picked up second-hand at Plato’s Closet about a year ago. I couldn’t remember why I never wore them anymore… until I put them on. I noticed that they were slipping off my feet when I walked in them. When I looked closely I saw that the elastic in the sling-back had stretched out completely and made the shoes too big. Immediately I thought, “I can totally fix this!” So I did. Hopefully this will help you to save perfectly good shoes from being tossed!

How To Fix Stretched Out Slingback Shoes

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I started by using a seam ripper and scissors to cut off the stretched out pieces. Just don’t cut the actual leather on the shoe.

The next part was tricky as I tried to finagle the straps into the sewing machine. Definitely remove the arm of the machine if you can, and just work and wiggle the shoe until you can position both pieces of the strap under the foot. This will take some time and working with your specific machine. I also recommend lifting and lowering the foot to help keep the straps in place.

You’ll want to measure the straps on your foot to make sure it is both tight enough to stay on, and loose enough that you can slide into the shoes without unbuckling (as you will now no longer be able to buckle them with this permanent solution.) Stitch the two pieces together by using the manual knob. Don’t use the automatic pedal because it will move too quickly and you need to work slowly to keep the pieces in place as you stitch.

When you stitch one row, flip the shoe around and stitch back the other direction to lock. Basically make a skinny rectangle.

When you are finished, snip off any excess thread and enjoy your new pair of shoes!

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Are you wondering why you are wearing bigger shoes as you get older? Do you think you feet are getting bigger?  Well, that is because they are getting bigger

Nearly 100% of us will need bigger shoes as we get older. Essentially what is happening is that over time our feet slowly flatten out. As they flatten, the arch lengthens and your feet get longer. In addition they splay out and your feet get wider.

Since your feet are getting bigger, you should be wearing larger shoes as you get older. If you are still wearing the same shoes you wore 10 years ago, we can pretty much guarantee that they are too small.

Besides Age, Why Else Do Feet Get Bigger?

1. Weight gain can cause feet to get bigger

If you are carrying extra weight, you are going to carry extra fat everywhere including around your feet with the result of larger feet.

2. Pregnancy can cause feet to get bigger

During pregnancy the same hormones that relax the ligaments of the birth canal also relax the ligaments in the rest of your body including the feet. Since the feet are carrying extra load during pregnancy due to normal weight  gain, the feet will often flatten leading to lengthening and widening of the feet.

How to Stop Your Feet from Getting Bigger

There may not be a way to completely stop your feet from getting bigger. But you may be able to slow the progression. Below are our best suggestions of what you can do to combat the flattening of the foot that occurs with aging, weight gain and pregnancy.

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1. Use arch supports in your shoes

By using arch support to stop the flattening of the feet you may be able to stop or slow the splay that leads to feet getting bigger. The key is to get an arch support that conforms very close to the arch of foot. The closer it grabs your arch the better it will be at stopping your foot from flattening and splaying. Another way to look at this is to wear the highest arched orthotic you can tolerate.

Custom orthotics that are made to betotal contact to the arch of your footwill provide the best support and protection. There are, however, some very good over-the-counter arch supports that will offer excellent protection.

Over-the-Counter Orthotics with the Best Arch Support

For athletic shoes and walking shoes try the FootChair Plus Orthotic with adjustable arch height.  It has a great arch to help stop flattening of the foot plus pads that can be used to increase the arch for even more support. This may help stop the foot from getting bigger over time.

For smaller casual shoes and small athletic shoes (such as soccer cleats) try the smaller version – the FootChair 3/4 Length Orthotic.

For women’s dress shoes, the FootChair Slim Orthotic with Adjustable Arch Support is also is the one we recommend to our patients. This is by far the best OTC arch support we have found for women’s flats and dress shoes. It has a great arch support, a very slim profile and flexes to adapt to most heel heights.

Here is a list of all of our recommended prefabricated orthotics.

2. Wear arch support sandals or slippers anytime you are not wearing shoes

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At times that you are not wearing shoes, for example when in your house, wear sandals or slippers with arch support. The is particularly important if you are on hard, flat surfaces such as hardwood floors.

These arch support sandals will help prevent flattening and splaying of your feet.

The sandal brand with the most supportive arch is currently Vionic. You can see a selection of Vionic sandals and slippers here.

The key to avoiding flattening of the arch is to wear arch support as much as you can – even when at home.

3. Custom orthotics offer more protection against feet getting bigger

If prefabricated orthotics are not providing enough support, we can prescribe use a custom orthotic. Custom orthotics will conform closer to the arch of the foot, so they do a better job stopping your feet from flattening out. In particular a “total-contact orthotic” that hugs the arch of the foot very close will help the the arch from flattening the foot from getting longer.

If you are in the Seattle area contact us for an appointment to find out if you are a good candidate for custom orthotics.

4. Wear stable shoes

Stable shoes that don’t flex too much will also help support your feet and prevent the flattening that leads to larger feet. Our list of recommended shoes can be subscribed to here.

5. Have your feet sized when you buy shoes

Go to specialty shoe stores with well-trained staff and believe the clerk when they tell you that you are no longer a size 8.

6. Lose weight to shrink your feet

Extra weight puts a lot of flattening force on the foot. If you can take off a few pounds you will decrease those harmful forces on your feet.

So our general recommendation is that it is good idea to wear arch supports or custom othotics to help prevent the foot from flattening over time. Stable shoes will also help. These suggestions will probably help slow or decrease the enlargement of your feet, but  regardless of what you do you will probably need a somewhat larger shoe as time progresses.

Most Important for Preventing Your Foot From Splaying and Getting Bigger

If you want to try to limit how much your foot splays out the most important things you can do are to ALWAYS wear arch support as described above and, if you are overweight, then lose some weight.

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1Oliver Cabell Low 1Best minimalist
2Nike Air Max 270Best selling
3Koio Capri CastagnaBest casual
4Axel ArigatoMost stylish
5Adidas OriginalsBest classic
6Lanvin BlackBest dressed up
7Celine Triomphe GoldMost extravagant
8Adidas UltraBoost 21Most comfortable
9Adidas Yeezy BoostMost sought-after
10Balmain B-CourtBest black and white
11Koio Gavia BiancoBest white
12Balenciaga Black SpeedBest all black
13Koio Tempo BiancoBest tennis
14Nike Air Force 1 GTXMost durable
15Nike Air JordanBest high-top
16Nike x SupremeBest collaboration
17Gucci ScreenerBest vintage
18Nike Zoom VaporflyBest runners
19Tom Ford WarwickMost versatile
20Salomon XT-6Best for long walks
21Balenciaga Track 2Best Dad Sneakers
22Nike Air Force 1Best value
23Nike GTS ‘16 TXTBest under $100
24Vans Low TopBest under $50
25Maison Margiela FusionMost expensive
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1. Oliver Cabell Low 1 Frost: Best minimalist men’s sneakers

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Oliver Cabell is making a name for itself, delivering consistently high-quality premium sneakers with simple minimalist design. This sublime pair of all-white sneakers Low 1 is discrete and minimalist yet very stylish. The brand handcrafts all their shoes using ethical factories and materials.SHOP NOW

Axel Arigato is another brand that excels at producing minimalist luxury sneakers with a premium casual look. This pair of white leather sneakers with a discreet golden logo is one of our favourites.

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2. Nike Air Max 270: Bestselling sneakers of the year

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The Nike Air Max 270 is quite simply the most popular men’s sneaker of 2021. This low-top pair comes in a range of colours, shown here in simple black and white. The woven fabric on the upper gives you a lightweight fit and airy feel while Nike’s signature lightweight React rubber sole makes it also one of the most comfortable sneakers to wear all day long.

No wonder the Nike Air Max 270 are the single best-rated sneakers online.SHOP NOW

This alternative Nike Air Max 270 in all-white with a black logo is the most reviewed version on Amazon and can be snatched at a discount.

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3. Koio Capri Castagna: Best casual shoes to wear with jeans

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We absolutely love the Capri Castagna by Koio as our every day sneakers. These simple yet elegant brown leather sneakers are perfect to match with jeans when dressing casually. Koio is a fast-growing online sneaker brand created by two passionate sneakerheads. They design their shoes in the USA and produce them in Italy.SHOP NOW

Another excellent casual sneaker option to wear daily are these classic Adidas Campus in blue suede. Many other colour combinations are available, including timeless white and black.

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4. Axel Arigato Clean 90: Most stylish sneakers

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Nothing beats a pair of swish white men’s sneakers and our favourites have to be these suede beauties by street-smart Swedish label, Axel Arigato. Offering pure understated minimalism, they would go with almost any casual get up and are the perfect addition to your weekend warrior wardrobe. 

Axel Arigato’s Clean 90 Sneaker collection is a real game-changer and we’re definitely tempted to buy multiple pairs. There are heaps of styles available, featuring everything from 3D embroidered birds to zebra print heel tabs. But we appreciate the unfussy sophistication of this white suede pair.

This cool update of the Clean 90 Sneaker classic is handmade from premium suede with a luxurious texture you can’t help but stroke. The black tab in smooth leather offers an aesthetically satisfying contrast. 
With a slightly higher heel, cushioned footbed, and arch support, these Axel Arigato sneakers will provide ultimate comfort from morning until evening, and wherever you end up in between.SHOP NOW

If you’re looking for something edgier, check instead these distressed sneakers by Golden Goose. The Italian luxury shoemaker combines luxury materials, true craftsmanship, and edgy design to the world of men sneakers. The results are some of the most trendy men sneakers of the year with a sought after distressed leather look.

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5. Adidas Originals Superstar: Best classic sneakers

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Every man should have a pair of Adidas Original Superstar in his sneakers collection. Their design is timeless. Some even call them the best sneakers of all time. The shoes come in a variety of colours, but if we have to pick just one, we would recommend the classic white leather with black stripes.SHOP NOW

If you close your eyes and picture one of the most classic sneakers in history, chances are that the Converse Black Chuck 70 will pop into your head. They make for another great choice.

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6. Lanvin suede and patent-leather: Best dressed up sneakers

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If you’re after a nice pair of sneakers to dress up for a business casual look, or even a black-tie party, check this pair of black Lanvin cap-toe in suede and patent-leather. It’s the best sneakers to wear in the office or match with a suit.SHOP NOW

Looking for an all-black sneaker instead, Oliver Cabell has exactly what you need with this Jet Black version of their best-selling Low 1 shoe. The pair is crafted in Italy with calfskin leather and Margom outsoles.

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7. Celine Triomphe Gold High-Top: Most extravagant

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This pair of gold high-top sneakers by French luxury designer Céline is exclusive to 24S, the LVMH-owned online store. It’s a limited-edition sneaker that’s simple, comfortable, and highly desirable. You won’t go unnoticed walking down the street with these on your feet.SHOP NOW

If you’re after shoes with a little bit more peps, check these very red sneakers by Off-White with the brand’s instantly-recognisable tag.

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8. Adidas UltraBoost 21: Most comfortable sneakers

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When Adidas first introduced the UltraBoost, the shoe received rave reviews online for its build quality and comfort. Put the sneakers on your feet, and you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds! The latest version, the Adidas UltraBoost 21, is excellent for running as well. And best of all, the UltraBoost are made from recyclable materials, so they are friendly to our planet.

The Ultraboost are now available in a large range of colours and style. The breathable mesh top is particularly comfortable during the summer to keep your feet cool. It’s also one of the only pair of shoes on our list with true athletic capabilities. You can use them on the track, at the gym, or as your go-to pair on the weekend.SHOP NOW

Pssst: you can snatch a brand new pair of UltraBoost at a discount if you purchase the previous version, the UltraBoost 5.0 DNA, from Adidas here. They are still available in multiple sizes and colours.

For comfort, we really like the Salomon Black Limited Edition XT-6 ADV too. The French shoe manufacturer is seeing a massive increase in their sneaker sales since it became a fashion statement. Even Ralph Lauren and Rihanna started wearing them.

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9. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yecheil: 2021 most sought-after

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The Adidas Yeezy Boost are in such high demand that the only way you could buy a pair right now is on Farfetch or resale website StockX.

The Yeezy, born from a collaboration between Kanye West and Adidas, also make for a great sneaker investment if you plan on selling them back. Their aftermarket price increased by 27% since they first went on sale. They remain one of the hottest sneakers of the year. Hipsters love them for their unique look, sneakers heads love them for their investment value on aftermarket websites.SHOP NOW

We give an honourable mention for this alternative: the Air Jordan 1 Retro High North Carolina to Chicago released in 2021. The classic high-top silhouette remains a timeless hit.

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10. Balmain B-Court: Best black and white sneakers

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With its clean and trendy design, the Balmain White & Black logo B-Court sneakers will keep you comfortable. The shoe is made with high-quality leather and extra padding. The back of the sole features a glossy rubberized trip with the luxury house logo embossed at the heel.SHOP NOW

For a low-key and affordable alternative, check these black and white Puma Roma sneakers. With their timeless design and great value for money, it’s no surprise that they have over 5,500 positive reviews on Amazon.

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11. Koio Gavia Bianco: Pure white sneakers

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Every man should own a pair of pure white sneakers. They are easy to wear with nearly everything, and will instantly freshen up your look. White sneakers don’t have to be boring, however. To be on-trend, check this pair of Gavia Bianco by Koio. Their design is elevated by the addition of rose gold accents on the mountaineering eyelets. The shoe is also very comfortable even after a long day of walking.SHOP NOW

Another great option are the Oliver Cabell Low 1 sneakers in all-white. It’s a great value alternative if you want simple yet stylish white sneakers made with high-quality materials.

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12. Balenciaga Black Speed: All black sneakers

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No list of the best designer sneakers would be completed without a pair of Balenciaga Black Speed. The luxury designer is one of the first to embrace premium sneakers at its fashion show. The high-top stretch knit sneakers in black with black sole features a Memory Sole technology for added comfort and the perfect fit.SHOP NOW

If you want something a little more subtle, try these black leather and black sole Common Projects sneakers. These low-top buffed leather sneakers even come with matching black lace-up closure. Only a discrete serial number stamp in gold-tone is present on the outer side for a touch of style. Yes, you can wear black on black sneakers and still be trendy.

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13. Koio Tempo Bianco: Best tennis sneakers

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The retro-athletic inspired Koio Tempo Bianco has an air of classic tennis shoes with a modern interpretation. The sneakers are indeed built to sustain an entire day of walking around town. They are handcrafted in Italy with premium materials. There is something about the colour matching and edgy yet straightforward design that gives them a great personality. These sneakers would look great with any pair of jeans.SHOP NOW

For a modern take on the tennis sneaker, check this Breeze Knit tennis shoes by American designer Robert Graham. Made with the brand’s signature Breeze technology, the features a rubber cup-sole and EVA midsole. It’s also water-friendly, lightweight and very comfortable.

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14. Nike Air Force 1 GTX: Most durable sneakers

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Made with Gore-Tex, a high tech material that ensures a high level of water resistance, the Nike Air Force 1 GTX are one of the most durable sneakers on the market today. We especially love them in this green khakis colour for a military look. A great reinterpretation of the classic Air Force with modern design details.SHOP NOW

This pair of high-top Converse is another excellent option if you want to invest in sneakers that will stay with you for years. Their design is both durable and timeless.

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15. Nike Air Jordan New Beginnings: Best high-top sneakers

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This 2021 reedition of the 1985 Nike Air Jordan is an absolute gem. It’s sold as part of a pack, combining this Jordan New Beginnings with the Nike Air Ship 1984 reedition. You can’t buy the sneakers online with Nike, but you can snatch a pair on premium resale marketplace StockX. They are currently selling for over ten times their original price!SHOP NOW

Check also this superb collaboration between Converse and Comme des Garçons reinterpreting the classic high-top Chuck 70. This special edition comes with premium materials and a more comfortable sole.

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16. Nike x Supreme SB Dunk Low Jewel Swoosh Red: Best collaboration

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The collaboration between Nike and Supreme has produced many shoes over the years. But one of our all-time favourites is this SB Dunk Low Jewel Swoosh sneaker in red and white. It’s very wearable with just enough street attitude and exciting elements to make people stop and notice. If you’re lucky, you might be able to get them on premium secondhand market StockX.SHOP NOW

Honourable mention for the Nike x Off-White collaboration on this beautiful pine green and orange accent sneaker. Virgil Abloh pays homage to skate culture of the 1980’s with his signature Off-White text on the sides. The Nike Dunk Low Off-White Pine Green is in high-demand in the aftermarket space.

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17. Gucci Screener: Best vintage sneakers

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Gucci nailed the sneakers throwback design with this retro-inspired shoe. Influenced by classic runners from the ’70s, this pair of Gucci Screener sneakers are carefully distressed to look like authentic vintage sports shoes. They are made in Italy and feature an enamelled GG logo at the front.SHOP NOW

Before Under Armor, there was Reebok. The British sports brand defined the 1980s with its classic sneakers. Reebok embodies the ultimate athletic shoes in the 80s. This Reebok Club C Revenge in white and blue leather with a red accent colour is a cool and affordable retro sneaker.

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18. Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit: Best sneakers to run with

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Our absolute favourite running shoes at the moment are the Nike Vaporfly 4% Flyknit. They are hands down the best athletic sneakers on the market today. In fact, they are so good at helping you run faster than the International Association of Athletics Federations is examining if they provide an unfair advantage to athletes who wear them.SHOP NOW

For long-distance running, check the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 21 instead. These sports shoes were built from the ground up to provide support, comfort, and excellent traction for runners. They are available in a range of colours on Amazon here.

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19. Tom Ford Midnight Blue Warwick Suede: Most versatile sneakers

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If you could only wear one pair of sneakers, this beautiful pair from Tom Ford would be our pick. It comes in a variety of colours, but we particularly like this midnight blue suede. It’s easy to wear with everything for a casual to business casual look. Made in Italy from premium materials, this pair of Tom Ford Warwick sneakers is finished with discreet branding, including perforated ‘T’s and gold designer stamps.SHOP NOW

For a good alternative at an affordable price, check these Black OG Old School Vans. Their design is virtually remaining the same year over year, and they can be easily dressed up or down.

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20. Salomon Edition XT-6 Trekking: Best sneakers for long walks

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Born out of a collaboration between Salomon and Fumito Ganryu, these cool sneakers are our favourite for walking through town all day. They are very versatile too. You could easily wear them for a mountain trek or to go to a club, now that they’ve acquired a high-fashion status symbol. This limited edition makes them even more stylish.SHOP NOW

We also love the New Balance 608v5 trainers. They have a bit of a retro sneakers look to them that makes them both very comfortable to walk all day and easy to pair with your jeans for a casual look. These shoes are New Balance’s best sellers on Amazon for men.

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