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Date: 11/14/12 8:09 AM

I only wear flats or espadrilles and favor ballet types for any dress-up. With a narrow arch, the best fitting ones have straps across the top. I want to add straps to other flats and embellishments like flowers to plain ones.
Wide band colored elastics work for this--has anyone done this with a hand needle or super-strong glue? Regular bands are always anchored either on the outside heel or the inside under the lining.

Local shoe shops want almost as much to add straps as a sale shoe costs!
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Date: 11/14/12 10:05 AM

gramma b - I have added a strap and it was doable by hand. Probably would have been easier with an awl or something to put the hole in the leather before sewing it. The important thing is to protect your hands.

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In reply to tourist

Date: 11/14/12 10:38 AM

Probably to keep those dancing shoes on?!
Did you sew near the upper bound edge or further down
with upholstery-type thread & needle and just a regular
straight stitch?
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