- Nov 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm #3563737
Has anyone added heel straps to flip flops? My Teva Katavi flip flops are my go to sandal and I would love to hike more in them but a heel strap would really make them that much better when going up and down hills. Here is what they look like. Any ideas?Nov 12, 2018 at 6:50 pm #3563746
Mike BBPL Member
Brad what if you put a hole in the existing strap that you could loop some cord or a strap through.
Pardon the terrible drawing, but something like this?
Nov 12, 2018 at 7:51 pm #3563761
- This reply was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by Mike B. Reason: edit: spelling / engrish
That could work. It’s a thick material but maybe sew some type of nylon strap and put velcro on the ends so it could be adjusted? I would have to sew the velcro on as well. Not sure how it would feel rubbing on the heel. Or maybe something like this?Nov 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm #3563782
Mike BBPL Member
To try it out you could loop the strap or tie some cord around instead of putting a hole through it.Nov 12, 2018 at 10:40 pm #3563787
I bet padded trekking pole hand staps would work well.Nov 12, 2018 at 10:45 pm #3563788
JCH – Interesting idea. I have seen some DIY straps with neoprene on the inside for comfort here as well.Nov 19, 2018 at 3:46 am #3564792
Pierre-Yves CBPL Member
There are many examples of DIY sandals you could get inspiration from. Try searching for “huaraches” too, or go to xeroshoes.com.
On one model I made, I used a fabric elastic exercise resistance band, simply knotted through large eyelets. One another one I used a piece of inner tube. Both worked well. Overall, I found that a large band was much mode confortable on the heel than a thin cord like the front straps I used on the sandals.
Looking at your model of sandals, it looks like you could easily punch the strap and add 2 eyelets, not the lighest solution, but easier than sewing thick fabric IMO.Nov 19, 2018 at 6:52 pm #3564861
Thanks Pierre. The elastic material seams like a good idea. Having paracord tight enough to not slip off the heel may cause pain at the toe strap as it’s forcing it into the foot.Dec 10, 2018 at 6:28 pm #3568346
Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara
I once used my shoelaces as heel straps on a pair of flip-flops. Basically doing what Mike B’s picture shows but without punching any holes. I think I both wound the laces behind my heels and across over the top of my foot. It worked well enough to hike for 15 miles, or the rest of that day. I had really bad blisters on my toes that day.Mar 11, 2019 at 3:12 pm #3582902
When I hiked the AT I took a pair of hiker box flips, cut off the plastic thong thing (I ALWAYS get blisters between my toes) and used zpacks elastic cord to do a xero-shoes no-toe style lacing (like tevas). I used these in camp and in showers (also 2 nasty water crossings). They served their purpose for less than 3 oz total. That being said they weren’t worth it for me to take with me on future trips.Mar 13, 2019 at 5:23 am #3583257
I switched to using sandals exclusively 10 years ago. I hiked Mt. Whitney in sandals and run ultras. here is a pic of what I use:Mar 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm #3585796Mar 28, 2019 at 3:02 am #3585875
Those are sandals I make. The pic is of sandals I first started making 10 years ago. They look a little different now but same style. They’re the BEST!Mar 28, 2019 at 4:36 am #3585885
Rad! They look great. Looks like cork, foam, rubber soles. Is that neoprene under the adjustable strap? How long are they lasting you?Mar 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm #3585941
Ben… I have made them with EVA midsole, 2mm Vibram climbing sole and leather or cork top. Yes cushioning under the adjustable strap is 3mm neoprene. I’ve run a few ultra’s in them. Milage… I measured once a few years ago and got 1500 miles out of a pair but… I have a pair now that I figure I’d just keep using them till they fall apart. They are wearing out on the bottom ( I keep layering with LiquiSole) and the tops are wearing down to the EVA.Mar 28, 2019 at 4:40 pm #3585942
I would like to hike the TRT this summer and looks like there will still be snow so I have Neoprene booties and cleats to wear with my sandals… I’ll see how they do! Ha!Mar 28, 2019 at 7:24 pm #3585966
Awesome! Thanks for all the info.
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