How to Fix Stretched Out Slingback Shoes

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!

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!

14 thoughts on “How to Fix Stretched Out Slingback Shoes

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      Lol, you don’t know the half of it! My perpetual ADD has given me expertise in many random areas of life. I know how to properly season a cigar humidor, how to clean a car battery, how to get oil stains out of clothes, and how to make the world’s best hot cocoa. My gypsy ways will never cease 🙂

  1. Court

    I have a pair of heels like this, however it only has the elastic and no buckle. Any idea on how to fix them?

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      I would just snip the elastic in half, overlap the loose elastic and stitch it back together (I would stitch a square just to make sure it is really sewn down well), tightening it enough that they will fit better. Hope this helps!

    2. Homemaker Chic Post author

      Make sure to snip it toward the side, so your repair isn’t right at the back of your heel. That would probably be uncomfortable rubbing against your skin.

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      I would just ask the associate at your local sewing or craft store for the strongest thread and elastic they sell. And stitch it in an x pattern and then in a rectangle around the x.


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