GENIUS Hack to Help Ankle Strap Heels Fit Better

2 Materials
2 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add a hole to a shoe ankle strap.

Is your ankle strap loose? Has it been living a wild and care-free life, just orbiting your ankle and not sitting on it?

Safety pin and bobby pin

All you need to fix it is a needle or safety pin and a bobby pin. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Safety pin or needle
  • Bobby pin
Marking hole

1. Mark the hole with the buckle

Mark where you want the hole to be by firmly pressing the tooth of the buckle into the leather. 

Creating hole

2. Create the hole with a pin or needle

Press your pin through that spot.

Separating bobby pin

3. Separate the bobby pin

Grab your bobby pin and separate it with your fingers.

Stretching hole

4. Stick the bobby pin through the hole to stretch it

Stick one of the sides through that hole. Wiggle it around a little to stretch out the hole.

Bobby pin and safety pin

5. Repeat

Repeat on the other shoe. 

Genius hack to help ankle strap heels fit better

Genius hack to help ankle strap heels fit better

Just like that, you’re ankle-in for a perfect fit. Let me know if this simple hack to refit your ankle straps works well for you!

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Suggested materials:
  • Safety pin or needle
  • Bobby pin

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  • Lalee Lalee on Mar 30, 2024

    I’ve used metal shush kabob sticks..nice pointed end and just about the sz needed..

  • Camilla Camilla on Mar 30, 2024

    I use an awl, ( it is a tool) or an ice pick.