Shoe Tips: Adding Buckle Holes
After several conversations with friends, I decided do a feature on my blog about how to take care of your shoes and sandals. It is actually inspired by my friends Melissa and Balbino while we were doing the photoshoot back in March. The conversation was about shoes and shoe care and with their encouragement, I’ve been in the process of developing this new feature on my blog.
Let’s start with something simple like adding buckle holes to sandals, belts, and bags. Being petite, sometimes regular sizing does not work with my measurements. As a kid, I would get my dad to punch holes into my sandals, shoes, and belts so that they would fit. My dad usually used a awl but the finish was never as clean as the rest of the holes on my sandals or belts. In college, while walking around the craft store I found a leather hole punch.
It was a godsend. One, it made punching extra holes in leather so much more easier. Two, the finish was much more neater than an awl.
Below is a tutorial on how to add buckle holes. I purchased these sandals from Asos about a month ago. I really loved their single strap construction but when I tried it on, the ankle strap was a little loose. It needed a simple fix, so I’m using them to show you up to add buckle holes on belts and straps.
First measure the space between two holes on your sandal strap or your belt. For this sandal the space between holes is half a centimeter.
Place the measuring tape on the last existing hole and measure out the space for the next hole using the measurement taken earlier.
Mark the measurement with a pencil.
Set the leather punch to the size of the hole needed to make the hole.
Place the leather punch on the pencil mark on the strap. Make sure that it is aligned with the rest of the holes on the strap.
And Voila! Extra buckle holes with a nice finish.
Hope this was helpful. Let me know what you think.