DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Gladiator Sandals: What you'll need:
At least 5 yards of leather (or faux leather) trim (try to match the material and width of the straps of your flats as much as possible)
Flats (I used these simple H&M ones)
6 press stud buttons
A multi hole punch tool
Optional: some pvc or wire to stiffen the main gladiator spine
How to do it:
1. Start by deciding how many strips you want to go around your legs, I went with three to keep it simple and almost geometric looking. Then measure your calf in the places you want to put the strips.
2. Cut the leather into pieces, I did three pairs matching the different widths of my leg and one pair of long strips to go vertically down the front of my leg and connect to the flat.
3. The top long piece is for the front of the leg while the other pieces are for around the leg.
4. I then glued the long strip onto the front of the flat, I took it all the way down to the edge so the materials matched up.
5. This is how it will look.
6. This is optional. Depending on how stiff your leather is you may want to glue on some sort of reinforcement to the underside of long strip that goes up the front of the leg, just so it doesn’t bow out or bunch up. You can use wire or a strip of PVC like I did. This isn’t absolutely necessary but may help with the overall aesthetic.
7. Glue on the horizontal straps.
8. Let them dry overnight.
9. Measuring around your leg to work out where the stud button should go at the back, make a hole with the hole punch.
10. Insert the screw on the underside and attach the stud top on the right side.
11. Finally, make a hole in the other side so you can attach the strap by pushing it on and off the stud button.