DIY / How to Add an Anklestrap to your Ballet Flats

These are one of two pairs of ballet flats in my closet… the other pair are actual ballet slippers. It’s not that I don’t like them, I do, but I have the hardest time finding a pair that not only fit my feet correctly, but that stay on and that I can actually walk in. I know it sounds crazy but for instance, I love these little silk printed flats from J Crew, but the heel slips off when I walk and then smashes under my heel {see photo below}…

So my solution? Add a simple, but pretty, little elastic ankle strap. Here’s how I did it…

What You’ll Need…

* Ballet flats in fabric or thin leather… anything you can get a needle through easily.
* Elastic. I used a thin elastic, with a pretty detail because it matched the piping and bow of these particular flats however, a larger elastic would be cute as well. Let your shoes be your guide and follow their style. Look for a softer elastic with a detail or a pretty “fancy” elastic trim.
* Needle/Thread/Scissors


* Simply measure out how much elastic you will need to fit around your ankle snugly but without squeezing and pinching your skin. Measure about a half an inch extra on each side.

* Overlap your 1/2″ extra elastic by creating a circle and hand-stitch it to the heel of your shoe. This will work best on a shoe with black piping or something similar, as it will completely conceal all of your stitches.

NOTE: You may also {and instead} choose to create a loop with any fabric or leather that sticks up from the heel of your shoe and run a ribbon or lace or buckled piece through it and around your ankle.


Have Fun!

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Güler

    May 29, 2012 |

    perfect idea!

    my DIYs –>

  • ::little projects in style::

    May 29, 2012 |

    what a cute idea! 🙂 im going to use that to fix a pair of ballet flats that expanded in the last downpour! 🙂

    thanks so much!


  • Ana Sofía

    May 29, 2012 |

    aww, nice <3

  • fashion meets art

    May 29, 2012 |

    wow- great. i love it. so creative.
    thanks for the inspiration.
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  • Anonymous

    May 29, 2012 |

    wow its too mind Blowing and amazing.
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  • Chanda T

    May 29, 2012 |

    awesome idea! this happens to my daughter all the time! now I know how to fix! thanks for sharing!

  • Stephanie

    May 29, 2012 |

    I have done this to a pair of ballet flats for my 2 year old daughter it does work like a charm!

  • Stephanie Pulos

    May 29, 2012 |

    LOVE. Agree with Morgan. Genius! x

    Stephanie in Style

  • Katya

    May 29, 2012 |

    great idea♥

  • Elissa

    May 29, 2012 |
  • thegoldjellybean

    May 29, 2012 |

    what a great idea, so simple!

  • Jessica @ Here(and)Now

    May 29, 2012 |

    wow – genius, and yet to simple! I have the same smooshed ballet flat problem too!

  • drollgirl

    May 29, 2012 |

    they are so cute! with or without the strap! very cute!!!

  • thankfifi

    May 29, 2012 |

    such a cute solution! I had a problem with my achilles heel last summer and it pretty much ruined wearing any kind of ballet style shoe 🙁 Oh well, high heels and sneakers all the way!

    ♥ ThankFifi

  • What Sadie Did

    May 30, 2012 |

    Ooh cute – very good idea!!

    Sadie xx

  • Kat

    May 30, 2012 |

    Maegan… you are just brilliant!

  • Lin

    May 30, 2012 |

    Love this idea & those shoes!

  • Anonymous

    May 30, 2012 |

    I am learning and Follow it idea .
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  • Vanessa, Take only Memories

    May 30, 2012 |

    Brilliant! I think I might do that to a pair I have! Thanks 🙂

  • Marielle Kristine Ebao

    May 30, 2012 |

    Great idea! I have a problem with some of my flats as well,and this is the perfect solution! 🙂 thanks for posting!

  • peacelovenutrition

    May 30, 2012 |

    Thanks for simplifying all your DIY posts! They are always things I can actually do : )

  • Tairalyn

    May 30, 2012 |

    I must say – I’ve looked up to you greatly and your ways to FIX a fashion Dilemma! Ha Ha Your amazing!

    I would love to have you over at Little Miss Mama and see what I wore today with the $8 Peplum Top I just made {thanks to a HUGE Old Navy Sale}.

    Stop by and say “hi” when you get a chance.


  • Vanessa

    October 5, 2013 |

    Fantastic idea and excellently detailed with photos and description. I can never keep ballet flats from slipping off my heels so you’ve helped me out. Thanks so much for taking the time to post this!

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