I have some all leather sandals and the straps have stretched. I have tightened the straps but I am running out of holes.

Can I shrink them by soaking them in water?

  • Soaking and then drying in hot sand will shrink leather, but also makes it very stiff. – DrMoishe Pippik May 3 '19 at 1:39
  • Hot sand is not practical for me. :-) – fixit7 May 3 '19 at 2:01
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    @fixit7 Wouldn't it be more practical to cut new holes into the leather? Soaking leather in water often makes it very stiff, even without hot sand. – Elmy May 3 '19 at 7:10
  • Soaking in hot water can stretch leather straps, belts, etc. It's not kind to the finish either. – Stan May 3 '19 at 18:13

Consider removing the buckles or other hardware and attach patches/strips of Velcro fasteners.

The Velcro can be stitched, or glued to the parts that "mate" for an adjustable closure. Then, you'll be able to better find a comfortable versus a secure position for the straps.

Good Luck.

  • Velcro might work, but sewing will be a bit of work. – fixit7 May 4 '19 at 19:37

You can keep your sandals in sunlight ,then it will again get their orignal size.or if you put some warm water in a plastic bag then the bag put in your sandals for some time it is also useful way to resize your shrink sandals.


Use a hole puncher and make new holes.

In future don't do them up so tight.

  • If I don't tighten them, the strap slips off the back of my heel. – fixit7 May 4 '19 at 19:36

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