Tools: Leather Hole Punch

Hello everyone!

Today I’m going to introduce you to a tool which has been invaluable not only in terms of helping me to keep shoes on my feet, but also in terms of saving me time.

Every now and then I find a great pair of really reasonably priced shoes, (I’m talking under £30 here) on the high street which already have straps and everything but the straps won’t pull tight enough for me. I used buy shoes and then have them sit in my wardrobe for a good couple of weeks before I got round to taking them to a cobbler to have some extra holes punched into the strap. Now, I do it myself! If you’re like me and completely incompetent at most things, you’ll need this hole-punching process to be as simple as possible. I suggest you buy a leather hole puch, as shown below.

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This little gadget is so handy because it allows me to add as many holes as I like into shoe straps until I get just the right fit. It barely cost me anything, there are loads on eBay and you should be able to pick one up for under £10 including delivery.

My one word of caution would be to look carefully at the shoe before you do this. If the shoe is an all-round terrible fit, the straps will only end up digging into your feet. If they fit quite well apart from the loose straps, that’s when this is a good solution. Also, check out the strap itself. Straps which are attached to the shoe by a piece of elastic tend not to work so well for those of us relying on the straps to keep hold of the shoes.  This extra bit of give means the foot can still slide forward and you end up with the straps really digging into the foot.

Anyhow, that’s my top time-saving tip for today. Let me know how you get on if you decide to buy one of these! x