Style Watch: Fall Can Pry My Strappy Sandals from My Cold, Dead Feet

The first day of a new school year can be daunting. That is especially true for one particular high school senior who is near and dear to my heart. My daughter, Kacey, slogged into the house after navigating the halls of her learning institution on the first day of school. She flung her newly purchased backpack on the kitchen table and slumped down in the living room recliner.

“Tough day?” I inquired.

“I’m so ready to be done with school.”

I smiled knowingly. “Enjoy it while you can.”

Kacey grumbled at my unsolicited wisdom then got up to retrieve a soft drink from the refrigerator. “It’s hot outside,” She commented, taking a large gulp.

“It’s still technically summer,” I informed. “It’s going to be hot.”

“Thank goodness we only have another month of hot weather,” She replied absently.

Her statement caused me to stop what I was doing and look up. Could it be true? Was summer almost over? The calendar indicated that this was, in fact, the case. Where had my favorite season gone? I began to feel pangs of sadness at the thought of watching the leaves fall off the trees. The days would inevitably get shorter, and the chill of fall would blow down from the north.

I would have to pack up my beloved flip-flops for another year! Oh the horror! It was at that point I made up my mind to postpone the loss of my treasured footwear for as long as humanly possible. I endure this struggle annually, but this time, I silently declared that if fall wants my flip-flops, it will have to pry them from my cold, dead feet!

strappy sandals

Inspired by my rebellious streak, I logged on to to relocate a pattern I had encountered once before. With a triumphant hoot, I clicked on the Strappy Sandals Crochet Pattern by Brenda K. B. Anderson from Interweave Crochet Summer 2012. This is the ultimate yarn therapy because it combines 2 of my favorite things: crochet and shoes. What’s not to love?

These strappy sandals require a pair of inexpensive flip-flops in the proper size. The motif is then crocheted around the flip-flops to create the desired effect, and ankle straps keep the sandals secure. The pattern covers nearly all size possibilities from XS to L. With glee in my heart and a spring in my step, I gathered up my purse and headed out the door. I needed to cash in on the summer clearance flip-flops at the nearest department store.

There is no time to waste! Summer is almost over!

Keep on hookin’ on,


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