How to Tie Ankle Strap Heels

Last updated on February 6th, 2022

Ankle strap heels are a great way to spice up your outfit, but they can be tricky to tie. Here’s a simple guide on how to do it. Ankle strap heels are a great way to add some glamour to any outfit, and they’re perfect for special occasions. We’ll show you how to tie ankle strap heels.

You’ve seen them and maybe even worn them before: ankle strap heels. They’re a staple in many women’s wardrobes, but when it comes to tying the straps properly, you might be lost at sea.

How to Tie Ankle Strap Heels

What Is an Ankle Strap Heel?

Ankle strap heels are a type of shoe, the general shape of which is similar to a wedge shoe. However, instead of the sole and heel being formed from one piece of material, they’re made up of two separate components: an ankle strap and high-heeled footgear. Ankle strap heels usually have thin straps that criss-cross on your ankles and tie in bows at the front or back.

Ankle strap heels look dressy and can be worn with skirts, slacks, or dresses. They’re also more comfortable than other high-heeled shoes, like stilettos, because the straps distribute some of the weight around your foot.

Required Tools and Materials

  • Heels with ankle straps
  • Ruler or another straight edge
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

A Step by Step Guide How to Tie Ankle Strap Heels

Step 1: Determine the Center of the Ankle Strap

The first thing you want to do is determine where your ankles are. You need to look no further than your little sister, who will be delighted to help if you tell her she looks pretty (i.e., she has thin ankles). Once you’ve found them, measure down about 4-5 inches from the lowest part of your ankle bone and mark it with a pen or pencil.

Make sure that you’re not too close to the end of the strap when determining the length for this step because you’ll need some space at either end when tying it to create your bow.

Step 2: Mark Up 1 Inch on Each Side

Now take two long pieces of a tape measure and mark 1 inch up from either side of the centerline you created in step one. How far apart these marks are will determine how wide your ankle strap is. This should be about as wide as your ankles or a little wider in most cases.

Step 3: Draw Lines From Where They Meet at the Top to Each 1-inch Mark

Once you have those two pieces of tape measure laid out, take a ruler and draw a straight line from where they cross at the top down to each 1-inch mark. If you don’t have a ruler handy, you can use another straight edge like a book cover, page corner, etc., which will also give you more practice drawing straight lines if it’s something that doesn’t come naturally to you.

Step 4: Find the Center of Each Line

Once you have all of your lines drawn, flip your heel over to face up the ankle strap. Now take a straight edge ruler and line it up perpendicular to the centerline you drew in step 1. Then slowly drag it down until you get to the bottom of each line and make another mark on your shoe at each spot where they cross.

 Slowly Drag It Down

Step 5: Draw a New Centerline Connecting Those Two Points

Now take another tape measure and combine those two dots with a vertical line running through the middle. This will be the centerline for tying your bow (it doesn’t matter which end comes first because it’ll look fine either way).

Step 6: Mark the Center of Your Ankle Strap

Now that you have your middle line mark it with a pen or pencil and then draw another horizontal line about an inch below at the point where your ankle strap is closest to each edge. How short this is will depend on how wide around your ankles are and whether you want there to be any room for the extra slack in your bow when tying them up. Nevertheless, it is a crucial step in how to tie ankle strap heels.

Step 7: Measure Up From the Bottom of the Ankle Strap

Now take a piece of a tape measure and measure up 1/2 inch from where you just marked the centerline. Then over your heel so that the tape measure touches the fabric at the center of the ankle strap. Make a mark on the tape measure at this spot.

Measure Up Your Ankle Strap

Step 8: Cut Off Notches on Either Side of the Mark

Now cut along each edge of the gap you just created so that you have two tabs sticking out from either side of the mark. These will be used to tie your bow.

Step 9: Cut Off the End of the Ankle Strap

Now cut off the excess fabric at the top of your ankle strap so that it’s even with where you made your first mark in step 1. You can use these pieces again to tie up other shoes once you’ve done this one.

Step 10: Tie a Knot in Each Tab at Either End

Take both pieces after cutting them and tie a knot near your first mark, making sure that it’s tight enough that there won’t be any slack left over when you’re tying up your shoe. Then take another piece of a tape measure and wrap around one side, over the knots, and under the other side several times before taping it down on itself so that it stays put. Repeat with the other side.

Step 11: Tie Your Bow

Now take each of those two pieces of tape measure that you cut off in step 8 and tie them into a bow using the same method I described here  (just without having to worry about making it big enough for an adult’s foot). Remember that if you’re tying this on yourself, they’ll need to be tied around your ankles, so don’t make them too tight, or else you won’t have any extra slack when you go to tie up your shoes.

Once your knot is made, pull up on one side until it reaches the centerline of the strap. Then pull down on the other side, so they meet in the middle. If done correctly, there should be no slack in the bow, and it should be tight against your shoe.

If everything looks good, go ahead and give them a final tug to make sure they’re on nice and snug, and you’re all done! Now strut your stuff with some new ankle strap heels that you know how to tie up yourself. These steps will help in how to tie ankle strap heels.

Tips and Warnings

Additional Tips

  • If you have a hard time holding the straps in place while you tie them, try using a small safety pin to keep them together.
  • Make sure the knot is tight and secure before you walk in your shoes.
  • You can also use this method to tie sandals or other flat shoes with ankle straps.

Wearing heels can give you a little extra height and style, but sometimes they can be a bit tricky to walk in.


  • Be careful when walking in heels, especially if you are not used to wearing them.
  • Do not wear heels if you are not feeling well, as this can lead to falls and injuries.

If you want to add a bit of style to your heels, try tying the ankle straps together. This will keep them from slipping off your feet.

Bit of Style to Your Heels

Are Ankle Strap Heels Comfortable?

Many women are looking for an alternative to the usual high heels, but they worry that ankle strap heels will not be comfortable enough. The good news is that you can find plenty of ankle strap heels that are just as comfortable as any other kind of heel. You have to follow a few rules! Just remember the following advice when shopping for your next pair of gorgeous ankles strap heels.

The first rule is to choose a shoe with an adjustable buckle around the ankle. This way, you can tighten it to stay in place without being too tight or uncomfortable. As long as you can get into the shoe without undoing this buckle, it should stay on while you walk around in it.

The second rule is to find a heel that is the right height for you. If you are not used to wearing heels, start with a smaller size and work your way up. You don’t want to start with an ankle strap heel that is too high and makes you feel unsteady on your feet.

Finally, make sure that the heel itself is comfortable. Choose one with a soft cushion inside so it doesn’t rub against your skin or cause blisters. You should also be able to walk in it comfortably for at least a few hours.

If you follow these simple rules, you will be able to wear ankle strap heels all day long without any discomfort!

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Knowing how to tie ankle strap heels is a skill that will always come in handy. Whether you’re going for a quick run, walking down the aisle on your wedding day, or just wearing them because they look good with everything – it’s worth taking a few minutes to learn this simple trick! Once you have mastered tying these shoes, there are so many more shoe styles and heel heights out there waiting for you.

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