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« on: June 25, 2012, 11:55:34 PM »

Has anyone ever cut off the straps and supporting material on the sides of Sprints to essentially turn them into Classics?  I already keep the straps so loose that I don't think they actually provide any security, so I figure why not just remove them?  My main concern is whether they're going to look too messy...not that I'm planning on trying to pass them off as formal wear any time soon, but I also don't want them to look like I just chopped up a pair of shoes. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2012, 10:54:30 AM »

I saw this same mod done once and the shoes up for sale on eBay.  They pair I saw looked pretty clean.  If you have a steady hand and an exacto knife, it is very doable. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2012, 12:10:55 AM »

Thanks!  I'll probably need to find something sharper than the super-dull pair of scissors I have sitting around, which can barely cut paper. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012, 09:38:32 AM »

Yeah, you will want an exacto knife or utility knife with a fresh blade.  I contemplated doing this with a castlerock/navy/gray pair because I love the color and am not a fan of the velcro strap.  I just can't bring myself to cut up a new pair of VFFs.  I see REI has them for just under $40, so maybe. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2012, 01:13:15 PM »

I did the same to my sprints and love it. I just used a nice pair of scissors and got a good clean cut. the other thing I did that helped was use a sewing machine to connect the two materials that compose the strap along the top of my cut. I'll have to see if I can get a picture up here for you to give you an idea.
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2012, 01:36:07 PM »

I did the same to my sprints and love it. I just used a nice pair of scissors and got a good clean cut. the other thing I did that helped was use a sewing machine to connect the two materials that compose the strap along the top of my cut. I'll have to see if I can get a picture up here for you to give you an idea.

A pic would be great as I am thinking about doing this to the ones I just ordered!
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2012, 01:44:53 PM »

So fresh and so clean

here you can kind of see the stitching. after sewing it together I trimmed the rest to give it a really clean look.

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hope that helps. at least to give you an idea of what it looks like. I also pulled the leftover loop section that had been left on the side. that was easy, just pull and all of the stitching just comes right out(assuming you already cut the strap).
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2012, 02:39:44 PM »

@ GBarney

Those turned out great.  The other mod I saw similar to this removed the entire strapping mechanisms all the way around.  These really turned out great.  I do not have much for sewing ability, so I am leery to give this mod a try myself.
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2012, 02:47:20 PM »

These turned out so well that I am debating buying a pair of sprints just to cut the strap and make them into classics.  No annoying heel tab!
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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2012, 02:52:54 PM »

haha, I don't have much experience with sewing either. I was however able to recruit my mom to do it while I visited for father's day the other week. I thought about removing the whole kit and caboodle but I didn't want to lose the extra structure that the rear straps provide.
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« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2012, 08:49:27 PM »

@ GBarney

Those turned out great.  The other mod I saw similar to this removed the entire strapping mechanisms all the way around.  These really turned out great.  I do not have much for sewing ability, so I am leery to give this mod a try myself.

I agree, they turned out great, but I can't sew either!  I think I'll probably just end up cutting off the entire outer portion of the shoe since they're pretty snug even without the heel velcro.
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2012, 06:12:30 PM »

@ GBarney

Those turned out great.  The other mod I saw similar to this removed the entire strapping mechanisms all the way around.  These really turned out great.  I do not have much for sewing ability, so I am leery to give this mod a try myself.

I agree, they turned out great, but I can't sew either!  I think I'll probably just end up cutting off the entire outer portion of the shoe since they're pretty snug even without the heel velcro.
The only problem I see with that is that, on mine, about the bottom one-third of the fabric of the upper portion, behind the strap tabs, is glued to the inside if the strap tab on each side of the shoe. I'm not sure what the fabric would look like after peeling away that glue to get a good, clean cut all the way down to the rubber of the sole.
I just bought a new pair of the Navy/Grey Sprints on REI to attempt this mod. I figure since they were more than 50% off, the worst thing that could happen is I have to amputate the entire strap system as others have done. We'll see how my sewing skills are...
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2012, 02:06:43 PM »

Awesome topic and guide. I switched to Vibrams about 2.5 months ago.  After accumulating Classics, Flows, Sprints and 2x KSO I discovered I loved the Classics and the KSOs as my daily go to VFFs. I thought I would love the sprint as they had the openness of the Classics and the strap security of the KSOs. A few weeks later I found the strap on bare skin, for me, to be very annoying. If not for this guide my Sprints would have gathered dust but now they gave been rejuvenated as Castle Rock Classics. I love'em!  Thank you GBarney for the guide and pictures and to skye97 for asking the question.  I doubt I would have tried it alone.  Cheers!
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2013, 11:55:07 AM »

Has anyone else tried this?  I want to know how they turned out for others
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