Enter one of my favorite pairs of sandals that keeps losing parts. There is NOTHING wrong with them except for the obviously poor glue holding the embellishments on. Considering what I paid for them, it pains me to think of just throwing them away. After spending a great deal of time in craft stores looking for replacement jewels, I figured, what the heck, I've got nothing to lose.
Step 1: Using a knife or flat head screwdriver, pop out the remaining jewels (trust me, it took almost ZERO effort for them to pop right off!)
Step 2: Fill in with brightly colored fingernail polish. I went to the Dollar store and picked up colors that matched almost perfectly (the blue is different, but I like the brighter version anyway). Using the brush, paint the inside of the jewel spot. Then, load the brush with a lot of polish and let it flow off and "flood" the area. Depending on the depth of the jewel spot, you may have to repeat this step after the first layer dries.
Step 3: Use your high tech mad skills and slide pens/highlighters under the strap to help it stay level. Who needs specialty tools???
Step 4: Let it dry. This is the fun part. You know, literally watching paint dry.
Ta Da! Side by side, not bad and the summer of salvaged sandals can begin.