The good news is, while a tight strap is important for normal foot function, if the strap feels too tight, it is very, very easy to instantly fix this problem by stretching the strap until it reaches your desired level of tightness!
Firstly, if you are at all interested, here is some background information on why we have a tighter strap:
Archies Thongs have been designed with a tighter strap than normal thongs. This is because in thongs with a loose strap, the toes claw down in an attempt to keep the thongs on the feet. Normally when you walk your toes are supposed to point/bend upwards. When the toes point / bend upwards, this activates the arch of the foot which helps provide protection and support to the vital structures of the feet. When the toes claw down such as when trying to keep the thongs on the feet, the arch does not activate correctly which means that you do not get the protective support from the arch of the foot. This can leave the foot tired and achy, vulnerable to stress and potential injury. The tighter strap found in Archies Thongs may help to reduce toe clawing which may enable you to walk more naturally.
It is important to know that if the strap feels a little too tight at first, do not worry, the strap is very elastic, within a few days of wear, the strap will gradually stretch and mould to the shape of your feet. However, if the strap continues to feel too tight, it is very easy to stretch the strap and the toe pole to decrease the tightness!
How to stretch the strap on Archies Thongs:
Before stretching the strap, you always inspect the underside of the strap for a joining line. Occasionally, a joining line will be present and is indicated by a faint line through the underside of the strap. While the strap is very strong, if you stretch the strap directly on a joining line, it can easily break, so never stretch the strap directly on a joining line! Please see the below photo of a joining line. You should also only ever stretch the strap in the main section of the strap (the bit the goes across the top of your foot) and toe pole. You should never stretch the strap directly on the outside parts where it joins to the base.
To stretch the strap, simply hold the strap between your fingers and in small little increments stretch each section of the strap where it feels too tight. You can do the same for the toe pole if this feels too tight. Continue to do this, trying the thong on and off, stretching the strap and toe pole until it has reached your desired level of tightness.
It is important to note, whilst the straps are very elastic, once stretched, the strap will not return to its original tightness, so please be careful not to overdo the stretching!