A couple weeks ago I staged an intervention for my old pair of black Toms. My toes had worn through at least 2 places on each shoe, and I really wasn't digging that homeless look. Luckily, I had seen a great tutorial on covering up those holes and giving the shoes a new look.
First I took needle and thread and sewed together the holes. I figure that will reinforce those spots well enough to wear the shoes at least another summer, if not another year. Then I covered the front with Aleene's double sided fabric tape and stuck on some funky fabric. The tape is durable, permanent, and doesn't need to be ironed or sewn, so I was basically done.
Some fabric trimming and a couple pieces of decorative trim later, and I was done! Look at my pretty new Toms. I've gotten several compliments on them while out and about. And I LOVE when people ask "Did you make those?"