Adapting sandals to fit swollen feet

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MiL has very swollen feet. ATM she has one very old and tatty pair of sandals we can fit onto her feet, but only just.

She also has a very smart pair of white sandals, worn once, which I don't think we'd get done up now.

These sandals cross over at the front, where they are stitched together. Then there's a strap around the back, which has a small piece of elastic, and a buckle.

I'm thinking that if I unpicked the stitching and lengthened the elastic, they might stretch enough. 

Or would they lose structural integrity?

MiL has very limited mobility, so she wouldn't be walking in them, just shuffling on her walking frame for a few steps.
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