For example, I am wondering why the phrase je me fais faire de nouvelles sandales (I am having new sandals made) requires the "me" - would the meaning be changed if it was omitted?
If I have understood your question correctly you have to have the 'me' indicating that the sandals are being made for you.
If you say for instance -
Je fais faire de nouvelles sandales pour Odile = I am having new sandals made for Odile
Je me fais couper les cheveux demain = I am having my hair cut tomorrow
Je fais couper les cheveux à Gaston demain = I am having Gaston's hair cut tomorrow
Hope this helps!
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