It's been a while since I posted a new pair of boots, so I thought I'd share these with you. I made them for the Goodwill Re-Design Competition, but since I didn't make the cut I decided to post them here for the rest of the world to see.
They started out life as a pair of cork-soled Seychelles sandals, which I purchased at Goodwill for $10. (I usually go for the $4.97 shoes, but these were a special project.)
They're made from upholstery vinyl purchased at Jo-Ann fabrics, which I fell in love with and thought they would make super boots. The vinyl is a bit hard to sew, due to all the raised bumps, but I feel the overall effect was worth it. The boots have an outside zipper, which was a fairly hot item this season. They come up slightly above the knee, and have a contrasting brown leather-look strap and top snap across the zipper, as well as the welt around the sole. (Also out of upholstery vinyl.) The circular buckle also was from the original sandals, just reused on the boots. The seams are topstitched in brown, and the zipper tape is dark brown to match. Here is another view, showing better where the knee bend is:
The addition of the brass upholstery tacks to the welt was a last-minute addition, a touch suggested by a fashion designer friend.
I'll probably post a few more pair I've worked on during the past year or so. I've been teaching a class on how to make them at our local Jo-Ann store, so perhaps I can share some boots that my students have made.