I am in the process of pressing leaves and flowers that i am going to adhere to an old serving tray and cover with plexyglass. I wanted to display these pressed items in a functional way and repurpose a tray that doesn't go with my kitchen. Hope that gives you ideas
I agree, the weight of the facric may play a part in making them look like socks. Also, I think making the toe more rounded (and less curving to the contours of your toes) would help make them look more shoe-like.