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« on: October 12, 2008 08:11:21 AM »

So I need to make thigh-high boots from scratch. Normally t would be somewhat easy, just using tires or rubber boots soles, but.... they need to be heels. I was thinking of making a wooden heel and lining that as the heel, but I'm no carpenter. I thought maybe cork, but that might break with a heel carved out. (It can't be a wedge) They need to be somewhat sturdy, as I need to attach a brace rod and 7 belts to one of them. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008 04:58:50 PM »

So, did you do it? Did it work? How'd it go? Pictures?

Sorry that I have no advice about construction.





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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2008 03:01:58 PM »

nope. I'm still working on them. I've got the pattern for the bot itself all worked out but I still need to figure out a sole.
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2008 03:07:39 PM »

if you were to do a regular sole using a tire, how would you do it?
Would you be able to do that, then add a few layers of rubber to the heel area to make a layered rubber sole?
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2008 05:58:59 PM »

that ilustration is actualy quite ingenious.

Yes, if I were to use a tire, thhat's probably how  would do it, secured with rubber cement, but that's extrememly messy and I highly doubt it would turn out attractively. I was actually thinking recently of carving the soles out of wood and using a thin slice of rubber for the bottoms, but I have no woodcarving skills, so it'd be challenging.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2008 06:32:33 PM »

do you know anyone who does have woodworking skills?
or what about cannibalizing an existing pair of heels from say the thrift store?
I know i've seen a link around here somewhere that has a book that shows how to make your own high heeled shoes. I don't remember what material they used though.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2008 06:38:11 AM »

http://www.marywalesloomis.com/
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2008 06:03:44 AM »


Cool!! Have you tried this, yet?

Shoe findings....I'd have never thought! Very cool!!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2008 08:49:46 PM »


Cool!! Have you tried this, yet?

Shoe findings....I'd have never thought! Very cool!!!

no not yet. haven;t found a pair of shoes I've been wanting to sacrifice XD
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2009 05:18:23 AM »

I just joined this community, and as I was going through the posts about shoes yours jumped out at me. You see, I've been making boots for years, and almost everyone who asked me to do this wants thigh-high boots, mostly with heels.

I have a method that works fine, and it uses a pair of wooden or plastic-soled clogs, slides, or sandals for the foot. And you just build up on that. Believe me, it works and is easy. I'm writing up an instruction manual right now so I can show others how to do it. I have some pictures, but as I'm a newbie I can't post them yet. Just ask and I'll show them to you and you can see my method.

If you haven't make your boots yet, maybe I can help. If you did, let's share methods.
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