I’ve been wanting to make shoe for a while now, and decided to have a go at it:
These are made from $2.50 worth of black vinyl and $3 of black leather cord. They are super comfortable and are great house shoes or grass shoes. If you wear them outdoors, I would add an extra piece or two of vinyl epoxied to the bottom.
Out line your foot, adding 1/2” allowance
Then draw “fingers” from the widest part of your foot. The length depends on how long your toes are. I made them all around 2” long.
Then draw two sides and a triangle piece for the back. Fold the vinyl towards your foot to see how tall or long or wide you want the back.
As you can see, I had to adjust my pile of flesh:
I took eyelet pliers and punched a hole on each finger and 3 holes down the back flaps so they an be sewn together.
Take 12” of leather cord and string the fingers together, starting in the center and working out.
When you strung them all, pull the cord and watch the finger gather into a cute flower. I tied mine in a knot so I wouldn’t have 2 strings to tie every time I put the shoes on.
With 6” of cord. sew the back flaps together and tie in a knot. You can start at the top or bottom, I tied mine like a sneaker.
Put the shoe on. You will see the sides flare out a bit. Punch holes on the sides and tie another cord for your “shoe lace”. Everything should be snug.
Enjoy making your own shoes!
They can be made out of any material and is great for costumes. You can use ribbon, yarn...endless possibilities!