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HeyVern
« on: August 02, 2009 10:51:12 AM »

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.

Step 1:
Out line your foot, adding 1/2” allowance



Step 2:
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.  

Step 3:
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 pattern:



Step 4:
I took eyelet pliers and punched a hole on each finger and 3 holes down the back flaps so they an be sewn together.



Step 5:
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.



Step 6:
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.



Step 7:
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!

Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2009 11:03:44 AM »

These are Fabulous!!!!!!
I make so much of the stuff I wear to work that people tease me and ask if I cobbled my own shoes....  hmmmm...
I'm wondering if you could glue or sew in a cardboard or rubber (from a slipper - um, flip-flop) sole cut to fit the bottom for added durability?  maybe sandwiched between layers of the vinyl?
Anyway, these totally ROCK!
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2009 11:12:04 AM »

this tutorial is crystal clear!  even I could probably do this.  Thank you.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2009 11:14:44 AM »

Neat shoes! They remind a little of a pair I had in high school that were super-comfy. Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2009 11:38:38 AM »

Thank you!

I wanted to make a tut full of pics because that is how I learn opposed to just reading directions.
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2009 02:28:28 PM »

Ooohhhh I'm in love with these shoes!!  I think I need a pair in red.  Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2009 08:32:54 PM »

Wow, this is great!  They're so cute and remind me of ballet slippers.  The tutorial reads really easily and looks so easy to follow that I think I could make a pair myself.  I like the idea of adding additional layers for durability.  Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2009 01:39:22 PM »

ahhh these are so cute!
they remind me of these strappy little flats an exchange student at my school had.
adorable, i definitely want to try it out Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2009 06:49:22 PM »

Amazing! These will be awesome for costumes!
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HeyVern
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2009 08:15:32 PM »

I'm still on the quest to find adequate soles.  If anyone knows where to buy real soles of any kind without having to buy a ton wholesale, it would be much appreciated!!

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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2009 10:28:52 AM »

You could try making soles out of place and stick vinyl tiles.  They can be bought at the dollar or home improvement store, have adhesive on one side to stick to the fabric of the shoe, and can be cut with scissors.  You can make the soles double or triple thickness if you want.  Make a pattern of your foot/shoe bottom, cut out, stick to shoe, trimming if necessary.  The tile is meant to be walked on, and is quite durable.  The only problem I have encountered is that if you make double or triple soles, they are stiff.  So I stick to one thickness.  Hope this helps.
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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2009 02:53:48 PM »

Thanks, I'll give that a try.  I made new shoes today and walked on a pebble walkway and it HURT!!!!

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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2009 08:33:27 AM »

These look very much like the medieval shoes I have seem at some SCA (medieval reenactment organization) events. You did a great job! I have seem them made with thick leather soles stitched to the bottom and they looked really comfortable but that may be difficult. Maybe try a Dr. Scholl's insert glued to the inside with contact cement.

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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2009 01:32:07 PM »

THANKS!  I drew a pattern combining 2 different patterns I've seen, so the front is more medieval and the backs are more quaker. 

I wanted to have thick leather soles, but my machine wouldn't sew such thick material and I'm not a hand sewer.

I really wanted a real sole, but everything I come across has been wholesale.
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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2009 04:43:10 AM »

Waoaww !! Your idea is just great and you made them really pretty !!
Thanks for sharing this tutorial !!!
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« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2010 12:24:50 AM »

These are beautiful! Soles can be made with thick leather and glued on with shoe glue, and they will be strong enough to actually wear.  Saddle leather is supposed to be best, but heavy duty leather will also work.  I've seen similar patterns made entirely from one piece of heavy leather! 
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2010 07:13:38 PM »

Thanks!

Update- I made soles with another piece of vinyl and 2 layers of felt and I could still feel every bump on the ground.

I've moved on to the fabric mary janes, but it's always the sole that gets my goat!

I don't have a local supplier any place around and I'm skeptical about buying it online (I don't know why)
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2010 10:26:46 PM »

Cool thanks for the TUT!
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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2011 04:26:29 AM »

fantastic tute, thanks a bunch!
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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2012 04:49:17 AM »

Wow, so simple & cheap. Sunday morning project! Thanks!
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« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2012 07:36:45 PM »

These are darling!  I would love to make a pair of them.  The next time I'm at the craft store, I think I'm going to give this tutorial a try!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2012 05:27:17 PM »

these are lovely, i'd probably use leather, and some cork for the sole
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« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2012 09:56:12 PM »

Just saw this and WOW!!! Not sure where you are located, but have you considered getting Flip Flops from the dollar store? Cut off the buttons that hold on the straps and instant sole! I have done this for my kids and grandsons slippers and it works, I would be afraid the floor tiles would make them slip and fall! Roll Eyes
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