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« on: February 18, 2011 11:05:52 AM »

So, this year I've decided to make my prom dress and accessories, and since I can't seem to find any shoes that I like, I thought to myself "Hey, why not try making the shoes too?"

I have no idea how to make shoes. I mean seriously: no. clue.

I've never made shoes before, so naturally I turned to craftster and began searching the completed shoes forum, but so far no luck on how to go about starting.

I want to just make some simple, light yellow flats and as durable as they can be for the materials I want to use (though since I've never made shoes I don't even know if I can use these materials!) I want to use a fabric similar to the shoes in the picture. Does anyone know of any shoemaking tutorials or something to help me get started? Any and all advice is welcome!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011 01:01:21 PM »

Whoa, I can imagine that trying to make shoes would be quite an undertaking! I've never personally made shoes before, but I'd imagine that the soles would be the toughest part. If it were me, I'd go to the thrift store and find some shoes that fit, similar to the style you want, and then either spray paint them the right color, or tear them apart to make a sort of pattern to work from, and reconstruct from there. I think I'd use the same soles...For durability's sake.

Good luck! Make sure to post when you make them Smiley I wanna see what you come up with!
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frankeknitter
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2011 05:52:53 PM »

Mary Wales Loomis has an inexspensive book that tells you everything, or you can glean some tips in the right direction from her site.
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