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RJCJR
« on: September 22, 2011 08:40:38 AM »

Hello!

My first post, yay! I was hoping that someone on this board may know where I can order cork shoe wedges or carving blocks? I plan on making a pair of hooves for a costume, and due to the fact that I am a male with rather large feet (and a pair of cork wedge sandals in my size is out of my budget), it may be better if I can carve my own cork wedges!

I have searched the internet, but alas, most places I find only do bulk orders, or up to a size 10 in women's. I need a size 15 in women's (size 13 mens).

Any help will be appreciated!

-Rob
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2011 02:52:31 AM »

I feel soooo sorry for your enormous man-feet Sad I had a REALLY hard time finding anything remotely useful for my little size 7.5 woman-feet to make into unicorn hooves. In the end, I carved out the bottom of rubber faux-espadrilles, will attach a wooden hoof to the toe, and reinforce the underside of the foot with fiberglass sheet and resin. The most I can do for you is point to a post on my blog where I compiled a bunch of hoof-shoe related information.

Best of luck!
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RJCJR
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2011 11:35:12 AM »

I feel soooo sorry for your enormous man-feet Sad I had a REALLY hard time finding anything remotely useful for my little size 7.5 woman-feet to make into unicorn hooves. In the end, I carved out the bottom of rubber faux-espadrilles, will attach a wooden hoof to the toe, and reinforce the underside of the foot with fiberglass sheet and resin. The most I can do for you is point to a post on my blog where I compiled a bunch of hoof-shoe related information.

Best of luck!

Thanks Alexus! What I ended up doing was I ordered three 4" x 9" x 6" yoga cork blocks. I plan to cut each on the end, then cut one in half and adhere each piece to another block, to give me around 12"-13" length I need. Then I can go from there and start carving out the 'shoes'.

When the shoes are done, I plan on putting a type of sandpaper or something that can grip on the bottom, similar to horseshoes, to prevent me from slipping and such.

It will be so much fun!  Grin
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Alexus1325
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2011 12:57:07 AM »

Yes, grip is essential, but so is the centre of gravity! One thing at a time: for grip, you can buy rolls of "sandpapery" stuff for putting on the edges of porch steps and such. I bought a roll to put on the bottom of okobo, a type of traditional Japanese shoe. As to the centre of gravity, I'm going to see about putting some scrap steel in my hooves to make sure I don't fall over backwards, because the angle of my foot is probably not going to be quite acute enough to get by without a counterbalance.

Looking forward to seeing how your project goes!
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