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Topic: Dog Shoe Dilemma (shoe sole fabric)  (Read 996 times)
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« on: January 15, 2012 12:15:16 PM »

Hello Sew Brilliant Community!

I run a small online shop and have undertake this huge project - - dog shoes. I'm a drafter by trade so designing them has not been too bad and I have managed to get all the elements from the boot to the cuff to the elastic & Velcro closure all to work in harmony. BUT... I thought I would put this question out there and see what kind of response I got back.

I need something for the sole. It needs to be durable, non-skid and sew-able onto vinyl. I try to use as much reclaimed, recycled and upcycled items as I can, but this is the one piece of the shoe that I just don't seem to be able to conquer - and will likely need to buy new.

Currently I'm using a cotton/polyester blend that has small rubber nodules on it. It does okay... but it isn't as rough and tough as I'd like it to be.

Does anyone have any ideas on what I could use instead?

I'm open to suggestions because I'm currently in pre-order right now and I could use a little input before my next phase goes out. If you are a visual person like me and seeing it would be help, you can check out the shoes at http://sewmantra.blogspot.com/2012/01/dog-shoe-dilemma-part-dos.html

Thanks for your thoughts.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012 07:26:27 PM »

I know they make a very heavy grade leather that a lot of people use for making costume shoes.  I bet that would be perfect.  It's the sort that you need a special tool to cut out properly.

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012 12:46:11 AM »

Check out outdoor/outerwear fabric suppliers.  You can find heavier cordura type nylon material with non-slip coating.    I have some of this Slip-Not-Grip-Fabric that I bought to make the palms of outerwear gloves grippy.  It would be perfect for dog booties, in fact my dogs have a pair I made with it as the sole.  It's quite thick and durable...almost too thick for the mittens but great for the dog boots.  My dogs don't wear the booties much (I made them for when he had a badly cut pad and I needed to keep the bandage covered, clean, and dry) but it held up quite well for the time he did wear them.   I have the sanded surface and it's quite grippy...I haven't tried the pebble surface.

Most outerwear fabric companies sell it...here are a few links.

There is also a material called ToughTex that is commonly used for glove palms.  It's a bit thinner and more flexible so it stretches/gives a bit with movement.  I have some gloves made from this and the stretch is nice in something like a tighter fitting glove...it probably doesn't matter in a sole.  It's a bit less grippy but likely still much better than your current cotton blend.



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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012 07:05:27 PM »

I haven't made dog shoes, but for human slippers I've used suede leather that I repurposed from a thrift store skirt. It's pliable and not too difficult to cut, but thick enough to wear well.

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