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1  Sandals to Fashion Boots in Shoes: Completed Projects by glamboots on: April 06, 2014 07:03:57 PM
It's been a while since I posted a new pair of boots, so I thought I'd share these with you. I made them for the Goodwill Re-Design Competition, but since I didn't make the cut I decided to post them here for the rest of the world to see.

They started out life as a pair of cork-soled Seychelles sandals, which I purchased at Goodwill for $10. (I usually go for the $4.97 shoes, but these were a special project.)

They're made from upholstery vinyl purchased at Jo-Ann fabrics, which I fell in love with and thought they would make super boots. The vinyl is a bit hard to sew, due to all the raised bumps, but I feel the overall effect was worth it. The boots have an outside zipper, which was a fairly hot item this season. They come up slightly above the knee, and have a contrasting brown leather-look strap and top snap across the zipper, as well as the welt around the sole. (Also out of upholstery vinyl.) The circular buckle also was from the original sandals, just reused on the boots. The seams are topstitched in brown, and the zipper tape is dark brown to match. Here is another view, showing better where the knee bend is:

The addition of the brass upholstery tacks to the welt was a last-minute addition, a touch suggested by a fashion designer friend.

I'll probably post a few more pair I've worked on during the past year or so. I've been teaching a class on how to make them at our local Jo-Ann store, so perhaps I can share some boots that my students have made.
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2  Re: Check out these high-fashion boots - from scratch! in Shoes: Completed Projects by glamboots on: February 11, 2012 04:30:34 PM
It's been a little over three years since I posted this, and I've sent out over three hundred tutorials. But so far I've only seen one pair of boots that someone made and I've only had two other questions about making them. Has anyone tried it? I'm sure interested to know, especially how they can be improved, and I'm still willing to help out anyone who is doing them.

High black boots made from a pair of used sandals purchased at a local thrift store and upholstery vinyl.
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3  Re: Check out these high-fashion boots - from scratch! in Shoes: Completed Projects by glamboots on: January 24, 2010 01:21:41 PM
To get your boot-loving appetites whetted, here's a picture of a pair made for under $20, with shiny red sparkle upholstery vinyl from Joann, and a pair of slides from a K-mart store that was closing for $2.88. Simple pull-ons, no zippers or fancy trims. You can do anything with a little creativity.
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4  Boots in Shoes: Completed Projects by glamboots on: March 08, 2009 08:32:41 AM

I couldn't find anyone to model them. They are made from shiny black vinyl with silver metalflakes in it and black leather-look vinyl for the trim. They were made on a pair of Candies slides. They're tight-fitting thigh-highs with just the slightest bend at the knees for better fit.
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5  Re: Check out these high-fashion boots - from scratch! in Shoes: Completed Projects by glamboots on: January 26, 2009 04:38:59 PM
Several of you have requested to see more boots. Well, here is a pair of Valentine boots I made for a local boutique.
The owner wanted something to grab attention in the window display. I forgot what other things the mannequin was wearing. Yes, that is red glitter vinyl. Thick, but lovely.

Happy Valentine's Day!
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6  Check out these high-fashion boots - from scratch! in Shoes: Completed Projects by glamboots on: January 21, 2009 02:55:21 PM
I came upon a method of turning an ordinary pair of women's wooden or plastic-soled clogs, slides or sandals into fashion or costume boots. Here's a picture of a pair of ever-so-slightly above the knee boots using black upholstery vinyl for the uppers:

The above boots were made on a pair of plastic slides I picked up at our local Goodwill. I've made boots that cost under $10 for the materials, no lie! The most expensive parts on these black vinyl boots were the zippers.
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