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« on: September 19, 2007 04:34:20 PM »

Has anybody out there made their own shoes from scratch? I know there are tutorials for ballet flats and sandals, but I was thinking boots or something a little more sturdy for winter. Soft soled or hard soled. Like ren fair boots or sturdy moccasins? I'd be interested in maybe using old tires for soles.. any ideas on how to find/cut up/adhere said rubber?
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2007 08:48:53 AM »

I've had a little bit of luck using tires for soles. The problem is, most car tires are metal-banded. I ended up cutting up a motocycle tire with a... um...jig saw, maybe?  Smiley I don't know my power tool names. Afterwards I neatened it up with an exacto knife, and used liquid nails and some waxed, heavy duty thread to stitch on canvas uppers. motorcyle tires are pretty curvy though, so this'll probably work better the smaller your feet are.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007 04:25:29 PM »

Thanks! I'll try getting my hands on some motorcycle tires.  Wink I have really long feet, so maybe stitching two pieces of tire together for each sole? One for the heel and one for the rest... to cut down on the curvyness...
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2007 09:06:12 AM »

once you get the side wall off the tire the rest isn't nearly as curvy.

Tandy Leather has some boot/moccasin patterns that are good jump off points.


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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2008 06:32:55 PM »

i am also interested in constructing shoes from scratch. mainly boots. is there an online resource (other than the fabulous craftster!) that has some free patterns we could use? in particular im looking for knee high, and calf high boots.

or alternativly, does anyone know any main stream patterns (eg what i would find at a major chain craft store) that specialise in shoes?

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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2008 07:59:36 PM »

Has anybody out there made their own shoes from scratch?

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2008 01:41:55 PM »

Just bought some shoe soling from


not too expensive and with quick service.

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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2008 06:48:36 PM »

I am really looking for shoe patterns or anything that can help me make my own shoes, one of my legs are 2.5 inches shorter than the other and although i love my converse (and they work great with putting a 2.5 inch wedge in them) my work does not allow them. The boots I use with my wedge are hard to find.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2008 08:28:04 PM »

The Crispin Colloquy http://www.thehcc.org/cgi-bin/discus/discus.cgi?pg=topics is a discussion board for anything and everything related to boot or shoemaking - unfortunately, it seems inactive for a few years now, but you can still search the many, many threads for questions/information.

If anybody finds an active discussion board/forum like The Crispin, that'd be sooooo awesome!

Jonathon Ervin's Leather Notebook (Publisher: Running Press (1973)) has step by step sandal making and attaching soles to sandals.  Amazon has used copies cheaper than dirt.  I like it.  Not sure how hard it would be to translate the patterns to full-fledged shoes, but in my opinion, it's the soles that are the hardest to do on footwear, and the rest is pretty straightforward sewing.  Good ol' Al Stohlman has "The Art of Hand Sewing" (1977) if the upper material is too tough to construct on a regular machine.

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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2008 01:44:53 PM »

I have a thread open with a similar question, only I'm looking for tuts on Clogs. Still, I thought this might help you- since I was thinking about using it to answer my own question.

There is an issue of craft magazine from this summer (2008). It's the one where the teach you to crochet chucks? It has a sandal company that makes wooden sandals and they give you a tut on wooden soled sandals. (How to carve the sole out.) So I was thinking about trying that (except I don't have a saw nor do I know how to make the upper of a clog.) I just thought it could help you too- I've seen some harajuku (sp?) moto style boots on ebay and some lolita shoes with wood soles. If you could find that issue, then maybe you could use wood for the soles. I don't have a scanner so I can't show you the article.

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