View Full Version : Making boots from scratch(almost) tutorial

04-25-2006, 09:35 AM
This is a tutorial on how I made my boots for my PSE 12 costume(Range Murata) which could also work for other chunky soled type boots.


The soles I used were from a cheap pair of platform sandals that I bought from a charity shop(so at least I was supporting a good cause at the same time :) )

I just cut off the straps to leave me with just the sole.They were originally black whick I painted white with acrylics(I first used spraypaint but it tends to crack quickly.Would probably also be a good idea to sand the rubber first so it has a better grit to it for the paint to stick).
For extracomfort I just stuck on those spongey sole things that are usually soled in most stores(those types you slip into your shoe).

Next thing I did was take some scrap fabric and made a pattern of what my final boot will look like,I used Sarcasm Hime's tutorial for making boot covers(http://www.sarcasm-hime.net/bootcovers-tutorial.html) but just altered it a bit for my boots.
I used boots I already had as a base for my mockup and did the pinning according but cut the toes off and added extra space in the front of the boots.The reason I did this was because the soles are high heeled but I wanted my boots to be "flat" heeled.


Once that was done I took the patterns,traced them onto some fabric that I had lying around(doesn't matter what it looks like since it's going inside the boot) and ironed a firm interfacing onto all 4 pieces(2 for each boot).There's a definate right and left side so just be careful which pieces you sew together :D (keep the toes seperate from the rest of the boot)
(As a note,I had to sew darts into the toe areas and the side of the boot areas so they'd have the right shape).

Once that's all sewn up take the toe areas and pin them onto onto the soles first.At the moment they're still kinda floppy but here's the TRICK!
While pinned I stuffed them with plastic bags and then painted plastic resin (F18) straight onto the fabric to make it hard and keep it's shape.Gotta brush it on fairly quickly since the plastic cures quickly.Pull out the plasic and voila you have solid toe tips which will help form the rest of your boot.Hammer a few tacs in to keep it in place(but not too many since the cover still needs to be tacced down).

For the rest of the boot I used the same patterns and cut them out of vinyl which I ironed batting to to make it "thicker"(pleather would probably have been sturdier but I didn't know this at the time :P ).Sew the fabric with the interfacing to the vinyl making sure the facing will eventually be on the inside.What's nice about working about vinyl/pleather is that it doesn't frey which made the rest of it a bit easy.

Test to make sure the covers are going to fit
Tip:Mark left and right sides clearly since it's easy to get confused which is which side,this will jsut make your life a little easier.

Before sewing the long boot areas/tubes to the toes pin everything to the sole first to get the right fit and mark off on the toe tips where they join and sew there.
It's a tricky area to sew,I used a zigzag stitch but landed up sewing parts of it by hand.

After that pin everything to the sole and tac down.I added most of the details afterwards since I wanted the tacs to be covered.The white pieces are cut out of white pleather and just glued on.The orange strip that goes all round the sole area is hose pipe sliced down the middle filled with silicone and covered with pleather then painted with acrylic which was then glued on using super glue.The cones were sculpted,molded then cast in plastic,painted and glued on.

And there you have it!! :D

I hope this helps,it was my first time making boots(never even made boot covers before) so I'm sure there're better ways of doing things but this worked for me.

04-25-2006, 11:14 AM
O.M.G. You are a gosend! I was just about to ask about something like this! I'm definetely going to save this tutorial for some boots I gotta make later this summer. It seems fairly straightforward... If i need some help I can PM you right? :)

04-25-2006, 11:51 AM
Amazing. And good timing, too, I've been needing to make a pair of boots for awhile now, and that looks easier/more comfortable than what I was thinking of doing.

04-25-2006, 01:21 PM
i need help making sailor moon boots please help me (pouts) and sailor jupiter boots. please help me!!
btw your boots are really cool looking you are gifted!

04-25-2006, 03:12 PM
Great job! ...when you say 'tac' what kind of tacks do you mean? Is the cover glued to the sole and also secured with nails, thumbtacks, or what? How did you ensure that the cover won't pull off of the sole? ^_^

04-25-2006, 07:32 PM
Those are seriously amazing boots. I love your costumes, you put so much time and love into them (your Fuu is brilliant).

I'm curious about the hose and the silicon - what did you use to cut the hose straight? Sounds difficult to me. And silicon - like bathtub caulking type of stuff?

04-25-2006, 08:30 PM
OMG... Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! I love you and owe you my life.

04-25-2006, 11:39 PM

04-26-2006, 02:38 AM
Great job! ...when you say 'tac' what kind of tacks do you mean? Is the cover glued to the sole and also secured with nails, thumbtacks, or what? How did you ensure that the cover won't pull off of the sole? ^_^

Sorry I should've been a bit more clear there,I used shoe tacks just like these -->
Once theyr'e hammered into the sole they're pretty sturdy.
Yeah the entire cover is tacked to the sole only the white parts which are seperate are glued ontop to help cover the tacks.I could've sewn the white vinyl to the cover but since the tubing would've covered the tacks too but I just didn't think of doing it that way at the time.

I'm curious about the hose and the silicon - what did you use to cut the hose straight? Sounds difficult to me. And silicon - like bathtub caulking type of stuff?

At first I actually tried using cable,cutting it was easy,cutting it straight wasn't since the wires inside are all twisted.I found some clear plastic hosing at a hardware store and thought I'd try that out.I used a box cutter to cut it down the middle(a friend helped me with this) but it's pretty impossible getting it perfectly straight.
Yeah I used a household silicone sealant which is caulk(we just don't use that term here :) )
But since nothing seems to stick to plastic too well(not even the silicone) I decided it was best to ver it with pleather which amazingly worked using a lot of super glue!!

It seems fairly straightforward... If i need some help I can PM you right?
Sure,I'll gladly help where I can :)

Oh I forgot to mention,on the inside of my boots by the toe area I added extra "cusioning" purely for my own comfort since the plastic dries strangely and leaves "scratchy" bits on the insde.I just used batting for this but you can also use some type of sponge.

04-26-2006, 08:13 AM
Thanks for the answer, Sashi! You rule!

I'd been thinking of using tubing on a pair of shoes that have a similar detail, but I never thought too much about how to attach it. This helped a lot.

04-26-2006, 11:17 AM
o_O Amazing! They look fantastic....I will definitely try this next time I need this sort of thing.

04-26-2006, 12:57 PM
Awesome! Although I must admit I'm a little miffed at you for not posting this up earlier. ^o^ I just got through fabricating a pair of boots and they turned out pretty ghetto-tastic. Thanks for sharing your experience and the bit about shoe tacks =D

04-27-2006, 11:16 AM
Ah, some else who has made crazy Range Murata boots.

Painting the tip w/ resin to stiffen it is a really cool idea. I think one of my biggest issues w/ my boots (for Claus from Last Exile) was that the black tip in the front (http://astro.scu.edu/~ted/anime/misc/claus%20parts/boots%20bottom.jpg) isn't stiff like it should be, but your approach would deffinately fix that.

Thanks for posting this & great work w/ the costume.

04-27-2006, 09:23 PM
hm... while the ones i need aren't quite so complex, this'll be a great help!

05-24-2006, 04:10 AM
You're my hero! I am going about this backwards. I had already made the booted portion. Looks more like a vinyl sock right now. But this makes a lot more sense. I'll be test it out. Thanks bunches.:bigtu:

You used acrylics for your paint yes? Any problems with it chipping on vinyl?

blackouts suck
07-12-2006, 12:33 PM
thanks so much! this will help soooo much on organization 13 boots from kh2. the only probleb now is to convince my sister to give me her sandles

07-24-2006, 10:46 PM
help me a bit please ^^;;; this tutorial is good very good

but only probleme for me its theyr are not stait boots ^^;;

here a reference picture of my boots that i neeed^^;;;


if ya can give me tips i would apreciate a lot ^o^
tanks in advance

02-11-2007, 01:41 AM
Thanks for this!!! Now I can finish my Uruki costume withought having to ruin other boots. :D

02-13-2007, 06:18 AM
As some one who does a few professional Boots mods for Pirates, Santa and Jedi I'll tell you thatís not a bad job for one of your first ones. It looks better then a boot wrap and you have worked out several solutions to the method. One thing Iíll add is that if you had used thicker pleather or real leather you may have been able to make the toe/vamp area in one piece and not have the little tucks on sides of each toe. Wet leather has a lot of mold ability, even dry leather if worked by hand can be formed. And pleather and vinyl can be worked in the same way with carefull use of a hairdryer.

02-13-2007, 07:41 PM
I love this. Question, though. Where do you get liquid plastic resin? Is it expensive?

02-16-2007, 01:43 AM
Okay I might have read over someone already asking this, but i was wondering, when you use the term 'sew', did you do it by hand? I'm assuming that's the only possible way, but I mean like...my mind isn't comprehending how to sew something like that. I'm sorry! I'm really slow..how do you go about your sewing technique for this?

07-25-2007, 06:55 PM
The shoes that I want to make into boots have laces on them. Do you think it would be safe to just remove those (and possibly the tongue on the shoes)? I tried using temporary covers that I employed a similar method + velcro and gorilla glue and it kept coming off when I was wearing them.

I want some longer lasting boots. Despite the flimsy holding, the ones that I made with yours and Sarcasm-hime's help did look pretty sweet, even if worn out of cosplay. Hoping to be able to make them more permanent. Hehe.

01-31-2008, 12:43 AM
I know this is kinda an old thread but do you think this could be applied to rollerblades? I am going for a look like this http://img.onemanga.com/mangas/00000013/00000001/00.jpg

02-09-2008, 06:52 PM
Another thread revival XD

What is the best place to buy shoe tacks/where can I find them?

02-15-2008, 01:59 PM
I've been looking for a good boot (cover) tutorial for a while! This will be a big help when I need to make a pair of crazy shoes.
I just want to know 2 things, what did you use for tacks? and how did you attach the covers to the sole of the shoe? I didn't quite understand... did you sew them down somehow or tack them down?

02-15-2008, 03:06 PM
I’ve never used shoe tacks before but what I use is Shoe GOO, it’s a shoe glue that work really well. There are other brands out there and the all work the some.

We talk about this here a bit as well

02-22-2008, 04:47 PM
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://rinoa-angelical.shinranet.com/Angelic/06.JPG&imgrefurl=http://rinoa-angelical.shinranet.com/Angelic/Angelic%2520Layer%2520-Angels%2520y%2520Deus-.htm&h=376&w=208&sz=15&hl=en&start=5&tbnid=CAhYezmf3G20gM:&tbnh=122&tbnw=67&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2Bangelic%2Blayer%2Bangels%26gbv%3D2 %26hl%3Den will that toto work for her boots as well the white angel blanche

03-21-2008, 07:31 AM
oh my god, I still don't understand. ;3; I read it and I can't seem to get it in my head how its supposed to work. ;3;
I'm trying to make Arc's shoes from FFIII, the DS version.

05-17-2008, 10:55 AM
Thank you for this! (seriously)

I found it through the tutorials list and I will definitely be referring to it when I work on my own boots this summer!

Thank you!

10-30-2008, 06:25 PM
Oh you absoloute GENIUS. I was going ot ask for something like this so I can turn my poor abandoned converse into comfy Harley Quinn shoes. Thank you!

01-15-2009, 07:18 AM
I would love to see the pictures that go along with this but it says the account is down. V_V I have 3-5 pairs of boots to make and I'd love to use this guide. It looks pretty straight forward.

01-15-2009, 10:35 AM
this thread is old as dirt, so I'm guessing that that's probably why images and stuff are broken ^^;

05-03-2009, 11:39 PM
Ohmigawd I love you. I am going as Mint from Dewprism/Threads of Fate next year and I had no clue on how to do the boots. Thank you thank you.

06-10-2010, 10:25 AM
I'm sad the images no longer work. It's in a stickied thread too....kind of a shame :(

06-29-2010, 10:49 PM
yeah I agree. I came back to reference this thread for a few things and the images are gone. Going to have to go off memory now. Anyone think we can get the pics back to put up? I'd be happy to host them on my account so they don't go down.

07-03-2010, 10:57 PM
agreee. I would really love to use this tutorial but the pictures are down. I could probably use it for Maka Albarn's boots..

11-10-2010, 11:20 PM
they links don't work

04-29-2011, 10:38 PM
Links are broken. ;-;

12-09-2012, 02:06 PM
half the links no longer works.

10-31-2013, 06:19 PM
Anyway to repost the pictures on a different site or something as the domain is for sale and won't show them anymore. :(

01-19-2014, 04:30 AM
-uses Phoenix Down on thread- Thanks to the lovely and wonderful Wayback Machine over at archive.org, I managed to rescue the images, and have uploaded them to my photobucket account =D I have linked them in the order they appear in the original post.


and this is the updated link to the cosplay.com photo linked at the end: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/664972/

01-20-2014, 04:56 PM
Nice! Thank you for posting this.

01-27-2014, 03:37 AM
Your great at tutorials!
I hope to do that one day! ^_^