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Unread 06-06-2015, 10:54 AM   #1
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EVA foam Hooves?

Hey all! I'm working on a faun costume, and I'm trying to figure out how to make the hooves. I am making the shoes stilt-style, high heels with the heel cut off. I want to get some extra height at the ball of the foot and my initial plan was to use a shaped wood block/planks glued/nailed to the bottom. I'm thinking that will probably be pretty hard on my feet, what with no shock absorption. I am now puzzling over using EVA foam blocks, like the type for yoga or pilates.

Do you think a 3-4 inch block of EVA foam will compress too much over time if used as a shoe sole?
Maybe I could use a couple inches of wood and a couple inches of EVA foam as a sole?
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Unread 06-06-2015, 05:03 PM   #2
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I am making the shoes stilt-style, high heels with the heel cut off.
I'm confused. Are they stilts? or heel-less shoes? you said both. Did you actually mean platform shoes? (for reference) http://www.hairstylesandfashion.net/...s-for-women-3/

I would not build from scratch completely. At the very least I'd rework a pair of heels that you like the way your foot sits in them, then remove the heel, add platform, etc. Not supporting your arch can really do a lot of damage to your feet. Also, practice walking in them well ahead of con day.
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Unread 06-08-2015, 12:07 PM   #3
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EVA foam can be used to construct platform shoes; but it is a case where not all EVA foam is alike. lower density EVA foam will compress too much. You want higher density stuff. Other than foam suppliers or cannibalizing a pair of foam platform shoes, I don't know where to get it. If possible you want to have just a single layer of foam, as opposed to gluing together multiple thinner layers.

Whatever you do, you should as your final step apply a proper rubber sole with a good contact adhesive.

Be very careful to design these to be as durable and secure as you possibly can. You weren't designed to walk like this; it causes you to use weird muscle groups, and tripping, particularly from an equipment failure can cause serious injury.
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Unread 06-09-2015, 12:23 AM   #4
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This sort of thing but with foam?

I think the foam might give over time, but you'll probably want to use a base shoe no matter what platform material you use
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