This is an instructable for making your own pair of shoes with materials you can buy in an art store or a fabric store. I base my technique off of traditional shoe making methods, but you won't need expensive materials, a nice set up, or complex tools.
This method will also create perfectly fitting shoes as the pattern will be drawn from your own feet!
The total cost of this project is less than $50 and, will take under 20 hours.
*Note: if you choose not to use leather, you shoes will probably be best as indoor-only shoes*
2 sqft 1/4" thick cork (OR shoe leather, which can be bought at a shoe repair store)
1 yard of each fabric/leather used on the outside of the shoe
1 yard of the fabric used on the inside of the shoe
Thread (thicker is best)
Superglue (or Shoe Goo)
The Last (cast of your foot)
13+oz. of alginate
64+oz. of Permastone (or another casting material like rubber)
Retractable utility knife
Eyelet puncher (usually comes with eyelets)
Step 1: Generate a Concept
The most important step in any project is the design phase. Think about the type of shoe you want to make and do some sketches.
For my shoe, I ended up wanting to do a fancier-looking dancing shoe with a wider end that wouldn't constrict my toes.