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
For my shoe, I ended up wanting to do a fancier-looking dancing shoe with a wider end that wouldn't constrict my toes.