Step 33: Appreciate Your Shoe and Make the Other One

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Woo! Your shoe is officially done!

Put it on and see how it fits. The shoe I made with cork was extra light and flexible, but still pretty classy looking.

Now you have to make the other shoe :)

You should definitely make a cast of your other foot, but you won't need to draw your patterns again.

Take the paper patterns you drew and turn them over. If you made your right shoe first the flipped over patterns will fit a left shoe perfectly and vice versa.

Good luck and I hope you enjoyed this homemade shoe Instructable!
BethH25 months ago

I haven't made shoes from scratch but have worked with shoe materials and anatomic plaster models.

Adhesives: Barge is outstanding. Renia is also outstanding. I actually prefer Renia but it is expensive and a little tricky to purchase unless you're a professional. http://www.algeos.com/html/products/adhesives/reni...

Barge is easier (an advert for ShoeGoo popped up on Amazon when I searched for Barge):http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032YYOFS/ref=pd...

Modifying plaster is possible and mostly easy. You can extend/round the toe box by placing the foot mold sole side down. Then staple a 1.5" wide strip of plastic (like 1/8" polypropylene) to the sides of the foot so the strip makes a loop around the front of the toes and makes full contact with the work surface. This plastic is going to serve as a barrier for plaster, if there are gaps the plaster will seep. Then mix about 1/2-3/4 cup of plaster so it is silky smooth. Pour the plaster between the toes and the plastic. Wait. When the plaster has set pry off the staples and plastic. Shape as needed using a surform rasp.

Or modify like in this video around the toe box. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqBpXMMtirY

amadadi1 year ago

I know this sounds too extravagant, but I always wanted to make my own Soccer cleats. do you think replacing the rubber / cork outsole with suitable plastic material (I think I found some suitable ones for this purpose) and cutting holes in it to accomodate the studs will work? Please let me know if you have any ideas I really want to do this and this tutorial was both eye opening and full of hope for my project! Thanks!

Zobot2 years ago
I love this inscrutable, it is very inspiring. I have been looking for something like this for years, and it opened the door to a wealth of information by means of knowing what questions to ask :D. I do have a question for you though. I tried this, and I used a roll of cork that I bought at Lowes. The shoes turned out great except that the second time I used them the cork sole cracked. I think it is 1/8 cork from the flooring department, I don't know much more about it. Is there a special kind that you are supposed to use for shoe making that is more flexible?
heya i was just wondering about the bit where you have made the last and want to mould around your toes, did you just use tape or did you use some sort of filler permastone solution? i want to make my own lasts and fill in that area to make it smooth ish. thanks for sharing your work
luciac19882 years ago
ahelton3 years ago
I'd love to see a photo of them on your feet. Have you made other styles?
kellylynn4 years ago
looks good and can't wait to try w/ leather,thanx!
bachinie4 years ago

Thank you for this c:
Cpt. Caleb4 years ago
Geez, thanks for being the ONLY practical step by step process for this topic on the entire internet!

Nice Ible by the way, it'd be great to see more of these made. but it just seems so tedious.
josuchav4 years ago
this rocks.
I've made some turn shoes in the past but these are awesome.

How well does the cork hold up against concrete/ street walking?
WilliamBottini (author)  josuchav4 years ago
Thanks! It's a pretty fun project because it can be very involved if you want it to be but isn't so long that you'll stop halfway through.

I'll say that the cork will work with street walking if you're careful to avoid rocks. There are several thicknesses of cork you can buy at a drafting or art store and I think that stacking thinner pieces together works better than getting using a single piece. It seems to allow for more flexibility.

However, I try to use my shoes indoors only. If you want to use them outdoors I'd suggest you visit a shoe repair store and ask for some of their sole leather. You should be able to buy them and pare them down yourself for about $20.
I've been thinking about this a bit and there is a shoe making group (I can't seem to remember the name right now) and they use regular shoe glue or contact cement to adhere tire shavings. I tried this out myself a couple of times and it's a fun way to do it too. Just smear a coating of contact cement on the sole and then put tire shavings on it. Let it dry and repeat until desired thickness is achieved. I usually tap the sole with a light hammer to make the rubber stick a little tighter.

I won't have time to do this for at least a couple of weeks to a month, but I really want to try this out. Once I do I'll see if I can figure out how to make an instructable response to yours and do only the soles part.

At any rate, thanks again for making this one. I looked and looked online trying to find an easy way to make lasts and then how to make a shoe around it... this is certainly the best bit I've found.
akregio4 years ago
so love it! thanks for the instructions :)
pyromonkey4 years ago
This project is so creative!! Now I have a new use for my fabric scraps! :)
funkijunk4 years ago
This is an awesome project :D