Home Made Sock Shoes

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Introduction: Home Made Sock Shoes

About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace (www.imdib.nl) in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ...

I love to walk barefoot, but sometimes that is not the best idea. Shoes are not always necessary, so I thought the solution would be sock-shoes. Just socks with a sole underneath. (Then I found out that I was not the only one with that idea, but I still made them.)

I used oogoo for the soles. I used oogoo before in different projects.

Step 1: You Will Need

Materials:

  • Thin wood ply
  • Silicone sealant
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Corn starch
  • Wood glue
  • Socks
  • Wax

Tools:

  • Lasercutter
  • Cups
  • Clamps
  • Digital camera
  • Computer and printer
  • Brush
  • Scissors / knife

Step 2: Stamp Your Foot

To import my foot into the computer, I first made a impression of it.

  • Print the 10 x 10 mm sheet.
  • Put non permanent paint on the bottom of your foot.
  • Step on the sheet.
  • Make a picture of the print of your foot.

Step 3: Import Your Foot

  • Put in Gravit Designer (or Inkscape or Illustrator) a grid of 10 x 10 mm.
  • Import the picture of your foot.
  • Scale the picture until the 10 x 10 mm grid on the picture comes close to the 10 x 10 mm grid in the program.
  • Outline the parts where you want the sole to be.
  • Add an extra layer around the whole foot.

Step 4: Cut the Parts

I decided that both my feet are the same size!

  • Cut both forms on the lasercutter from 4 mm ply.
  • Cut them again mirrored for the other foot.
  • Sand the ply smooth.

Step 5: Make the Mold

  • Glue the first layer on a piece of ply.
  • Glue the second layer on the first layer.
  • Clamp.
  • Let dry.
  • Wax the mold for easy release.

Step 6: Make Your Oogoo

Make your oogoo.

  • Put silicon in a cup.
  • Add oil paint if you want a color.
  • Stir well.
  • Add corn starch.
  • Stir again.

I added a lot of starch because I wanted a quick drying oogoo.

Do this in a well ventilated room, because as soon as you stir the starch in, the mixture will smell a lot!

Look for other Instructables if you want to learn all the ins and outs of oogoo.

Step 7: Mold the Sole

  • Smear the oogoo in the mold.
  • Put the sock on your foot.
  • Step with your sock in the mold.
  • Make sure that you are correctly centered in the mold.
  • Now you wait.
  • Still standing in the mold.
  • And wait.
  • Wait some more (like 20 - 30 min.)

Step 8: De-mold

  • Get your foot out off the mold. (it might be a little sticky)
  • Peel the shoe out of the mold.
  • Remove the flashing.

Step 9: Other Foot

  • Repeat everything in a mirror image for the other foot.

You could do both feet the same time. That will reduce the waiting time with your feet in the mold.

Step 10: Proud Owner of My Own Sock Shoes

The sock-shoes walk great. Durability on the long run is something that remains to be seen.

What would I do different:

  • Try only oogoo in the bottom layer of the mold.

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    46 Discussions

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    hashish16
    hashish16

    Tip 1 year ago

    Great idea, one improvement: raster that bottom piece of plywood with the foot pad opening hole that way you get a wood grain texture on the bottom instead of smooth. Add some traction.

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    kenyer
    kenyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    Let me know if you can still get the soles out.

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    hashish16
    hashish16

    Reply 1 year ago

    I wouldn't see why not, there is some shrinkage which well help with the release.

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    clothier_bruce
    clothier_bruce

    1 year ago

    Do you have a dog by any chance? looks like it ripped a chunk out of the left shoe

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    OnceUponaWorkbench
    OnceUponaWorkbench

    1 year ago

    Does it ever pinch with the pieces for the ball of the foot and the big toe?

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    kenyer
    kenyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    I don't think that I fully understand your question, but they are very comfortable. (I don't wear them at the moment, because the weather isn't so good anymore.)

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    dchall8
    dchall8

    1 year ago

    If there is an oogoo contest, I vote for this project. The result is beautiful. This might be the best oogoo proj I've ever seen.

    One comment, though. The reason the silicone sets up with the powder (corn starch in your case) is that the powder holds moisture. Normally silicone sets upon contact with the humidity in the air, so it forms an outer skin which gradually vulcanizes from the outside in. Once the skin forms, it usually will not stick to anything. When you mix it with the powder, the silicone skins everywhere all at once. So if you mix it for too long, or if you wait too long before sticking your socked foot into the mix, it will skin and no longer adhere to the sock. I'm thinking you might end up with a sock and a separate form with your footprint embedded in it as if you had put a layer of plastic wrap between the sock and oogoo. The result would be a sort of orthotic...which might be a good follow-on to this project.

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    kenyer
    kenyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you. I did many oogoo projects and until now I never had a problem with to little stickiness. Plastic wrap would work fine I think, but it might be easier to just don't wear socks when you step in the oogoo.

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    Grandmaster Flash
    Grandmaster Flash

    Reply 1 year ago

    You could try E6000 after the fact. It'd give you a chance to customize the sole a little bit to make them more ergonomic, heel padding and all that jazz. You could embed plastic if you wanted to. All that before attaching to the sock. I've had better luck with parchment than I have with plastic wrap. How are they holding up to use?

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    kenyer
    kenyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    Until now they are holding better than I was expecting. It just is getting a little scuffed and it isn't so orange anymore, but no real wear.

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    Grandmaster Flash
    Grandmaster Flash

    Reply 1 year ago

    That's awesome. I thought the oil paint might cause problems. Good to know it works.

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    JimG163
    JimG163

    1 year ago on Step 10

    Thanks for enlightening me on oogoo. I must investigate this further.

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    kenyer
    kenyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    Oogoo is very easy to make and so much fun. Just be careful with the fumes that come from it. It smells so strong that I can't imagine that it is good for you. Have fun with it!

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    Grandmaster Flash
    Grandmaster Flash

    Reply 1 year ago

    I think it's mostly acetic acid, like high test vinegar, if that helps. Probably a little industrial solvent as well. This is an awesome idea btw. You've inspired me to try it out.

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    Johnkaye
    Johnkaye

    1 year ago

    As someone who has worn Vibrams for many years this is a great Instructable. There's been a growing generation gap here on Instructables that I have commented on previously. As a 69 year old I look at this and think laser cutter, digital camera and computer and printer to make this, really? Trace around your foot with a marker, transfer to plywood and cut out with a cheap coping saw, follow the mold making instructions. Done. Yes, expensive high tech can do many things but it is often overkill. Creating the mold and making the shoes is impressive. Depending on thousands of dollars worth of equipment to cut out simple wood shapes is not.

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    jmkeuning
    jmkeuning

    Reply 1 year ago

    And get off my lawn!

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    kenyer
    kenyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    I use the laser because I have it (and to promote makerspaces :) ). I also made loads of stuff before I had a lasercutter. (see my earlier Ibles) But you are absolutely right that you don't need the expensive stuff to make this shoes.

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    Johnkaye
    Johnkaye

    Reply 1 year ago

    Kenyer, thanks for the great reply. My comment in no way diminishes your great ible. You are completely correct, use the tools that you have access to and are comfortable with.

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    Reply 1 year ago

    Lasers are a great tool for those who didn't get decent "shop" classes at school - a school near me has actually made all its "technology" teachers redundant; woodwork, metalwork, textiles, food and computing will no longer be taught there, dismissed by the head teacher as "hobby subjects".

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    Lorddrake
    Lorddrake

    Reply 1 year ago

    that "head teacher" need their head examined. I think our kids benefit from learning practical skills as often as possible.