These are basics instructions on making your very own fashionable, completely wearable duct tape boots! Caution: not a five minute project.
Step 1: Materials
You will need duct tape multiple colors looks good (I choose black and white), some scissors, and an old pair of shoes you don't mind ruining (I used high heels but flats can be used as well). A second hand store is a good place to look for cheap old shoes.
Step 2: Building Shoe
Since this shoe has an open foot I covered it up to make it more boot like. This is done with two strips of duct tape laid on top of each other then placed over shoe. Remember you will have to take your foot in and out so don't make it too tight.
Next, taking scissors, cut the inside tape created from the first strip crossing over the shoe. Then, tape back the cut ends. This step makes the boot easier to put on.
Step 3: Make Skeleton of Boot
In this step, the skeleton of the boot is made. This step decides the design of the boot. I made mine to open in the front but you can make it to open in the back or side. First make a couple long strips by folding some tape in half (make them longer then they should be just in case) then attach them to the shoe with more tape. On my boot, I have one strip criss-crossing over the top and two going straight up from the back. In general it is a good idea to have to in the back to make it easier to shape the boot to the size of your calf.
Step 4: Adding Design
Here, I decided to make the inside of my boot open. I did this by folding multiple size strips of tape and attaching them to my skeleton. On your boot you can copy this design, create your own or even put it on the outside and make this closed. To do this, apply this step to the outside adding more skeleton strips where necessary and follow later instruction for the outside of the boot, on the inside.
Step 5: Building Closed Side
To create a closed side of boot, or even make all of the boot closed start by folding strips of tape almost all the way over, leaving a small sticky edge. Now, you can build on this edge making the side as large as you want it.
Attach this sheet of tape to one of your skeleton strips. On my boot. I made the outside closed and attached it to the back left strip.
Step 6: Forming to Fit Leg
In order to make this boot your own custom built boot, it has to be formed to fit you! Put on the boot and notice that the back skeleton strips form a v. Take tape strips and cover this v up all the way the boot. This step is easier with a friend but I did it all myself. Then using two long strips tape over the edges on both sides of the v in one vertical motion (covering up all the edges). If you want your boot to open in the back, still complete this step then make one vertical cut to create your opening and finishing by bending tape over the edges.
Step 7: Accenting Closed Side
You can spruce up any closed side of your boot by accenting it with other color tape or adding texture. I simply weaved some small tape strips and taped that on at an angle. Also, you can just run strips of tape on randomly or even create letters, it's up to you! Think of the side of the boot as an empty canvas.
Step 8: Almost Done..
Because my boot opens in the front, I created a flap to make it easier to close. I made it just like the side wall was created. Then I placed rolled pieces of tape on the inside of the boot to hold it closed. If you put your opening on the side or back you may not need this step, instead you might have two strips of tape holding it closed. However, if the opening edges don't line up, this is a good fix (trust me I did not anticipate this step in my original design).
Step 9: FINISHED!
Finally, finish covering the rest of the shoe with tape. This is another opportunity to get creative with design and color. Smooth over any bubbles in the boot, and finish the top edge off by folding over tape. Your boot is complete! Final step, show off to friends :)
Remember, you are the designer, you can make your boot tall or short, closed or open, and colorful or black and white. Have fun with the design!
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