It does not matter how expensive your clothes are. If you pair them with the wrong shoes, no one will complement your attire since shoes pass a crucial fashion statement. Besides, you walk on them all day so why shouldn’t you wear shoes that are unique and classy?
Why don’t you make your shoes from scratch and come up with something unique? Even though making shapes is a complicated procedure, especially when it comes to untrained hands, you can make your shoes from home.
The following are steps to guide you on how to make shoes from scratch-
Read on for more!
Gather the materials
If planning to make shoes, you must have an idea of the type of shoes you want. Shoes are diverse, from loafers, sandals, boots, sneakers, to high heels. Think of the shoes that suit your individuality and style, and then gather the materials you’ll need when making the shoes.
With the right materials, creating a shoe is a walk in the park.
Making a foot cast
You need to create a foot cast that looks like your foot. To do this, get a box full of alginate jelly and place your foot inside. Let your footrest there for about twenty minutes as the jelly solidifies and then slowly remove your shoes.
One thing I love about this process is that you can re-use the casts for each shoe you decide to make in future, as long as you keep them safe.
Pour the casting materials into the casting box
Now that you have the right mold of your feet pour the casting material on it. Depending on the quality and type of the casting material, it might take half an hour to overnight to solidify. You need patience at this point, and you may go ahead to work on other materials.
Once the cast solidifies, remove it and get it ready. Remove it with colorless masking tape to prevent damage, and you are now able to draw your designs directly on this cast.
With the cast, you can outline your design here. Before putting things together, give the cast an outline of what you want to make.
Assembling your shoes
Cut your leather or fabrics using a template or your design using a scalpel or a surgical knife. After that, stitch the pieces together using a fluid stitch. As you stitch, be careful and slow to avoid mistakes. After stitching the shoes together, make eyelets, which are holes that you need to fix your laces if your design fits laces.
As you assemble the shoes, make sure you follow the design that you intend to make and focus on doing things right. Do not hurry!
Cut your shoe sole
Since you are making shoes from scratch, you can pick up several pieces of sheets. The reason is that cork has a comfortable cushioning for added comfort and it is also waterproof. Stitch and glue the pieces together. Stitching sole shoe fabric may not work when you use it alone. The best thing to do is to pick an excellent adhesive to glue the fabric to the sole.
Shoe glue works well when it comes to gluing shoe soles. Just make sure you apply it slowly and evenly.
Trim excess fabric
For your shoes to look good, you need to trim excess fabric and then add patches where needed. At this point, you already have a functional shoe. Add laces to the eyelets if you have not yet done that. Repeat the process with the other shoe.
Put the finishing touches to the shoe
You can decide to waterproof your shoe with a sealant spray. Also, you can add some decorative features depending on your taste and preference. After that, take a walk test to feel if the shoe is comfortable enough.
There you have it! It’s that quick and easy to make your own shoes from scratch try it today!