Making of or How to make your own
Materials: 1 yard of main body fabric (your choice, I used cheap flannel), 1/2 or less of toe and baseliner (the rubber ring around the sole) and Muslin, 1 plastic folder, Caulk, Carpet Padding (or something soft to line the bottem of the shoe), Particle board (or something durable for the sole that is close to 2 Cm thick), Something flexable or rubber like (for the toe), Carpet tacks, 28 gromits and shoe laces.
1. Taking the measurements
For the main body of the shoe: From the base of the big toe, around the heel and to the tip of the pinky. Also measure the circumfrence of the desired ending point on the leg.
The tounge: from the base of the big toe to the desired height on the foot. Then the width should be the width of the foot itself
For the sole: Trace each foot on the particle board (or desired material) and carpet padding. Then the circumfrence of the foot itself.
The height of the shoe: From the sole of your foot to the desired end point on the leg.
The height of your foot itself
2. First, plot on the muslin the main body. Using the measurements above get the length, height and ankel width drawn out. Draw the slope (estimate and use your best judgement). This is your template. Cut one more muslin template and then four of the main fabric. Sew one musli
3. Sew one muslin template to one of the main fabric templates. Make sure you sew it to the inside side of the fabric so your pattern or desired side is on the outer. Repeat this with the second piece. Take one of the two remaning pieces and sew it right side to right side with a muslin backed piece. Repeat. Turn these inside out and you have the body of your shoe. I recommend putting the gromits in at this point. Space them evenly up each side of the shoes. These will be your eyelets for the shoe laces.
4. Now, on the plastic folder (fold out the pockets, you'll have to in order to make it long enough) and use the circumfrence for the length and your foot height for the, well, height. Cut this out.
5. Take the baseliner fabric and cut a DOUBLE width (plus one or two Cm seam allowance). Cut. Sew right side to right side and turn inside out. Insert plactic piece and sew the ends together.
6. Cut the tounge. It should be double width. Fold it in half, good side to good side and stitch all open edges. Turn this inside out. (optional, you may make a muslin template for this to stiffen it up. I didn't but it will add some strength.
7. Cut the traced carpet padding.
8. Trace the carpet padding onto main fabric, leaving (depending on the thickness of the padding itself) three to four Cm allowance. Cut these double width.
9. Place the carpet padding on one side of the double width piece you just cut. Fold the piece over and sew closed. Trim any excess. This is your insole.
10. Take the rubber piece (I used thick a sheet of dried latex paint I pulled out of a can at stage crew) and trim it to cover the toe. It should cover the front area that the fabric body doesn't.
11. Trace the toe piece on the remaining baseliner fabric. Cut double width with seam allowance. Fold this fabric piece around the toe piece and sew all open edges closed.
12. Sew the tounge to the toe piece, making sure it is centered.
13. Sew the toe piece to the top of the baseliner piece centered and opposite the seam that joins the edges of the baseline.
14. Cut the traced particle board. Make three extra cuts (if your chosen sole material isn't plyable) at the back of the ball of the foot and the front of the heel.
15. Caulk the insole to the sole of the shoe.
16. Use the carpet tacks to tack the main body to the particle board making sure it is even on each side. Place the tacks every 5 cm or so.
17. Caulk the baseliner around the sole of the shoe. and let dry.
18. Insert the shoelaces and gloat about making your own shoes.