cherry red sneakers

cherry senakeres1Woa, crack out the sunnies!  So, my second pair of sneakers.  Bit bright, eh?!

Pattern, drafted it myself.  I’ve written a little tutorial on how I made my pattern, coming soon.

Fabric; cherry red cotton corduroy, bias binding; a red small-print floral.  Both these fabrics from my mother’s stash when she did a clean out a while back.  Black bias binding that goes around the bottom edge; made from some quilting cotton from my stash.  Black eyelets from Spotlight, black shoelaces from Coles.  Inners; cut from an old yoga mat, stabiliser cut from thin cork (old placemats), rubber soles (matting from Bunnings).  Glue is all-purpose PVA from Bunnings.

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Construction; stitched the uppers together first, stitched them to a corduroy “sole” with a wide border (above).  Padding: glued corduroy to bottom of the yoga matting inners cut to fit, trimmed off the edges.  Glued the shoe upper to the padding, wrapping the wide border down and under, snipping around corners, glueing it underneath.  Glued a thin cork sole cut to fit underneath.  Black bias binding, folded and pressed upper edge, left lower edge wide and raw.  Glued folded top edge of binding around the bottom edge and folded under, snipping around corners and glued the excess width underneath the cork. Last thing; cut and trimmed the black rubber sole to fit, glued it underneath. (below)


As far as the construction of these ones goes, I’m satisfied.  They’re tough, and will hold together just fine, and they work.  Meh, *shrug*   All in all, they’re ok, and not a fail.cherrysneakers2

However, my materials; yoga matting is not an ideal inner sole, really.  It’s been good to play with, for learning purposes; but I think it’s time I shopped around for something more sturdy and hardwearing.  And I’ve discovered it won’t glue properly to anything other than fabric.

Anyway, here’s the thing; I reeeeeeally want to move onto some of my better materials, like my precious small stash of leather, for instance.  My ultimate goal is to make leather shoes for winter.  These last two pairs of shoes have actually been but mere trials.  And tribulations…? debatable!

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23 Thoughts on “cherry red sneakers

  1. Julia on 03/03/2016 at 3:51 pm said:

    Hi Carolyn,
    I have been following your blog for quite a while. It is a delight to read and I am in awe of your makes.
    Have you checked out the shoe-making posts of this blog:
    I found them enticing, very much so. Only I would prefer to use a last of my own foot for perfect fit. I am sure you will carve your own. 😉

  2. Waouh, incredible! I’m very impressed by this work. Congratulations and I look forward to the tutorial 🙂

  3. It’s amazing how you can make viable shoes from what pretty much amount to house hold goods! I like their look and am looking forward to what else you come up with!

  4. These are truly wonderful. I love the colour. I can’t wait to see your leather version!

  5. You continually amaze me 🙂

  6. Very cute shoes. Love the floral trim.
    Just curious…have I fixed the phishing warning???

  7. A second pair of real sneakers in alovely bright colour! I can’t wait to see a leathern pair 🙂

  8. i love your shoemaking posts! it’s my dream too, to make my own shoes one day.. i’ve actually found a shoemaking course here in belgrade, it’s a bit pricey, but i plan to join it once i save the money 😀 once the course is over, you have 2 finished pairs of shoes, cool right 🙂 ah, dreams
    as for the sole issue, can you find a store that sells real shoe sole supplies? i never know those existed, as you don’t see those fabrics in regular haberdashery stores, but once i did a bit of research i’ve found few (maybe you can find them in perth too)

  9. This is so impressive. I think you are going to turn out some great-looking leather shoes here pretty soon.o

  10. Seriously, is there anything in you wardrobe that you can’t make? Your new shoes are very cool.

  11. Nice! Very cute sneakers & the possibilities really seem endless!

  12. Hélène on 03/03/2016 at 9:11 pm said:

    These sneakers are adorable with the liberty trim. The way you show it makes it seems quite feasible. Can’t wait to see your tutorial and your leather version. Thanks!

  13. Brenda on 03/03/2016 at 11:12 pm said:

    Do you know about this organization? They have a mail order kit that may interest you. Thanks for posting all of your makes. They are so inspiring!

  14. This is fantastic. I have always wanted to make shoes but never knew where to begin. Great blog. I will definitely be back regularly. I have yet to work my way backwards but will strat to read you older posts once I have written this. I think your work is simply awsome!

  15. sankati on 04/03/2016 at 12:21 am said:

    A fascinating line of study you’ve undertaken! The mind buzzes with possibilities.

    Cool prototypes so far. I couldn’t follow the description between the photos of the finished corduroy uppers and the finished shoe, so I hope there are more intermediate steps photos when you try your leather pair.

    Aside from the exciting links in the earlier comments, I wonder what other sources for leather booties materials you might have considered? Is it possible to reuse the soles of a discarded pair of leather shoes? Or, buy good (army / work) boots from a resale shop, to harvest the bottoms? Can’t wait to see what ideas you hit upon.

  16. Unbelievable! I love everything about them – fantastic!

  17. Love these! It’s my goal to make shoes this year so I’m looking forward to your tutorial!!!

  18. GAH!!!! These are just too cute for words! I mean….corduroy with floral…in RED!!! Beyond cute really! I’m beginning to imagine all the possibilities that can come with making one’s own footwear…

  19. I can’t believe that these are just trials!! They are so fabulous. And the color is terrific. You are amazing, woman!!

  20. These look so good! Love the color~

  21. Love the colour and the Liberty trim is gorgeous.

  22. Oh my gosh, you are amazing!! Love the trim. You do the coolest things.

  23. I know I’m very late to this party, but I wanted to mention that you can find a foam adhesive in auto supply stores that will likely work. They use it to adhere the fabric to the roof of cars (among other things).

    I love these and never thought I would ever consider making shoes, but for the first time, I am.

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