Some crazy yellow-tape shoes!
I was inspired by Melanie, and I always find that lady inspiring!… she commented how she thought the taped mummy shoes in my shoe pattern making post could be called finished, and I just kinda though “aha!” And “why not?” Thanks for the fab idea, Melanie!
I have an actual proper pair of shoe lasts now, but I’m so fired up with enthusiasm I just couldn’t wait and made these yellow shoes before they arrived. MAKE SHOES!! I’m SO into this right now 🙂 I sort-of did use sort-of lasts, if you can call a pair of shoes, lasts. I used some favourite shoes for the toe region, the same pair I used to for my tutorial on how to make your own shoe pattern here, and for the rest of the shoe used my own foot in a thickish sock, for some “ease”. I’m not sure if “ease is the right word though, if applied to shoes? is shoemaking like dressmaking…? Anyway.
Materials: Bear cloth tape, originally from Bunnings, old yellow Tshirt for lining. Rubber matting for soles and heels, contact adhesive from Bunnings. Eyelets from Spotlight, insole and shoelaces from Coles.
I started out by making rough “socks” using an old Tshirt from my refashioning bag. I put them on over the shoe and got taping!! whimsically going on to cut a tongue, to firmly tape on some Derby style flaps with an eyelet closure, add a sole, and make them into actual shoes. The cloth masking tape was in our garage, no doubt originally from Bunnings. It’s an all-purpose tape, sometimes as a masking tape for painting purposes, although it can also be used in plumbing and insulative repairs, and I know from bitter experience that if not removed fairly promptly after a room-painting stint, that the adhesive on this stuff gets SUPER strong over time and is capable of tearing off parts of the thing you put it on, like varnish from your skirtings and architraves, and even sometimes little strips of actual wood from your skirtings and artchitraves too. So I figured, it could be strong enough for an actual pair of shoes too?
Time will tell, time will tell. They might fall apart straight away, but if so, no biggie; they only cost me the glue for the soles. Which would be re-used in the event anyway. By the way, after perusing online video tutorials, I’ve switched to using contact adhesive for glueing together my stacked heels, and for glueing the shoe to the sole. It’s super strong, permanent, waterproof, and seems like it’s the adhesive of choice for shoe-makers.
I put an insole inside, for comfort. I covered this with some of the yellow Tshirt fabric, so it all looks nice and cohesive inside.
They’re a bit dorky and in retrospect could have used a toe puff, but you know what? they actually feel great on, and I think they could be perfectly fine for walking, even in the rain. They are waterproof, and feel very comfortable too!, the tape makes them firm bodied, yet they’re still soft, with that cotton jersey lining. I’m just a bit nervous of the bright colour… hmmm I think we might actually have a roll of black cloth tape in the shed somewhere, and maybe an old black Tshirt too… must go and rummage sometime. I fancy a black pair now!!
I’ve got to be honest, I held off on posting this and almost didn’t. I recently received some well-intentioned words about my shoe-making which was actually a little disheartening. So, I want to just reiterate; I am just a beginner here. I’m trying my hand at a new thing and learning as I go along. Obviously I am going to make some horrible shoes, make mistakes, learning is a process, and sometimes a long one; particularly when it comes to making shoes. Shoes are difficult, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
I do NOT have real-life shoe-making classes nearby, where I can just march in and sign up, and get supplied with everything I need. There are scant supplies around these parts and I’ve had to be resourceful and hunt things down, have to make do with what I can find; learn as best as I can from online videos and tutorials, and by doing.
I know my shoes look homemade, and I think I always look at the things I make with healthy attitude of self-improvement with regard to how I approach things next time… This is a new journey, and one I want to document here. If I’d just lain silent for a year and then suddenly come out with a fabulous pair of expertly made shoes, well where’s the journey in that?
Anyway, *deep breathe* enough of that. These are just silly shoes of course, albeit potentially useful too! but I’ve actually nearly finished my first, well REAL shoes, that I’m actually quite proud of!!! Just a few little finishing touches and they will appear here.. soon. Verysoon. Excited!