Shoes: first attempt

I made shoes! Well, slippers. And barely wearable ones at that. But it’s a first step, and I’m hoping to have a pair of wearable (outdoor) shoes figured out by spring.

uku2 shoes

Pattern: Round toe strapless slippers by uku2
Fabric: outer 100% organic cotton twill, lining 100% organic quilting cotton
Modifications: Rounded the toe to accommodate my square feet

The instructions on this pattern are amazing. Super-detailed, with lots of photos explaining how to measure your feet properly, and how to do modifications for oddly-shaped feet (which I have!) and you can tell she did a ton of research into shoe-making. I would definitely recommend this pattern for anyone considering making shoes.

The reason these didn’t turn out quite right is completely user error. I ignored the instructions to interface because I wanted breathable shoes (I hate sweaty feet), so they’re really floppy and don’t stay on. Next time, I’ll interface with self fabric, or maybe cotton canvas, to get a bit of stability without sacrificing breathability.

The other bit of instructions I ignored was doing layers of felt in the sole, stacking from the heel and tapering to the toe. I just did one layer of wool felt all the way across because I wanted more of a barefoot/minimalist shoe. I’m happy with how it feels, but I didn’t take into account the heel depth, so the back of the heel goes up too high. An easy fix for next time.

uku2 shoes

uku2 shoes

uku2 shoes

Measuring feet is really hard! I thought I needed to adjust the left foot based on my measurements, but it turns out I didn’t need to, so one slipper is bigger than the other at the heel. I attached some elastic straps to keep these things on my feet. I’m happy with them for a first attempt, though. At least now I can wear my hand-knit socks around the house without worrying about them getting snagged on the sharp screws on the stairs. Yay!

I have one more shoe pattern I want to try before deciding which one to work on and perfect. Anyone else thinking of getting into shoe-making, or am I the only crazy one?


3 thoughts on “Shoes: first attempt

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