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Shoes: second attempt

After my first attempt at making shoes, I wanted to try a different pattern to see what else I could learn.

Shoeology Everyday Loafers

Pattern: Everyday Loafers by Shoeology
Size: 9
Fabric:
outer: 100% organic cotton canvas, lining: some kind of quilting cotton, buttons: coconut, inserts: 100% wool felt
Modifications: none

This time I followed the instructions and sewed up one practice shoe without interfacing, and I liked it, so I made another. The square toe fits my weirdly square feet perfectly, so I didn’t need to do any modifications this time.

The construction of this one is different than my last pair. Instead of a full lining, the lining and the outer are both sewn to the sole, and then a removable insert is used to cover the bottom. The instructions say to buy an insert and then spray glue fabric to it, but I made my inserts out of two layers of wool felt and stitched a layer of lining fabric on top to match. I don’t like how the unfinished edges are slightly visible with this method, but I like the removable inserts, so I think I’ll combine the two methods for my next pair.

Shoeology Everyday Loafers

Shoeology Everyday Loafers

These are super comfy, and I’ve been wearing them around the house non-stop, so I think I’ll consider these a successful pair of slippers, and a solid step towards wearable shoes!

Shoeology Everyday Loafers

And now a review and comparison/contrast of the two patterns for anyone who might be considering making shoes (or even just slippers):

Shoeology Everyday Loafers: The instructions on this pattern are not as detailed as the uku2 pattern (especially in terms of fit), but if you’re looking for a quick slipper pattern, the lack of extra detail could be a good thing. If you have square toes like me, they will probably fit without any modifications, so that’s a plus for some people. These fit a bit larger than the uku2 ones, so the fit is better with socks. Great pattern for a first pair.

uku2 Round Toe Slippers: The instructions are amazing and detailed. You can really tell she did her research, and if you want to get into the finer details of fitting, this pattern is great. She talks about the importance of accurate stitching, and it was a bit overwhelming at first because I thought any small mistake would wreck my slippers, but that’s really not the case. This pattern is great for taking slipper-making to the next level, and really perfecting it.

Overall, I’m glad I bought both patterns since I will be combining techniques from both, and maybe even using both patterns for future pairs. I think I’m ready to try making a real pair with outdoor soles next!

Shoeology Everyday Loafers

 

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
Size:
9
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?