The type of boots used depends on the model that you plan to make from them. To work using the bottom of the shoe, old boots made of genuine, eco-leather or suede are suitable. Genuine leather is durable, flexible, easy to process and dye. She practically does not change her appearance for many years, unlike leatherette. The lower part of the shoe (toe and back) remain, as a rule, in good condition along with the shafts.
Attention! The best option would be autumn boots without insulation. Winter models in the process of wearing because of the fur stretch, so after removing the fur, the remaining base will not fit snugly on the leg.
What shoes will make shoes
For some models, you can use any boots, even completely lost their original appearance or cracked from any material. In this case, you need additional natural material of good quality to update the front of the shoes. It can also be leather or suede from old jackets, bags or tops. In this case, the boots will fulfill the role of a block with a ready-made sole for future shoes.
From the boots it will turn out to make closed autumn shoes or battalions, provided that any type of sole is preserved (on the platform, heel, wedge heel). For summer versions of shoes from boots, you can take only the upper part, using it with a thin sole.
What materials and tools will be required
The set of necessary tools and materials depends on the model. Of the tools you may need:
- metal ruler;
- stationery knife;
- glue gun;
Materials for work:
- old boots with heels (or on any sole);
- glue "Moment" or another for skin gluing;
- dense cotton or nylon thread;
- pieces of leather or suede from an old jacket;
- a strip of soft leather to match the suede;
- decor (optional).
Shoes from boots: step by step
The manufacturing process of ankle boots from old cracked leatherette boots consists of several stages:
- Choose the height of the shoes (ankle-deep or slightly higher).
- Draw a cut line with a pencil. It can be flat or curly at the choice of the master, using a ruler or curve.
- Carefully trim the top along the intended line.
- To completely clean the workpiece from the remaining pieces of leatherette so that the surface is smooth.
- Distribute the prepared piece of suede along the front of the workpiece, starting from the inside (from the zipper) to the outside, launching the material on the heel and sole.
- Glue carefully with a gun, smoothing suede well so that wrinkles do not form. For high-quality gluing, clamp the fabric with the palm of your hand while holding glue for the time it has set.
- Leave the workpiece until the glue has completely dried. This time is indicated on the tube.
- After the suede is fully fixed, carefully trim the leftovers with a clerical knife.
- The heel side is formed in the same way.
- The neck of the shoe is tucked, stitched with a transparent thread to match the edges of the trimmed zipper. For finishing, you can use a narrow strip of soft leather to the tone of suede, evenly laying it and sheathing the trimmed edges.
- Ankle boots can be decorated with dense lace by gluing it to the side or back.
Important! To properly distribute suede and cut the workpiece, shoes must be worn on the leg, zipped up.
If old boots were decorated with decorative elements (fringe, straps, metal overlays), they can be torn off or removed before work, and then used to decorate updated shoes.