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27 Jun 2010 - 20:1835247
Boot covers
Hello again!

For my next cosplay I'm going to need to enter the world of boot covers... but I really have no idea where to start!! I have searched around for tutorials but haven't found one that is particularly helpful and has pictures for me to follow.

I need them for my next Syaoran cosplay http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/11345 It doesn't look like they are proper "boots" as such but rather a more smarter shoe. What material should I make them with as well?

Any help would be very much apperiated! ^^;


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27 Jun 2010 - 20:3935249
I used this tutorial for my Noel and Shenny's Jin bootcovers ^^ worked very nicely!

GTSQ Non-stretch bootcover tutorial

I definitely recommend making a mock-up first out of spare fabric as bootcovers can be very tricky at the start, but anyways I hope that helps! ^^


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29 Jun 2010 - 14:4835378
Ah, okay! Thank you very much! ^^


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01 Jul 2010 - 11:2735483
Looks like you could just cut down some stirrup bottom ski pants/leggins and use the bottom parts for your boot covers.

Should be easy to make though if you want. I just wrote a tutorial how I made my boot toppings for Catwoman cos. Obv you wont need the glueing part, but you might find some of it usefull. The long description is written in the comments section, and there are some wip pics in the journal entries too.
Catwoman - http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/11949


01 Jul 2010 - 11:4735485
Id do something like, white shoes, then sock like things, but with the toe and the heel missing, worn over the shoes..

Or something


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01 Jul 2010 - 19:1035500
Quote Ranma1-2:
Looks like you could just cut down some stirrup bottom ski pants/leggins and use the bottom parts for your boot covers.

Should be easy to make though if you want. I just wrote a tutorial how I made my boot toppings for Catwoman cos. Obv you wont need the glueing part, but you might find some of it usefull. The long description is written in the comments section, and there are some wip pics in the journal entries too.
Catwoman - http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/11949


Oooh, thanks for that! I do have one question though, do you leave the fabric on the sole of the shoe? All the tutorials seem to do so and I thought it would wear the fabric under it/lose all the grip from the shoe? Unless I've missed the point somewhere XD


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01 Jul 2010 - 19:2335503
Quote Lady Bahamut:
Oooh, thanks for that! I do have one question though, do you leave the fabric on the sole of the shoe? All the tutorials seem to do so and I thought it would wear the fabric under it/lose all the grip from the shoe? Unless I've missed the point somewhere XD

No, I personally dont leave the fabric on the sole of boot covers, because I think it might be a slip hazzard on polished floors. So instead I glue the fabric onto the sides of the sole and trim the rest off flush with the sole. I just sent a tut with pics on how I made my boot toppings, because Amy asked me. So that should appear in the Cos Island Articles section ..soon.

But your particular costume boot tops look like they can be made with just stirrups on the bottom which fit under the arch. so they wont get walked on and you won't need to glue anything. I guess just think of wearing your boot tops like spats, over a pair of ankle boots.


01 Jul 2010 - 19:5035504
Quote Ranma1-2:
Quote Lady Bahamut:
Oooh, thanks for that! I do have one question though, do you leave the fabric on the sole of the shoe? All the tutorials seem to do so and I thought it would wear the fabric under it/lose all the grip from the shoe? Unless I've missed the point somewhere XD

No, I personally dont leave the fabric on the sole of boot covers, because I think it might be a slip hazzard on polished floors. So instead I glue the fabric onto the sides of the sole and trim the rest off flush with the sole. I just sent a tut with pics on how I made my boot toppings, because Amy asked me. So that should appear in the Cos Island Articles section ..soon.

But your particular costume boot tops look like they can be made with just stirrups on the bottom which fit under the arch. so they wont get walked on and you won't need to glue anything. I guess just think of wearing your boot tops like spats, over a pair of ankle boots.


Okay, yeah I see what you mean ^^ So you think strechy lycra fabric will work okay for that?


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01 Jul 2010 - 23:3235533
Quote Lady Bahamut:
Okay, yeah I see what you mean ^^ So you think strechy lycra fabric will work okay for that?

Yep. They look close fitting in the artwork, and I cant see any type of fastening. So yeah I would go with streatchy lycra if it was me. If you made like a pair of oversized socks and cut the heels and toes out thats more or less what you need, I think.


02 Jul 2010 - 14:4035554
Quote Ranma1-2:
Quote Lady Bahamut:
Okay, yeah I see what you mean ^^ So you think strechy lycra fabric will work okay for that?

Yep. They look close fitting in the artwork, and I cant see any type of fastening. So yeah I would go with streatchy lycra if it was me. If you made like a pair of oversized socks and cut the heels and toes out thats more or less what you need, I think.


Okay! ^^ Thank you very much! You've been very helpful


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02 Jul 2010 - 23:3835601
Quote Ranma1-2:
I just sent a tut with pics on how I made my boot toppings, because Amy asked me. So that should appear in the Cos Island Articles section ..soon.


Indeed it's up in the articles ->tutorials section now


02 Jul 2010 - 23:4935602
Cheers Amy. ^_^


25 Aug 2010 - 20:4439294
Lol, me again 8D I thought I'd put this in my own thread rather than making a whole new one!

I've been searching for boots for this cosplay and have recently discovered that Riding boots are the exact shape that I'm looking for... but most of them are very high! Extending up to the knee area (from what I can gather) or so.

Now, what I wanna know is: Is it safe to cut them smaller to the height that I want them? I wasn't sure because they are either made of leather or some other shiney looking material. I didn't want to cut them and the edges to be rough on my legs


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25 Aug 2010 - 20:5339296
Quote Lady Bahamut:
Lol, me again 8D I thought I'd put this in my own thread rather than making a whole new one!

I've been searching for boots for this cosplay and have recently discovered that Riding boots are the exact shape that I'm looking for... but most of them are very high! Extending up to the knee area (from what I can gather) or so.

Now, what I wanna know is: Is it safe to cut them smaller to the height that I want them? I wasn't sure because they are either made of leather or some other shiney looking material. I didn't want to cut them and the edges to be rough on my legs


Prbs best to check what kind of leather they are for a start- usually they are a rubber composite (going by the pair i have) and tend to be lined as well so cutting may be interesting to say the least. Recently i had to make some boot covers for the first time and found a great tutorial in the articles section. Ok so they're thigh high but def worth a look- you can just mod the length to how you want! Try that 1st and see. Waaaaay easier then cutting something like that! XD


25 Aug 2010 - 20:5839297
Quote neomogrox:
Quote Lady Bahamut:
Lol, me again 8D I thought I'd put this in my own thread rather than making a whole new one!

I've been searching for boots for this cosplay and have recently discovered that Riding boots are the exact shape that I'm looking for... but most of them are very high! Extending up to the knee area (from what I can gather) or so.

Now, what I wanna know is: Is it safe to cut them smaller to the height that I want them? I wasn't sure because they are either made of leather or some other shiney looking material. I didn't want to cut them and the edges to be rough on my legs


Prbs best to check what kind of leather they are for a start- usually they are a rubber composite (going by the pair i have) and tend to be lined as well so cutting may be interesting to say the least. Recently i had to make some boot covers for the first time and found a great tutorial in the articles section. Ok so they're thigh high but def worth a look- you can just mod the length to how you want! Try that 1st and see. Waaaaay easier then cutting something like that! XD


I know the tutorial and I will be following it! But I've been looking for shoes with a very specific bottom shape that have no... laces or antyhing else that is gotta make things more confusing for me. And they are what I deem to be best ^^;


Either that or I go for the ankle height ones XD


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Last edited by Lady Bahamut (25 Aug 2010 - 21:01)
26 Aug 2010 - 11:4939333
Quote Lady Bahamut:
Lol, me again 8D I thought I'd put this in my own thread rather than making a whole new one!

I've been searching for boots for this cosplay and have recently discovered that Riding boots are the exact shape that I'm looking for... but most of them are very high! Extending up to the knee area (from what I can gather) or so.

Now, what I wanna know is: Is it safe to cut them smaller to the height that I want them? I wasn't sure because they are either made of leather or some other shiney looking material. I didn't want to cut them and the edges to be rough on my legs
If it was me I would go in with the scissors
How I would do it is cut the boot tops down to about an inch higher than the required height. Then turnover the top inch into the insides and press the new crease in with fingers. Then apply Strong contact adhesive (e.g. Evostick Impact contact adhesive) and stick the turnover down to the insides working a couple inches at a time so you can grip and hold tight until the glue sets. Finally work on the lining. Do similar, turn it over towards the new glued edge inside and press the crease (make it so the lining doesn't show above the boot tops ..I would stop about 1/2 inch from the top with the lining). Carefully glue the turned over lining in this position. I think that would look pretty neat and be comfortable to wear.

Tip - If you have a set of plastic spring clamps you can use them to hold the glue while it is dryimg..or even clothes pegs-if they are strong enough.
These
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/3pc-6-Plastic-Spring-Clamp-Quick-Grip-Clip-/140440396586?pt=UK_Hand_Tools_Equipment
You can pick a set up in the pound shops, they are handy for making stuff!


26 Aug 2010 - 14:2839337
They look more like spats than actual boots to me

http://www.freewebs.com/dragonflydesignsbyalisa//steampunk2/dsp_tall_spats1.jpg

this would make things much easier to make lol


26 Aug 2010 - 16:1739348
Oh, wow! I had no idea that anything like that existed. Those "spat" things look exactly what I want!

But still, I do still need to get the correct shoes XD So thanks Ranma1-2!

I have one last question... if I did glue whatever fabric I choose to use as boot covers onto the boot, could I then take them back off (without damaging the shoe/boot) so that I could use them for other cosplays?


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26 Aug 2010 - 23:3039370
Quote Lady Bahamut:
Oh, wow! I had no idea that anything like that existed. Those "spat" things look exactly what I want!

But still, I do still need to get the correct shoes XD So thanks Ranma1-2!

I have one last question... if I did glue whatever fabric I choose to use as boot covers onto the boot, could I then take them back off (without damaging the shoe/boot) so that I could use them for other cosplays?
Umm ..no, doing it my method with boot toppings the fabric gets glued onto the donor shoes. But those spats look like the way to go. And best of all..the spats seem to be completely removeable.


27 Aug 2010 - 00:2939373
Yup, traditional spats had a strap that would go under the shoe and button onto the other side, however if you made yours out of fabric you would just be able to slide them on and off as you please.



Last edited by Marauchettes (27 Aug 2010 - 00:30)
25 Sep 2010 - 14:0441483
Me again 8D


Okay, I have brought some boots that I thought would be suitable from ebay. The only problem is that they have a zip running down the sides of them, something I was unaware of!! The thing is, I need to cut these boots down in length and I'm unsure how to do this with the zip there... do I take the zip out altogether and just fill in the hole left there as I dont really want the zip there in the first place? Or can I somehow make the zip shorter?

Thanks for all the help XD


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Last edited by Lady Bahamut (25 Sep 2010 - 14:04)
25 Sep 2010 - 14:2641484
You're not really suppose to cut zips, but if you have to, make sure you thoroughly burn the edges so that they don't fray and the zip is destroyed. That's what I do if I have a zip that's too long by accident and I'm too cheap to buy another haha!


25 Sep 2010 - 15:3341488
Ah, okay. Thanks!

But would it not be easier to take the zip out altogether? I wanna make these boots close fitting to my leg anyway... unless I just don't make the boot cover go over the zip but have it stop by the edges... which had not occured to me untill this moment!


Edit: There actually seems to be a few "shortening zips" tutorials out there!


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