With a few inexpensive materials you can create any style of shoe. It is unnecessary to buy special shoes to go with your costume. Turn regular canvas tennis shoes into a pair of Halloween costume shoes. Depending on your needs, you can make shiny futuristic shoes, fake leather boots or furry feet to go along with your costume. Inexpensive, it is possible to create the exact style of shoe you need, whether you are headed out to a Renaissance fair or a Halloween costume party.
What you will need to make shoes for your Halloween costume:
thick craft foam (optional)
Ribbon or yarn
Hot glue gun
Start by making a muslin cover for your shoes. Wrap the muslin fabric around your shoe, cut and then pin together to make a cover that looks something like a spat. If you are making a high boot you will need extra fabric. In addition to the foot cover; you will need to wrap a tube shape with the seam in the front.
Make a pair of platform Halloween shoes by adding a layer of thick craft foam to the soles with hot glue before finishing the muslin pattern.
If you need a pair of monster feet, cut toes or claws into the muslin pattern. You may need to line the finished toes with craft foam.
Smooth the fabric, readjusting the pins until the muslin cover looks the way it should for the style of shoe you are creating. Use a fabric pencil to carefully mark the position of the pins.
Remove the muslin from the shoe by carefully unpinning. Lay these pattern pieces on a piece of folded fabric. Trace with the fabric pencil adding a 1/2″ all around for seams.
Place the fabric pieces right sides together. Carefully sew along the edges. Turn the fabric right-side out.
If making boots, you will need to complete the shoe covers and then hem the tops and the bottom of the tube piece. If using thin fabric, you can use a hole punch to make a row of holes down the front edges of the boot. Poke holes in thicker fabric with a utility knife. Finish by lacing the boot with a piece of yarn or ribbon.
Slip over tennis shoes. Hot glue can permanently affix the cover to the sole of the shoe.