Finding the right pair of shoes for a costume can be one of the more challenging parts of cosplay. If you buy different boots for every superhero or video game character you dress as, it’s easy to fill up your closet and spend a lot of money. One solution to save cash is to make boot covers to go with all of your costumes. The other plus to going with boot covers is that you’re more likely to get an exact color match.
NyuNyu Cosplay, a.k.a. Maia, has written and video tutorials explaining how to make boot covers with a base shoe and .5 – 1 yards of stretch vinyl. She used the method for the Sailor Mercury costume pictured above. She likes to use a shoe with a wedge heel for a base, but you can look for whatever best suits your project. You’ll start with a draft:
Trace around your foot and leg to get the basic shape of the boot cover. Start out too large, try it on and take it in. You may want to start on paper or cheaper fabric first. Below is an example of the basic shape for ankle length boot. Adjust the shape for high heels and higher boot tops. Trace your legs for tall boots!
Pin & Sew
After cutting out an inner and outer piece, pin them right sides together, and securely sew the front and the back seams. (Remember, pin holes stay in vinyl, so pin within your seam allowance or use tape instead!) Then, flip your piece right side out.
She reviews the process in this helpful video:
Read more at Maia’s website.
Top photo by Samuel Troxell.