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Leather Boot Tutorial by HarmonicCosplay Leather Boot Tutorial by HarmonicCosplay
There are enough words up there, I'll leave the description in the tutorial.

Sorry for the size, it's my first one and I tried to make it not super long... but I'm super wordy. -_-

The story behind these boots starts with Avatar cosplay. We tried to find real shoes that looked like the characters, but there was nothing to be done for Sokka and Zuko, who both have incredibly unique boot styles. "Okay," I think to myself. "Someone out there has got to have a pattern for this."

Cue days long internet search.

All I could find were moccasin style boots. Those might be okay for a Water Tribe-esque boot, but they didn't look right. Finally, fed up with life, I thought about everything I've learned while sewing and remembered corset/bodice tape casts, and this boot was born. The curl in the toe didn't happen, but this was boot 1 and curls are hard.

Pic of this boot in action: [link]

If you have any questions, comment or send me a message and I'll get back to you.

Edit: Guys, this is awesome! Thank you so much to `shelldevil for the feature. I'm responding to what I can, but to everyone else, thank you so much for the favs! I'm glad this experiment of mine is useful to so many people. I was just being stubborn and wanted a boot, not a boot cover (which have their place, but I was being picky) and went at it. If you'd like rubber soles for your boot but don't want to buy and dissect a shoe to do it, check out the first comment below for a super-handy link with a pretty good selection of soles for shoe repair.

Edit the second: More pictures of this method in action for Korra cosplay (slouchy, slip on style): [link]
Those were made by tape-casting while I was wearing thick socks and some other leather boots (ones I didn't make, but have a similar profile to Zuko's), which added enough bulk and shape for the slouchier fit. Sorry to everyone who may get a notice for this change, I don't know how the notification system works but I wanted to link to other boots made with this (I'll probably be adding other people's links later, once I ask).
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AlternitiveUniverse Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Would You ever do a commission on these boots?
Amorphe-Hexe Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are a hero and a deity amongst mortals. As soon as I have my boots done, I will link you.
Arluanna Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll definitely be using this when I start my cosplay for Linwe's armor from Skyrim. Though buckles seem to be in fashion now, I want to make my own to make sure it's done right XD
Haute1 Dec 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cool... Great information. I've started making leather footwear but have put off making my  more complicated high-stylin designs. This is a great help to get me moving past moccasins.
My man here thanks you a heap!
zeldagalz Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you SO MUCH for this. I have huge calf muscles and the boots I'm making for a cosplay go all the way up to my thighs, and the only boots I found for retail that fit are over $250 USD. With this tutorial though, I spent under $40 USD on supplies because the fabric store had a sale. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
OH My GOD! THank you very much for this pattern! You are a life saver! I hate looking for boots usually as they do no have any in my calf size. This will save me a ton of money and time! Thanks very much again!
I'm glad I was able to help. ^_^
This is a really brilliant tutorial! I'm using this method to make boot covers. But, I was wondering where you got your leather and how much you paid for it.
I buy my leather from Tandy Leather. I prefer to go into their stores, but their online store is fantastic for when that's not possible (and has more things, I just like to look through before I choose a leather). The prices vary, since they have a lot of sales and I try to stock up during sales if I know I'll need leather for an upcoming project. Overall, their prices are good, it's just an expensive material.
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