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Olette Shoes Tutorial
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Published: June 25, 2009
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For JAFAX 2009, I remade most of my Olette cosplay - which included making huge gigantic shoes! I didn't want to bother with the clown shoe deconstruction method that's popular on Cosplay.com, so I sort of came up with my own method having no idea if it would work or not. Luckily, the end result is really nice! And it was relatively easy to do, too.

If you try to make your own shoes this way, let me know how it goes! Also if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask~.


Materials: clogs, white Model Magic, craft foam (yellow/brown/white), black shoe laces, copious amounts of hot glue

Character: Olette
Series: Kingdom Hearts (II)
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Yuniiku-chan's avatar
Yuniiku-chanStudent Artisan Crafter
The best way I have found to use Model Magic and make it last is to either fiberglass it, or to use floor varnish on it once it's all dry and sanded. This makes it a LOT more durable.
MikiyoOo's avatar
MikiyoOoHobbyist Artisan Crafter
They look really great! But I wonder, doesn't the modelling clay break or at least get scratches while wearing them?
MangoSirene's avatar
MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
It does, but as long as you're being careful with them, it won't be too bad. :) Plus, the beauty of Model Magic is that you can repair it really easily using water.
SoraLuhhverr's avatar
okay well i put the model magic on my clogs,but the sad part is...ITS CRACKING!D"; i tried sanding it down and only the front part came out smoothish,but the sides are all cracky and bleeghhh:( i dont know what went wrong,i follwed the instructions:/ please HEEEELP!:o
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MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Don't panic! When Model Magic dries, it shrinks and therefore can crack a bit. Just rub it over with water and then fill in the cracks with more Model Magic. Then sand over it once it's dry. :)
SoraLuhhverr's avatar
Will do!
Oh! by the way,your cosplaying is VERY awesome,so realistic...its..its amazing
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MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
slgfkjh thank you so, so much, that really means a lot to me! ;____;
SoraLuhhverr's avatar
Im actually using this tutorial right now:P haha i already put the model magic on th clogs now just waiting for them to dry off. i have a huge feeling its gunna go great! im so glad you put this tutorial up,iy helps ALOT. you rock!
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MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh I'm so glad to hear it's working out for you!! :D Keep me updated on your progress~! :hug:
RoaringLionheart101's avatar
Heheh. I made my gigantic Olette shoes with this tutorial, and they were great and got a lot of positive feedback. I think it's pretty safe to say that my shoes were everyone's favorite part of my costume! ^_^ However, at the end of the day, they'd cracked and I'd like to remake them soon so... I have a couple of questions:

1. What kind of shoes did you use as a base pair? I used a really weird, fuzzy, Croc-like pair and had a hard time getting the Model Magic to stick to them.
2. How did you get the Model Magic to look smooth when it's finished? I sanded my shoes like crazy to try to get them smooth, but they still came out all weird and lumpy. >_<
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MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm so glad it worked out for you~! :D

1. Just a pair of plain black clogs. They had sort of a leather-type texture to them, and the Model Magic stuck to them pretty easily. In places where it didn't stick, I just secured it with hot glue.

2. Hrm, that sounds weird... All I did to mine was sand it as soon as it was dry. Is the batch of Model Magic you used old or new? Because as it sits over time (even if it's not opened) it can get that sort of "gritty" texture to it.
RoaringLionheart101's avatar
Hmm. Maybe my batch of Model Magic was too old then, because it did look a little "gritty" on the shoes. I'll watch out for that next time! Thanks!
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MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem~! I hope it works out better this time! :hug:
anijess3's avatar
anijess3Hobbyist General Artist
Howdy! Great tutorial. I've made ginormouslly disproportionate shoes before, but never with these materials, how do you think these shoes held up when wearing them for a fairly long period of time?

Thank you ever so much!
MangoSirene's avatar
MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wore these for an entire day at a con, and by the end of the day they were a little cracked on the top, but I was able to repair them just by wetting the Model Magic and smearing the cracks back together. Super simple! :D
anijess3's avatar
anijess3Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thanks! I'm definitely going to make a pair of shoes this way now. I really appreciate your help!
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MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! :hug: I'd love to see how they turn out! :D
anijess3's avatar
anijess3Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Me too... o.O
Kishaniyami's avatar
KishaniyamiStudent
Are these comfortable?
MangoSirene's avatar
MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mine definitely were! They'd be just as comfortable as the base shoes you use are. I'd owned the clogs I used for a few years prior, so they were nice and broken in, and super comfy. :) So just make sure the shoes you use for a base are comfy, and you shouldn't have any problem~!
Kishaniyami's avatar
KishaniyamiStudent
That's helpful! I'd hate to have amazing looking cosplay shoes that hurt! :)
MangoSirene's avatar
MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh trust me, I've had to wear horribly painful shoes for cosplay before, and it isn't any fun at all! ;o; But these ones are definitely some of the comfiest I've gotten to wear~. :heart:
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KishaniyamiStudent
That would suck. I'll have to make a point to get comfy shoes when I start cosplaying.
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MangoSireneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely~! :D It's one of the most important things to keep in mind!
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