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Boot Cover Tutorial

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PLEASE NOTE: If you feature this tutorial anywhere else, I request that credit is given to me, be it just a mention of my name or a link back here, and that you might have the courtesy to tell me where it is- I like to see where my stuff ends up =)

I keep getting bugged about how I made the shoes for my Shiki Misaki costume. I figured that I would make a tutorial to help anyone aspiring to make their own boot cover.

Now, this particular tutorial was designed after trial and error. Nothing I do is completely professional, and most of it is done for fun (and it seems I like to test the limits of my patience and sanity on a regular basis).

If you have any questions or comments, you're more than welcome to e-mail me at mihoyonagi@yahoo.com. Or, if you prefer, message me here on DA and I can respond back within a day or two, so long as I'm not too swamped with work.

SPACIAL NOTE: the boots that I used in this tutorial did NOT HAVE ZIPPERS and were merely meant to slip on.

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ukeikoraye's avatar
...And I've seen (firelilycosplay.deviantart.com… initially it seemed to work but then the going over the toe part was all loose and kept moving and didn't work.
ukeikoraye's avatar
What do you do if you don't want the hurt the boots? I'm having trouble figuring out how to make boot covers that are temporary - the only boots I have are Uggs, and I'm worried hot glue would hurt them. 
mihoyonagi's avatar
These boot covers are not meant to come off. I would suggest going to a discount shoe outlet or finding some online and using those when making boot covers. Using hot glue on Ugg boots would ruin them in that the glue would not come off of them, or would seriously damage them if you tried to remove it. Again, I highly suggest using cheaper shoes you don't mind losing to cosplay.
Hidanlover94's avatar
Wow this is really good. But do you think that if some one was cosplay Vergil (form devil my cry 3) could do this as well for his boots?
mihoyonagi's avatar
Oh yeah, I've used this method with fake-leather, and upholstery leather before. It is thicker and harder to work with, however, so it might end up being somewhat time consuming. But if you were to ask me honestly? Based off how his boots look, I think it might be easier if you were to buy knee-high leather boots like that and just make and attach the belts at the top, and do the detailing at the top yourself as well.
Hidanlover94's avatar
Okay I just wanted to know since I was going to buy them but I was not sure witch would be better making them or buying them but thank you so much form the info. :)
RuriFawl's avatar
Hello! I need to make boot covers but I'd rather make them temporary. I've come up with a few ways, but I was wondering if you had any tips for that? Thanks!
mihoyonagi's avatar
None off the top of my head, sorry. I'd suggested browsing around here on DA - I'm sure there's a tutorial out there for what you're looking for.
niaryusuke's avatar
hi, any ideas of what to do if you're going for a zip on boots???
mihoyonagi's avatar
I'd suggest making a flap to go over the zipper part of the boot, much like the flap over the fly on a pair of jeans. I'd hide the zipper and hold the flap down with either Velcro or perhaps snaps depends on what you feel comfortable with, or how the boot is shaped.
niaryusuke's avatar
would it work if i have a decent length boot (shin or something) then want it to lengthen it up to thigh with the same technique that you used?

i am planning on going as sandplay gakupo and i want to have that accurate thigh high boots-- but everywhere i go there's no such thing as that-- especially for guys oTL
mihoyonagi's avatar
I'd use some kind of tight material along with a smaller shoe, and sew a zipper up the back. Honestly for something as large as you are thinking, I'd urge you to use this tutorial: [link] - I wouldn't suggest using anything as thick as pleather in your case; try for a thinner, more malleable fabric. You could either stitch the boots into the actual pants to keep them up, or you could use fashion tape and stick them to your legs instead. Honestly, if you can construct them properly to fit you, you shouldn't need to do either.

Or, if you're not comfortable gluing and working with shoes, you could make a kind of removable cover, one that goes up your leg like a sock, then simply buckles, snaps together, slips over, or is somehow otherwise attached to the bottom of the shoe under the heel. This is more what I mean for something like that: [link]. Their boot covers look like they merely attach under the arch of the heel on the shoe.
Deidara1fan's avatar
What fabric did you use or what would be the best fabric to us?

Please do reaspon back I need to most like to his for my costume for an up coming Anime Convention.
mihoyonagi's avatar
Honestly, just about any fabric works. The only think I would stay away from would be things that fray easily, like brocade and the like. I've made boot covers using this method with leather, a simple cotton fabric meant for quilting, as well as stretchy fabric. It really depends on what the boots you're looking to make look like.
Deidara1fan's avatar
I just need Pureple boots for my cosplay and I only own Black adn unsure if I can find Purpel boots or shoes in time for the AnimeCon & Halloween.
mihoyonagi's avatar
I would suggest just finding fabric that you like or matches best what you're looking to create. That's pretty much all I do.
Deidara1fan's avatar
Okay and thank you very much.
rakuen004's avatar
Thank you very much for this tutorial! I'll definitely be using it for my first cosplay this year.
divinetorch's avatar
just what i needed ^^
AristoMercu's avatar
You, are my savior! I really had no idea how people made boot covers, and the first ones I got came with a cosplay i bought, and they were slip on ones, so I assumed they were temporary covers, so to speak. But now i know i can look like actual boots, and are permanent ( or at least as permanent as hot glue can get) I feel like i can actually make them now! Thank you :)
mihoyonagi's avatar
Glad to help. That's what this is up for =)
Rynsi's avatar
Thanks very much, I'm sure this will be useful to me :D
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