January 17, 2012 A Flip – Flop Tutorial
OK, I won’t post a lot of pictures this time, but I believe this will not going to be that difficult. Usually I teach a flip-flop making for to make students understand about the cemented construction, and how to get the product from scratch to finish.
Step 1. – pattern
Flip-flop is most probably the easiest pattern you will ever meet. A simple footprint to start – you need to make it slightly longer and a lot wider. Upper pattern – that is also not difficult. If you don’t know how to make it – just copy an old piece and tune it up a bit.
Step 2 – materials
Choose something heavier for upper – the same can be the insole lining as well. For midsole I would suggest a 2,5-3,5 mm thick veg tan leather, sole can be leather or rubber. Maybe rubber is better this time.
Step 3 – Asembly
Cut the materials to the right shape, which means insole lining should be a 3 mm bigger, midsole should exact. Glue them together and cut off the extra from the insole. Adjust the size of the upper on your own foot (do not make it tight, it is not an oxford), and mark the right place on the upper. Now you just need to glue the upper to the insole + midsole combo and put the sole on. You are done.
Step 4 – make it personal
Use your mind to be creative, paint, use crystals, metal stuff and don’t worry if it not perfect – the next one will be better.
Step 5 – Post the result to “shoemaker’s community” on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/128266510546383/) (and feel free to join to it)
ps. no, your are not a shoemaker yet, but I am sure you are on the way.