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Boot Cover Tutorial by mihoyonagi Boot Cover Tutorial by mihoyonagi
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 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
...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.
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ukeikoraye Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
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. 
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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.
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Hidanlover94 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
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?
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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.
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Hidanlover94 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
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. :)
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RuriFawl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
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!
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Saphiroko Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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.
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niaryusuke Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
hi, any ideas of what to do if you're going for a zip on boots???
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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.
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niaryusuke Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
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
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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.
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niaryusuke Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks~~
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Deidara1fan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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.
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Deidara1fan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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.
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Deidara1fan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay and thank you very much.
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rakuen004 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial! I'll definitely be using it for my first cosplay this year.
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divinetorch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
just what i needed ^^
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AristoMercu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
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 :)
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to help. That's what this is up for =)
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Rynsi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Thanks very much, I'm sure this will be useful to me :D
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LCDRTsukiMustang Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your tutorial has been featured here: [link]
The tutorial simply amazing and very helpful to not only myself, but several friends and more.
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:iconmihoyonagi:
mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to be of help, and thanks for sharing the link for others =)
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LCDRTsukiMustang Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome =D
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Kirschu Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Nice Tutorial =D
Verry well done & easy to understand :)
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TheRestless88 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!
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ShiangLi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! How do you know what type of material is a good type of material to work with boot covers? Is stretchy material usually better? I'm fairly new to making cosplay and even newer at boot covers since this will be my first. Any suggestions for material?
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Honestly, I just used whatever fabric that caught my eye. I've used stretchy, cotton, and many in-between, and the only fabric I don't recommend for your first try is leather, or fake leather. It's too easy to bunch.
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ShiangLi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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AliceHaunted Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
I was looking for instructions for making boot covers for the new Tinker Bell cosplay I'm making and this one is great! thank you for posting it.. :D
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PirateNinjaAlchemist Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
This turtorial is the simplest one I've found, thanks! Haha.

Also, is there any way to make the boot covers where you can slide them off and off as needed?
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sure there is a way, but I've yet to find it. The whole point of these particular boot covers is designed so that the entire cover fits tight. Perhaps using upholstery tacks on the underside of the boot would do the trick, but it would have to be a pair of boots with thick soles so that you don't get pokes, and after perhaps a time or two of wear, the boot covers would be rendered unusable on the basis that the covers would be dirty and possibly torn on the bottom where they are tacked to the boot.
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PirateNinjaAlchemist Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
I appreciate the advice. Thanks so much.
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Tori-to-Pelloneus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks a million for the tutorial! I'm being a Team Rocket Grunt for Halloween this year, and needed white/light gray boots, which don't seem to exist anywhere in the world. I was looking into making boot covers, and this seems like the perfect tutorial!

Thanks! :D
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to help. Let me know if you have any problems- I might be able to walk you through them, as well.
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Tori-to-Pelloneus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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MixiAikome Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Thanks so much for sharing this~ very helpful tutorial. Didn't think it would be so simple ^~^;
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad I could be of services. And, you know, I get that a lot, too; people seem to think it's difficult, when, really, that's hardly the case. It just depends on what you want to do to detail the shoe, that's all.
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rav3ncald Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
the thing about this is are the boot covers removable or permanent?
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Permanent. If they weren't, they would fall off while walking around! =)
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rav3ncald Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
ok. sorry stupid question yea. because you can make non-permanent with velcrow and i was wondering if u had tried it.
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Even if you used velcro, however, you'd have to secure half the velcro to the shoe so that it wouldn't move about. I'm sure you could find a strange way around it- someone told me they used the suggestion of small upholstery tacks, but the shoe still had little holes on and around the sole. I'm sure, if the boot had heels, you could even attach the fabric to the bottom, then just take it off so that the only ruined part of the shoe is on the bottom and thusly not seen.

And, don't worry- it's not a stupid question at all. This particular version is, however permanent.
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rav3ncald Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
k. thanks!!
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tenshiketsueki1000 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
this will help for my meryl stryfe cosplay thanks for the tutorial!!
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to be of service *bows*
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Anne-annie-annet Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanx very much, this helps me a lot
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ClosetFan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Could something like this work for making Rhyme's shoes as well? I have material and a pair of sneakers that are lowtops and I want to make the folded over look her shoes have....any suggestions?
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