Heelless shoe details

Thanks for your comments on my custom heelless shoes. Here are my tips for making a similar pair. Hopefully this entry will answer more of your questions.

platform material

The Shoes

The top part of the shoe is made of black leather. Pliability is your friend here because the material will go past your ankle making it subject to a lot of bending. Pick soft leather. You will notice that unlike the original Night Makers the leather does not extend to the platform. Unsurprisingly, shoemakers do not have a mold for this kind of shoe. The platforms had to be attached to the shoe later in the process.

The 4 inch platform is made of layers of dense, rigid foam. This makes the finished shoe lighter and absorbs the shock to the ball of the foot. Needless to say, all your weight will be on the front of the shoe. Well, almost all. For this reason I do not recommend wood. If you do use wood, you’re gonna need insoles to protect your feet from blistering. The sole is made of one piece cut from a sheet of thin but tough rubber.

Here you see the zipper that runs along the Achilles’ heel. A thin piece of fabric prevents the zipper from rubbing against skin.

Balancing

Part of the appeal of this design is the seemingly impossible center of gravity of the wearer. Personally I would have liked the platform to be an inch narrower. People ask me all the time whether it is difficult to walk in these. It’s not. As long as there is support directly underneath the ball of the foot you will be able to balance on it with practice. My geta only has a one inch wide ‘tooth’ directly under the ball of the foot and I have no problems balancing on them.

Another crucial part of the design is the overall rigidity of the bottom of the shoe. Embedded in the sole is a thin metal rod. This acts as a lever and helps distribute some of the weight to the arch of the foot. Without this, the unsupported heel will tend to fall back. The last thing you wanna do while wearing this is to lean back. Trust me! The metal should extend from the heel and past the ball of the foot. Any shorter and it will dig into your foot. Ouch!

If you have any more questions feel free to post them in the comments.

[Custom heelless shoes, studded leather wrist band, Storm watch, ASOS pants]

15 Responses to “Heelless shoe details”

  1. scarletfrei Says:

    hi where can i buy that foam thingy for the platform? and what is the exact term for that foam?

  2. admin Says:

    it’s high density foam or polyurethane. your local cobbler (shoe repairman) should already have it. it comes in sheets of various thickness. all shoe repair shops have this. ask around. also called EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate or more commonly ‘midsole.’

  3. scarletfrei Says:

    your so informative TNX!!!

  4. LoganMullins Says:

    Hi, unfortunately, I don’t have a cobbler anywhere near me. Would it be possible to contact your cobbler for custom orders? I’m dying for these shoes.

  5. MattVersace Says:

    Does the guy that made yours have a website or any way of contacting him? If not, I could probably search them with a name. I doubt anyone around here could make those, so yeah. :\

  6. yume Says:

    you are seriously my hero right now.

  7. Alain Says:

    Can I have your cobbler’s number or do you have any other way of contacting him? Can you please send the details to my email alain_montalbo@yahoo.com

  8. fleece sheets Says:

    Cool blog. thanks for posting. :)

  9. Roche Says:

    Hi po! :) Panu niyo po inexplain yung pagpapagawa nito? Tsaka magkano po yung inabot lahat lahat?

  10. Jimmy Says:

    Hey i was wondering if u can help me do one?..like seriously urgent..

  11. Sage harmon Says:

    Thx sooooooo much! I am dyeing for these shoes but they r about10000 dollars… I am 13 years old and really want to become a fashion designer sooo thanx soooooo much!:)

  12. Sage harmon Says:

    Hi! Yes it is me again… But how did you get the SHOE part of the heelless shoes.? Like did you get them from an old pair of shoes? Thanks sooo much…I also love lady gaga:)

  13. Rowie Landicho Says:

    email : roweliza.shoesbags@gmail.com

  14. Zirjaye Says:

    I want the Japanese sandals! :( Where’d u bought it?

  15. admin Says:

    chinatown

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