At the risk of being called a hipster, I'm going to ask for advice. I'm interested in constructing a pair of alpargatas/espadrilles because I have terribly flat feet and need flat shoes. I'm disinterested in buying a pair because it seems most retail versions are poorly-built, and I think I could build a better one. Other than a few videos on youtube, no one seems to have a guide or books on how to make these, but it seems simple enough:
1. Produce rope braid
2. Wind rope braid into sole shape
3. Bind sole with thread
4. Cut and sew upper onto sole
Does anyone here have any experience making these, or know any book(lets) I could look through for information?
>I'm disinterested in buying a pair because it seems most retail versions are poorly-built, and I think I could build a better one.
the retail versions are also dirt cheap, and for the effort and time you'd spend making a pair, you easily could buy 4 pairs, and just replace them once they're fucked.
i thought this was the /diy/ board, not the "bitch about someones interests and try to turn them off to hobbies" board. Why don't you do something productive instead of projecting your own failures into every thread?
Probably just reverse engineer them. Buy the cheap ones to learn to make the big ones. This will let you see what you like and would change in the design. Don't skimp on fabric, if you want them to be cooler for your feet I'd recommend something breathable like linen
Yeah, I think I will go do something productive, rather than waste time and money to make some garbage worthy shoes. That Chinese shit is still going to be higher quality than babby's first shoe.
OP here, I've tried this, and my feet hurt worse. I've visited an orthopedic doctor and they've just recommended flat shoes to me. I've compensated by exercising my feet. I run with running sandals instead of tennis shoes, too.
I was considering canvas or linen for at least the heel and a toe patch depending on the design that I work out. I had strongly considered this route, but I'm worried the manufactured varieties will be too dissimilar (glued soles, machine-stitched uppers, etc.) to be of a lot of help.
Why do you come to /diy/ if you don't want people to make stuff? No luthier starts out making a stradivarius, and I'm not going to learn what I did wrong by not wearing them.
>I have terribly flat feet and need flat shoes
Oh god no
Go into a a running shoe store and be fitted for some walking shoes.
Your overpronation is probably stressing your knees and hips more than you even know.
I have very high arches, so I over supinate real bad.
I never actually knew what comfortable shoes were until I got my Saucony's, its a huge difference if you have bad feet and have just worn just whatever all your life.
>I've visited an orthopedic doctor and they've just recommended flat shoes to me
I dont believe you, because thats literally the opposite of what people with flat feet need.
Throwing in Dr Scholls isnt the same as wearing the correct shoes.
Hmm, it could be biased by the fact that I'm otherwise healthy, and this is the clinic my mother's worked at for 25 years.
Now that I've discredited myself, though, it's irrelevant that I don't have foot pain.
In high school I actually used to supinate slightly, but it was corrected through my athletics work. I run very straight now.
I wish. Maybe then I'd have some friends.
Another anon with fallen arches. Seriously wtf. I have horrible horrible bone spurs in my foot because I didn't address my fallen arches until I was in my mid 20s. Orthotic inserts do help, but if I don't wear them it's excruciating.
You need to keep your arches up, it's the only way your foot functions properly.
>thinking you can fix bone structure with "athletic work"
>thinking that "flat shoes" means literally a flat sole instead of a neutral sole
You are so full of shit OP
Stop trying to justify it, just come out and say you want some faggot hipster shoes.
Its better than lying and flip flopping derailing your own thread