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How to Make Slipper Soles

Updated April 17, 2017

People tend to use many pairs of slippers during the course of a few years. That may be because the soles of slippers are not made of the most durable material. Sometimes it is hard to find just the right slippers that are both comfortable and look nice enough for casual wear. When you do find that pair, and the soles inevitably wear out, you can prolong your slippers' life by resoling them.

Place your slipper on top of a piece of paper on a flat surface. Trace around the slipper.

Make a line across the tracing of your slipper just below where the ball of your foot ends to make the upper sole. Do the same in the spot right above where your heel sits for the lower sole.

Cut out both sole shapes. Reduce the outer curved edges of the soles by ½ inch to make them slightly smaller than the bottom of the slipper.

Put the suede face down on the table. Place the sole patterns on the suede and trace around them. Flip the sole patterns over and trace them again to make the shapes for the other slipper.

Cut out the suede. Mark the suede pieces on the rougher side 1/8 inch from the edge and all around. Leave 3/8 inch between each mark for the site of a hole.

Set the suede on the wood. Put the punch in place and hammer it to make the holes that you've marked.

Place the suede pieces on the underside of your slipper and sew them through the punched holes to secure them.

Tip

Use a leather punch wheel to make the holes even more easily.

Warning

Do not cut out the suede until you are sure it is properly sized or you will end up wasting the costly material.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Felt slippers
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Suede
  • Punch
  • Hammer
  • Piece of wood
  • Needle
  • Thick thread
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About the Author

Based in West Windsor, N.J., Sarah Silverman has been writing computer- and electronics-related articles since 1990. Her articles have appeared in “Wired” and “Ericsson” magazines. She received the Kim Swiss Award in 2006. Silverman holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Rochester in New York.