How to Make Mule Shoes

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How to Make Mule Shoes
(shoes image by Julia Lami from

Known for their comfort, convenience and versatility, mules are a popular pick within the realm of ladies' footwear. (See Reference 1) These backless shoes can be slipped easily on and off your feet and can be paired with any outfit, from a short miniskirt to a favourite pair of jeans. (See Reference 1) But you don't have to go on an all-day shopping excursion to find the perfect pair of mules. With one trip to the fabric store and a couple of pairs of old shoes you may already have lying around your house, you can design and make your own mules at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Patterned wool for the outside of the shoe
  • Buckram
  • Felt
  • 2 heels from old shoes
  • 2 shanks from old shoes
  • Shoe cement
  • Leather
  • (See Reference 2)
  • Shoe that you want to mould to
  • Felt-tip pen
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Cotton
  • Sewing needle

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  1. 1

    Use the felt-tip pen to trace the pattern for both the left and right shoes onto the wool, buckram and felt, keeping in mind that you don't have to trace for your heel, since this is a backless shoe.

  2. 2

    Stack the newly-traced pieces of fabric into two patterns (left and right feet) with the wool on top, the buckram in the middle and the felt lining on the bottom, and sew each stack of three pieces together. (See Reference 2)

  3. 3

    Dampen your newly-sewn shoe patterns so the buckram becomes pliable, and place them on top of the shoes on which you are modelling your mules. Use the sewing needle and thread to sew the bottoms of the mule fabric tightly, so the patterns mould properly. (See Reference 2) Let the fabric dry and mould.

  4. 4

    Remove the shoe models so the shells for the mules stand on their own. Pick up the shoe shanks from your recycled shoes and adhere them to the inside of your newly-moulded mules with the shoe cement. (See Reference 2) Put the mules to the side so the cement dries fully.

  5. 5

    Flip the newly-shanked mules over and use the cement to attach the recycled heels to the bottom of your mules. While the cement dries, use the felt-tip pen and scissors to trace the soles of the mules onto the leather and cut them out. (See Reference 2)

  6. 6

    After the heels have dried onto the bottom of the mules, pick up the leather soles and cement them to the very bottom of the shoes. (See Reference 2)

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