Loved this article and cannot wait to try it. (But what if you're not doing the 18th C.?)
Great article! Here's some suggestions for glues that will help make the shoes more durable.
A good alternative for white glue is Yes! paste, which you can find at Michael's Crafts. You can spread it much thinner and it is not so wet and messy (it's a good replacement for Hirschkleber, the glue used in fine shoe construction).
And for the soles, you can get contact cement (the industrial strength version of rubber cement) at any hardware store. Put a thin layer on both surfaces, let it dry, then press together and, if you can, whack it with a hammer, then roll the hammer handle across the sole to ensure you have good contact.
This tutorial is wonderful! I've been wanting to refurbish shoes for a very long time and this was the perfect way to do it. The instructions are very clear, the only thing I'm really missing is some wider shots of the whole shoe throughout the steps so I could see if I was really doing it right. I think I used shoes with slightly too high a heel form a thrifshop. I covered the shoes with *poly* satin brocade with a very busy pattern of tiny flowers that stretches a bit, which actually helped a lot getting the perfectly smooth fit around the shoe. They look absolutely gorgeous and even suitable for modern formal wear I think. They were meant to be a trial, but they turned out wonderful! I just have to learn to have the patience and care with glueing the fabric. I messed up a bit in a few places, where the glue seeping through bleached the color of the flowers and made them fade into the background color... At least you can't really see it when you're wearing them ^_^'
would love to try making the shoes.
Interfacing or buckram
I am curious if anyone has experimented with buckram when altering shoes. Is there an advantage to woven or other interfacing types? Also, any tips on making mules less "slippery" when worn with stockings?