Mar 27, 2013

How To Make Rihanna 2012 X Factor Shoes by Yourself

First of all I want to launch this post with announcement, that this is the most frustrated post I ever made. It took me 7 days. You will think that making the shoe itself or shooting the process was the problem, but no, it's something to do with Voodoo powers I'm 99 percent sure of it. The tutorial is a step by step video as always, but this time I made an effort and did the whole process, from designing the sandal to the finished item (yes I did).

So the tutorial is maybe the longest I ever made 2:15 hours, but it wasn't supposed to be a problem, and after the editing was finished, I uploaded them (2 parts) to YouTube. Although it was pretty fast the first time, and I was ready to publish it on the blog, then I noticed that my video is corrupted for some reason, just big black sequences in a middle of both parts. I checked the original footage but it was ok, so I uploaded again. It took me the whole day and in the end the upload crashed, It happened twice . 

Unfortunately it was not the end of it, after finally the both parts uploaded I checked them again to make sure that everything is right, but what you know, the end of the process was missing! I wanted to upload it again, but there was no movies to upload, yes you heard it right, it was gone. At that moment I was so close to quite the whole thing, but I couldn't, it just drove me insane. Well, it took me two more days, exporting the movie clips and uploading, but I did it. I don't know if there was some "Tech Voodoo" involved but It feels like forever making this one, so I hope you like it.          
So the story of making this tutorial is that my cuisine is a big fan of Rihanna. After she saw her on the X-factor in Alexander Wang shoes, she didn't stop bothering me with the request to make the same shoes for her. 

Finally I found time  to do it.Usually I don't like to do what has already been done by someone else, so I changed the design a little bit for well known reasons and to be honest doing Rihanna sandals was unexpected fun.

I especially liked the end result. Sandals where fit and looked good on my cousin and she was more than happy and so was I. 

I liked it so much that I decided to make a tutorial out of it, so here you go.

In this tutorial I simplified the method of pattern making and did it in nontraditional way. I made it because the pattern of this sandal consists only from straight leather straps. I find easier to make such pattern just by attaching paper straps to the last.  I taped the last only to make clear drawing of the basic points. As straps of Rihana's sandals reach almost to the knees I just measure the length and width of these straps and buckles on the foot.  It's important to know that to be comfortable to wear a sandal with a buckle above the bone, it  must be in a distance of 8-9 cm from the bottom of the heel (for size 37 and for each size ad  2-3 mm).  Paper strap N2 is in 13 cm from the bottom of the toe. This is the max height at which the foot will easily enter the sandals without adding any fasteners. All straps patterns (upper and lining) are made without any stitches  and attached with cement glue. The most important detail for attaching these leather straps to the last is to make the right marks of their location on the midsole.

If you don't understand something and have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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  1. The internet has just been naughty all around this week. I accidently deleted all my emails off my gmail server dating back to 2004. 170,000 emails poof gone. As I said naughty internet and thus not your fault. (never)

  2. Naughty naughty...
    I hope there were nothing important in those 170,000 emails

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  4. really fantastic collection of footwear with completely different style.....looks really different and stylish......

    Women's Footwear

  5. you're copy isn't correct, you're missing a few straps at the top of the ankle angling down to each side of the heel.


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