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Blackwood Bat's '89 Boots Tutorial


Note: This is BLACKWOOD BAT's tutorial and not mine emoticon


These are the real movie boots. This is what you want to simulate.

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For the purpose of this, it will be described using 1/8" thick leather, which is very stiff, but will soften up in the right places, and stay ridgid in others. I'm sure there are better ways to do it,but I don't know any. The most important part are a pair of Nike Air Trainer 3's.

You'll need a leather awl (sewing tool), ruler, marker, scissors, black leather dye, Tamyia Flat black paint, hole puncher, velcro, super glue, really long shoe laces (72"), and newspaper or whatever for a pattern.

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Dye sneakers black in neccesary areas. I used very thinned down Tamyia flat black over the dye, since the dye doesn't match perfectly. After you do this, they will match perfectly and be permanent.

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Below is the basic pattern. Allow for the curve of the calf, ankle, etc. Measure you legs. Height from top of foot to knee, from floor to calf, circumference of calf and circumference of ankle.

Make the pattern half those measurements. Trace and cut one side of the boot spat, then flip the pattern over for the other side. Then repeat this for the other boot.

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Sew the two halves together with a leather awl (inside out, of course). The leather awl is the thing with the wooden handle & a pointy end. I never used one before I did this. It's very easy to use, but you gotta put a little muscle into it. I got it at A.C. Moore arts and crafts, the directions are included. It cost about $12.00, I think.

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Sewn Together:

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After this, you must use your best guess for the curves. Sorry, I can't help with this one. Also, cut those annoying flappy things off the sides.

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Then you pull them tight to see if they need to be trimmed down the front before you punch holes for the laces. Allow a little extra space between the two halves in the front when test fitting because the laces will pull tighter than your hands. If you trim them with a half inch gap pulling tightly with your hands, the laces will close that gap. Make sense?

After your confortable with the fit, make your hole 1" apart all the way up the boot. Anywhere from 60" to 72" laces is what you'll need, depending on your hieght.

Attach velcro strips up the front for the armor, and your all set. You may need a little super glue on the edges of the velcro on the leather. They should look like this:

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Re: 89 BOOTS TUTORIAL [by Blackwood Bat]


cool bro..thanks for your time bro's its appreciated


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Re: 89 BOOTS TUTORIAL [by Blackwood Bat]


Blackwood's boot tutorial has been used by myself, with great results. It's simply one of the best tutorials we have ever had.

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Re: 89 BOOTS TUTORIAL [by Blackwood Bat]


Thanks Belmont...much appreciated!

Thanks for saving and posting this Bernie.emoticon

Any questions,fire away.

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Re: 89 BOOTS TUTORIAL [by Blackwood Bat]


Wow! This definitely needs to be at the top of the archives.

Great info here. This really piques my interest, because I'm about to undertake making my first set of comic style boots a-la efarrel (thanks again Ed for all the advice and help). Maybe some '89 or Returns type will be next. This tutorial will be quite valuable...
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Great work John !

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Re: 89 BOOTS TUTORIAL [by Blackwood Bat]


Yes Jay,they are VERY comfortable.

If they're done to your measurements,they should lace up and be perfectly form-fitted to your leg. The leather will break in at the ankle and be really soft,but the upper part will still be stiff and hold it's shape.

Once they're broken in,you don't even feel them.

And again,I'm sure there are better,more professional ways to do this,but this is the best way I could come up with.

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Re: 89 BOOTS TUTORIAL [by Blackwood Bat]


agreed John -

i used thick leather with suede backing then i glued another layer of pleather on the outside for that 'slick skin' look.

i never had any problems walking/running whatsoever.
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Excellent tutorial!

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