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Your cosplay is almost perfect. You’ve got your skirt and your corset. You’ve got your wig and your peace bonded weapon. The only thing you need to pull it all together is a pair of colorful thigh high boots. Buying expensive footwear is out of the question. You are saving your money for that autographed copy of Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1. But the convention is next week and you don’t have time for another full blown sewing project. Don’t worry. We’ve got a very simple and inexpensive project that will get you set in no time. And the best thing is, there’s no sewing involved.
For this project you will need the following items:
- A pair of opaque nylon stockings in the color of your choice. In this tutorial we used the Solid Opaque Thigh Highs by Foot Traffic. We like them because they come in a wide variety of colors, they have a nice opacity to them and they sell for only $7. If you select a different sock, you’ll want to make sure you get something with a high nylon content, and something with a tube style foot.
- A pair of high heel shoes. Ideally you will want something with a wide toe. Something without buckles or embellishments. And most importantly, you’ll want something without a pattern and in a color that closely matches that of the thigh highs stockings.
- A package of self adhesive slip guards for traction.
- A bottle of anti-fraying glue. We tried several and found that Fray Block by June Taylor works the best. Make sure you pay close attention to the precautions on the back of the tube.
- A pair of scissors.
- One bottle of sock glue to keep the top of the boots from sliding down. We love It Stays! Roll-On Body Adhesive. The great thing about this adhesive is that it can be used to keep all sorts of costume pieces in place, such as shoulder straps, wigs, and even theatrical make-up.
Step One: Once you have selected the best shoes for the job, you’ll want to get the shoe inside the sock. Start by scrunching up the sock as if you were going to put it on your own foot. Then slide it over the toe of the shoe. Get the toe situated before carefully slipping the remainder of the stocking over the heel.
Step Two: If there is excess material around the toe of the shoe, you can tuck it under itself as shown. Once it is tucked, place a dab of the anti-fray glue in the fold and press until dry.
Step Three: With the toe looking nice it is time to move onto the heel. Because heels generally slope as they rise to meet the foot, you will want to make a very tiny cut about a half inch behind where the heel touches the sock. The cut should be just small enough to get the very point of the heel through.
Step Four: Place a ring of anti-fraying glue around the edge of the hole you just cut before you place the heel through it. This will help prevent excess fraying. Once the adhesive has dried slip the heel through the hole and work it upwards till it meets the foot of the shoe. If necessary, you can widen the hole, but make sure to add more anti-fray when you do. The sock does not need to go all the way up to the foot, but you can base this on the aesthetic that you are trying to achieve.
Step Five: When the heel is through and at the position you like, add more anti-fraying glue around the hole and any place that is showing signs of fraying. Let the glue dry.
Step Six: Place the slip guard on the base of the shoe. This will give you traction, as nylon stockings can be a bit slippery on the concrete floors that grace a lot of convention centers.
Step Seven: Roll the sock glue on your thigh where you would like the cuff to rest. Press the cuff to the glue. Your boots should stay securely in place.
Then, just repeat all steps for the second boot. And that’s it! You’re ready to go kick some butt. Figuratively of course. We at Sock Dreams do not condone literal violence. Just figurative butt kicking.
Let us know what you think, and if you have any tips or suggestions, we’d love to see you post them.
If you are like us, you’ve spent hours browsing the website. You’ve gotten lost in the colors, the patterns, and textures. You’ve daydreamed about ways to layer and outfits to wear. But sometime, don’t you want to be able to pick up the socks and hold them in your hands? Wouldn’t you love to run your fingers over those textures and see the colors with your own eyes? Well, your chance is coming, because we are taking our socks on the road! Over the next eight months we will be traveling far and wide to bring our socks to some of the biggest comic book and pop culture events in the United States.
Not only will these events be the perfect time to see our products in person, but it’s your chance to take home some convention exclusives. As always, we will be bringing one of our collectible stickers in a brand new design. This one is a tribute to a favorite animated character. We love her sassy attitude and flawed, yet multifaceted nature. Even if her boyfriend is a real joker. Stop by our booth and get one for free!
In the same vein, we have also created a pair of socks inspired by this quirky character. These socks, like this woman, are truly extraordinary. They are super long and stretchy, expanding up to 24 inches in the calf and up to 27 inches in the cuff! If cosplaying is one of your passions, and you are thinking of dressing as a semi-psychotic trickster, than these will be a perfect fit.
Here is where you can find us and both of these exclusives this year:
- March 27-29: Emerald City Comic Con – Seattle, WA. – Booth 206
- April 24-26: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – Chicago, IL. – Booth 781
- May 23-25: Denver Comic Con – Denver, CO. – Booth TBA
- June 13-14: Pride NW – Portland, OR. – Booth P-5
- July 31 – August 2: Boston Comic Con – Boston, MA. – Booth TBA
- September 4-7: DragonCon – Atlanta, GA. – Booth TBA
- September 19-20: Rose City Comic Con – Portland, OR. – Booth TBA
- October 10-11: Geek Girl Con – Seattle, WA. – Booth TBA
A few months ago we came across this awesome tutorial for DIY shoe wings on Cut Out & Keep, and pinned it to our DIY Pinterest board. Weeks later, some of us were still thinking about those wings, and all of the potential we saw in the concept of adding simple shapes to things that lace up….. things like stockings, perhaps. So inspired were we that we had to contact the creator of the original tutorial for permission to make our own, stocking-oriented version. She was really cool about sharing her creative property with us, and while we have simplified the process she uses, we encourage you to try out her more advanced method as well!
Bat Wings, completed.
Before we get started, you’ll want to pick out your patterns from our available PDFs. We’ve got one file for bat wings, star and moon, one for hearts, sharks and cameos, and one for a fairly awesome dragon tail. The cameo and tail patterns are a little bit trickier to cut out, so we recommend trying one of the easier shapes first to get used to the process.
If you are into costuming or cosplay you know that the right accessories can help pull your outfit together. Say, for example, you are obsessed with a certain series of books about teenage wizards. Coordinating our sorcerer’s socks and sleeves with your school clothes can take your costume from meh, to magical.
The right touch can transport you to other worlds. With some great socks and a little imagination you can find your self in a broken metropolis, a fairy woodland, an anime story-line, or somewhere over the rainbow.
If you are extra adventurous, you can also create costume pieces by modifying your accessories. And in that vein, we are going to introduce a new feature here at Sock Dreams: Cosplay Corner. Coming soon we will be bringing to you tips, tricks, and tutorials on how to take your accessories to the next level. We will have cosplay ideas for the beginner as well as for the more adventurous. We also know from experience just how creative you can be, and we are really looking forward to your ideas, suggestions, and feedback.
Stay tuned dreamers. We will see you in another world.
Well, that title may be a bit melodramatic. It is sad though that our event season has come to a close. We won’t be traveling the wild roads of the Con Circuit until March of next year.
Not to worry though. We are not abandoning our favorite fellow fanatics of comics, sci-fi, pop culture, and all things geek. We’ve got something special in store.
For the next few months we will be turning our events page into a cosplay corner. We’ll have some neat tips and tricks to turn your ordinary stockings into some killer cosplay pieces. So keep an eye out. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store.