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2totangle Posted - 03/02/2010 : 10:08:51 AM
After many, many years, my fancy cork-soled felt clogs have finally split to the point of becoming unwearable. They were a gift, and I'm gagging on the $90 price of replacing them. Of course, the natural solution would be to knit & felt my own, but for two significant problems:

1) I'm horribly picky about slippers, and don't care for the look of almost all the felted slipper patterns I've seen; and

2) What I love most about my old slippers are the soles, which provide great support for my high arches, don't slip, and allow me to wear them outside to get the mail.

I think I can overcome the first problem with some experimentation, but the second has me stumped. I'm messed around on the Internet, but haven't yet found a source for thick, water-resistant soles to which I could glue a felted upper. So my first question is whether anyone knows of a place I could buy such soles.

I have seen a slipper pattern that creates a thicker sole by stuffing the bottom with roving before felting. Has anyone tried this technique? How does the result compare with purchased soles?

Any thoughts or observations on these issues would be much appreciated.

Suzanne

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lemons Posted - 03/04/2010 : 09:13:06 AM
I've made slippers for my disabled stepdaughter using my variation of this pattern
http://sunshineknitdesigns.com/new_page_5.htm

which has a double-thickness sole. I don't see why you couldn't add a third layer if you were ambitious, but it certainly gives a good stiff bottom that's still cushy.

Just a thought....

lemons of missouri
anderknit Posted - 03/02/2010 : 2:13:02 PM
Suzanne - I was in the EXACT same position - loving my old cork-soled slippers but gagging at the $90 replacement cost. (I bought mine on sale at LLBean a gazillion years ago.) They were so old that there were actually holes in the felted uppers. I finally gave in and made myself a pair of the Fiber Trends felted clogs. I have to say, they cannot compare to the [H------- very expensive] cork-bottomed clog-slippers, but I have come to love them in their own right. They are actually warmer than the originals, and they molded to my feet. I have found sources for suede sock-bottoms (e.g., knitting-warehouse.com), but not cork bottoms. Sorry.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "

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