This project has been undertaken in co-operation with a friend of mine. We saw the boots but really didn’t like the under toe platform – and as my friend’s needs are for a more equine look to their footwear – we figured we might be able to do something with this style, as the heel was already removed for us.
Neither of us had the boots in our hand, so we weren’t sure about anything. We supposed about the construction of the platform, but were way off base when I finally got to inspect the boots.
These will be used for pony play. They need to be stable and they need to be safe.
Briefly – I’m having a bit of fun, but it’s proving to be a challenging exercise. Who would have thought the foam core would be so soft underfoot?
I will update you further on this project as I make my way to the final stages where the boot will be taken off to my cobbler for a proper sole to be attached.
Plans for the overall feel of the boot? White/cream/tan fur accents; realistic hoof colouring, metal horse shoes.
I wholly believe that there are many ways to do this, but this is Plan A. Plan B involves some nasty chemical substances that I’m a tad tentative to use right now, but plan to for the next pair’s modifications. I have no discernable woodworking skills. I just “have a go” at it and if it works, then it’s all good. So go easy on me in the forums, okay?
As one commenter said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and I agree. Not all people like this style of boot or the concept behind it. Finding a decent pair of pony boots at a decent price is nigh impossible, due to the lesser demand on the producing market. Therefore many people have taken to modifying existing boots – and this involves removing the heel and plugging the hole left over. With this style of boot, that step is negated.
As you probably know by now, I’m happy to play around with things in order to either improve or change their look – even myself. I haven’t modified any shoes for a while now, as all that is handled by my partner, but was tonguing for a project of my own. This came up and I grabbed it.