Gamora Cosplay How-To: Boots

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Italicised items also used elsewhere in costume, listed or otherwise

Materials used: craft foam, tin foil, thin card, black spray paint, black heeled ankle boots, black buttons, black buckles, 3D printed heel inserts

Let’s start this off by saying I am not a shoemaker. Unless you are, or have access to one, I don’t recommend trying to make your own high-heeled boots. I’m liable enough to fall over in licensed products. So, with that in mind, I started with a base of a plain black boot I already owned and was comfortable in.

 There are four major components to the boot on top of this base level: the front panel, the two layers of the upper part of the boot, and the heels.

The movie heels are absolutely fabulous – they create the effect of a platform with a cut out, and I know that some cosplayers have indeed gone down this root. However, without expert advice, I thought it better to add to a stable heel than to take away from one. In the original design, the part of the sole that breaches the gap between bridge and heel extends backwards past the end of the heel and downwards below the sole at the bridge, like so.

In this sense they’re really incorporated into the design of the boot, and the shape is fluid, rather than this segment feeling tacked-on, but I couldn’t compromise the structural integrity of the boot too far, and chose to simply bridge the gap with a helper and a 3D printer. A black layer was wedged and glued onto the front of the heel.

Unfortunately, this part of the boots didn’t last very long. One came off before I reached the convention, and another was gone by the end. For walking around in all day, I can’t recommend this technique – I should have saved this for the video, where the detail may have been appreciated (if registered at all!).

The front panel forms a transition between the ankle boot and the knee-high boot.

It has a textured effect which on close inspection appears to me like liquid beading off a water-resistant surface. To that end I planned to use a nail dotter and clear nail varnish or PVA glue to cluster small dots onto it. (Warning – if using craft foam, this would first need to be sealed before liquid is applied, to prevent it simply sinking into the foam instead of settling on the surface. Foam can be sealed by ironing and/or a layer of PVA.) However, time constraints on the cosplay left me settling for leaving the foam unsealed and flicking black paint across for the spatter effect. It wasn’t 3D, but it still had texture.

This panel was wrapped around the boot and attached underneath my sole with double-sided tape, then finished off with black buttons and foil-on-card details.


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