DIY Shoes

DIY Shoes

The simple Botties® Formula




Take your first steps with our DIY Starter Sets for our Botties® soles, our configurator takes you by the hand to make your own shoes.

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Mach deine ersten Schritte mit unseren DIY Starter Sets für unsere Botties® Sohlen, unser Konfigurator nimmt dich an die Hand zum Schuhe selber machen.

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Where to buy Botties®

Online Shops

In the official online shop of Botties – – you will not only find soles and complementary materials, but also lots of inspiration. In the “Make the Look” category, we show you great examples of self-made shoes for all techniques. And under the menu item “Community” you can discover even more creative ideas from the Botties community.

Our products are also listed in these online shops:

Botties® Starter-Kits in schöner Geschenkbox

Bei deinem Botties-Fachhändler und bei amazon gibt es jetzt Starter-Kits zum Häkeln, Nähen und Filzen in Kids und Erwachsenen-Größen! Die Sets bestehen aus allem was man benötigt, um direkt loszulegen. Die Kit-Box ist daher auch eine wunderbare Geschenkidee für kreative Menschen!

Händler in deiner Nähe finden.

Botties® Starter-Kits in
schöner Geschenkbox

Bei deinem Botties-Fachhändler und bei amazon gibt es jetzt Starter-Kits zum Häkeln, Nähen und Filzen in Kids und Erwachsenen-Größen! Die Sets bestehen aus allem was man benötigt, um direkt loszulegen. Die Kit-Box ist daher auch eine wunderbare Geschenkidee für kreative Menschen!

Händler in deiner Nähe finden.

Botties® Starter Kits in
beautiful gift box

Now available at your local Botties retailer and on amazon are starter kits for crocheting, sewing and felting in kids and adult sizes! The kits consist of everything you need to get started right away. The kit box is therefore also a wonderful gift idea for creative people!
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Tips and solutions to the most frequently asked questions

Your question has not been answered yet? Contact us directly, we will be happy to help you:

Regardless of the handwork technique, you will first need the sole base: our Botties soles and – in most cases – an insole. The products are sold separately so you can choose between the different versions.

For the upper shoe you now need either yarn or fabric. In our instructions we give you specific recommendations. Rule of thumb for yarn: use strong, tear-resistant yarns, make sure they have a low/no cotton content. Rule of thumb for fabric: do not use elastic fabrics, reinforce thin fabrics with iron-on fleece.

For the connection of sole and upper shoe we recommend our robust “Round 0 yarn”. A waxed polyester yarn that is particularly durable.

The working utensils are now again dependent on the technique. Basically, only “household” tools are used: crochet, knitting and sewing needles, sewing machine, fabric clips, scissors …

Unfortunately, there are no ready-made botties to buy. This is a pure do it yourself product.

You don’t have time for needlework, or don’t want to deal with learning at the moment? Ask those around you: there is sure to be someone who will be happy about a handicraft project and would like to support you with your shoe project.

Basically, there are only a few design restrictions: from ballerina to over-the-knee boot, everything is possible.

Depending on the material, technique and look, your DIY shoe can be used as a slipper or a street shoe. Thanks to the flexible but robust Botties sole.

However, there is one restriction – despite all the freedom: even if the sole itself is waterproof, it is definitely not the transition to the upper shoe. Botties are therefore only suitable to a limited extent for wet and humid weather.

Our free basic instructions are all suitable for beginners.  Basic knowledge of the respective technique is required.

Our Botties sole is available in different sizes from 24 to 46 (EU). Our measuring system is based on the common shoe sizes, which is why we also give corresponding recommendations that are usually very reliable for the standard way of wearing (e.g. XS = 38 or XL = 45/46). If you are still unsure or have a specific way of wearing the shoes in mind, you can print out our foot ruler on A4 paper and do the quick test.

We distinguish between the following ways of wearing shoes:

A: Standard wearing style with 10mm insole. The generally used information on size, e.g. on the packaging or in online shops, refers to this standard wearing method. They usually correspond to your normal shoe size with a high degree of reliability.

B: Wearing style without (or with very thin) insole – e.g. with the classic cottage shoe, where the whole sock is sewn in. By not using the thick insole, which slightly elevates the foot, your foot has a little more room in the sole. It will therefore be slightly larger than your usual shoe size.

C: Worn with a thick felt sock (felt slippers). OR with a 10mm insole and an upper shoe with a thick lining. Both options reduce the space available for the foot, so the shoe will be slightly smaller than your usual shoe size.

Are you unsure which sole size is right for you? You can print out our foot ruler* here. Do the quick test:

Foot ruler for shoe sizes 24-35 (PDF)

Foot ruler for shoe sizes 35-46 (PDF)

*PLEASE NOTE: The foot ruler is currently in the BETA phase. As the results can be falsified due to inaccurate measurements or scales that have been printed out smaller or larger, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the results. Please pay close attention to the instructions on how to measure correctly.

The highlight of the Botties soles are their rounded edges. These allow the shoe to be very flexible. As soon as you connect the sole to the upper shoe and take your first steps, the sole begins to adapt to your feet. As time goes by, the left/right distinction becomes more pronounced. The neutral foot shape has no negative impact on comfort. 

The sole is flat and only 2.5 mm thick. Together with a thin insole, you can “feel the ground” even with Bottie’s soles.

Nevertheless, the soles were not explicitly designed as barefoot soles. They tend to be cut rather wide, but do not cater to the desire for an extra wide toe box. They follow the common fashionable shoe shape. Not constricting, but not extra wide either.

If unlimited toe room is important to you and you can do without direct contact with the ground, use our 10mm thick insoles made of wool felt or latex foam. By raising the foot, it is no longer confined by the sole itself, but only by the upper you create yourself. Here everyone has maximum influence on the space in the toe area. Crocheted botties are basically unproblematic because the wool is usually pliable. With sewn shoes, it is possible to adapt the cut to one’s own needs with the help of a trial shoe.

Yes, they can be washed up to 60°C in the washing machine. They also “survive” the dryer without any problems.
However, please follow the washing recommendations for the other materials. Fabrics and yarns may require special treatment. Our insoles made of wool felt and latex foam are not suitable for the washing machine.

The flap has the purpose of giving the shoe stability at the heel. It prevents the sewn or crocheted work from slipping under the heel when walking. 

Whether the flap is worn on the inside or outside is purely a matter of taste and depends on individual sensibilities. However, we have based most of our instructions on wearing the flap on the inside. 

As a rule, the flap is not disturbing. Even without socks, it is pleasant to feel because it quickly takes on the body temperature. 

The soles tend to be normal/wide cut. Very wide feet will have no difficulty as the rounded edges can roll up to their advantage.

Slim feet are more likely to “swim” in the shoe if not specifically addressed. So how can you help yourself? It is especially important to work very tightly when crocheting. It is also advisable to work the stitch decreases and rounds according to the individual foot. This can be done very well once you have understood the principle of decreasing stitches at the toe and keep increasing the resulting botties while crocheting.
If you are sewing botties, e.g. the espadrilles cut, the instructions will help you to adjust the cut. Regardless of this, we always recommend sewing a test shoe as the very first step. 

It is a particular concern of ours not to put a “throwaway product” into circulation. Therefore, we have chosen the material TPU, which convinces with the following points:

  • it is flexible, soft and pleasant to the touch (and, by the way, latex-free/allergy-friendly)
  • it is particularly abrasion-resistant and robust at the same time
  • it is single-grade and, because our DIY shoes do not use glue, it comes off the upper quickly. The sole can therefore be redesigned several times – over many years! – and theoretically it can also be 100% recycled.

What does recycling look like in practice? Our soles have not been around that long, the oldest soles from 2017 are, to our knowledge, all still intact. We aim to return expired soles to the raw material cycle. To do this, it is necessary to collect the soles again. We are currently examining various concepts for this.

If you do not want to wait for this, you are welcome to send us your expired soles now. We will thank you with a voucher for the purchase of new soles.

We introduced the “Round 0 yarn” because we had difficulties finding a suitable material on the Market. The stable connection from the upper to the sole of the shoe is essential for the longevity of the self-made shoe. In principle, a tear-resistant yarn can also be used (it should definitely pass a manual tear test). However, our waxed polyester-based “Round 0 yarn” is even more robust and correspondingly more durable.

Why is it actually called “Round 0”? The Botties started their career as a DIY shoe with crocheted models. When crocheting, it is common to crochet directly from the sole. The direct connection to the sole, the base round, has been called the zero round from the beginning. This is how the term “Round 0” became established over time. In the meantime, it has become part of the Botties world as a trademark, regardless of the needlework technique.

In fact, it is suitable for all techniques.

For crochet Botties, crochet the first round directly on the sole (alternatively with the festoon stitch). From the next round onwards, you can continue to crochet with the yarn of your choice.

Sewn, knitted and felted Botties can be sewn to the sole with the Round 0 yarn. 

Blanket stitch (sewing on): We recommend keeping a length of approx. 4-4.5 times the circumference of the sole ready – per Botties sole. Ideally taken twice. This makes the round zero more robust and also looks a bit nicer.

Crochet on: For each Botties sole you need a (single) length of approx. 9 times the sole circumference.

Our unit of 14 metres is enough for our largest size, XL. Accordingly, it is also enough for all smaller sizes.

We have created videos demonstrating the different possibilities.

Round 0 for crochet Botties
Crochet on: watch Video 
Sew on: watch Video

Round 0 for sewn Botties 
watch Video
The video shows how to sew on and turn the shoe. In principle, this method can also be applied to knitted/felt models.