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Parade soles? [Aug. 9th, 2008|10:31 pm]
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[laughinghyena]
Okay, I'm having a problem. Many and pretty much only fursuit commission websites talk about Parade soles.
What are they? And how can you make them yourself?
I've haven't really seen any tutorials for them or any shoe/sole site that mentions them.
I've worked with latex, so is rubber any different or the same? I just make a cast from clay with plaster and then pour the material in?

I'm asking this because the cosplay fursuit I'm building is for Halloween (Bowser). And as such, the feet have to be for outdoor use. And I also don't want the feet to break down in case I feel I can use it later for a convention. Thanks for any help posted.
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[User Picture]From: coyoty
2008-08-10 06:55 am (UTC)
Parade soles are durable soles designed for outdoors or rough floors. They are usually made from rubber mats at least a quarter inch thick. The soles would be cut out of the mat and glued to the bottoms of feet that have fabric soles so they don't wear through.

Parade shoes are mascot shoes made with the rubber soles built in. They are usually toony with stuffed fabric tops, like fursuit feet, except made to look like cartoon shoes.
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[User Picture]From: laughinghyena
2008-08-10 08:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! I went ahead looking for rubber mats after you mentioned them. The best I got by myself was that parade soles are also known as hard soles. And I didn't get the type of sites I was looking for when searching for that. My next bet was rubber resin, as I've work with molds before with latex.

I was able to find this site for different colors:
http://www.cartwheelfactory.com/puzzle_mats.html

As other flooring sites wanted to sell me entire rolls for a lota bucks rather than what I actually require. Lowe's website seems to be down, but would hardware stores sell custom cut rubber mats?
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