How To Turn Slippers Into Shoes

How To Turn Slippers Into Shoes

April 13, 2018

Have you ever seen a pair of slippers and thought...."these are way too cute to be hid inside the house!"

Well that's how I felt when I seen this adorable crochet slipper pattern on Biscotte's Instagram. If you aren't already following them, you really should. Seriously.......drop everything and follow now!

The possibilities with Biscotte Yarns are endless. And have you seen the color selection? Don’t get me started! Ok, back to the slippers! Here's the picture that caught my eye. Aren't they adorable? This pattern is called "Stellaire" and was created by Melissa Thibault and is available for purchase on Ravelry

slipper crochet pattern

Now to turn them into shoes!!! There are a number of ways to do this. You can purchase a cheap pair of flip flops, cut the thong part off and draw an outline for the holes approximately 1cm apart all around the flip flop so that the holes are all even keeping your shoes looking handmade vs. homemade.

Uneven holes are not going to look so attractive. OR, you can do what I did and purchase a pair of soles that are already pre punched!  There are some styles available in this brand on Biscotte's website: pre punched soles.

Here you can see the little pre-punched holes. Just makes life that much easier right?

sole slippers pre punched

Since we already have a sole, there's no need to crochet one. All we need to do is build a foundation row right onto our rubber sole and by doing that we'll single crochet around and then join the last single crochet to the first one.

I'll demonstrate in the photos below. And when I said I loved these little slippers I wasn't kidding! I even had to use the exact same yarn and colors that the designer used. I'm using Biscotte's DK Pure yarn line in Nuit and Gris-gris. I really can't say enough good things about this yarn! It's my absolute favorite brand no matter what the project.

The pattern calls for a larger hook than what you'll see in my first picture. I used a .85mm crochet hook so that I could poke through the holes. The holes that you see on the front of these soles don't go right through to the other side but the tiny crochet hook goes through very easily. Tie a slip knot on your hook and from the inside push the hook out through to the outside of the sole.

sole slippers

Next, take your working yarn over top of the sole and yarn over the hook and pull through that same hole. Since the hook is so small you will have to pull the yarn taught around the needle to get it through since we are working with a DK weight yarn.

sole slippers crochet pattern

Once the yarn is pulled through, switch over to the recommended needle size.

slippers crochet sole

The reason I switched over to the bigger hook was not only to keep the correct gauge but of course to make it much easier to complete the next steps. Yarn over the needle and pull through the two loops, thus creating your first single crochet. Then chain one.

how to crochet slippers with pre-punched sole

After you've completed the chain one, switch back to the smaller hook so that you're able to push through the next hole. Continue with this method all the way around and then join to the first single crochet with a slip stitch. Now, I know you're probably thinking that's a whole lot of switching back and forth. It's really not as bad as you think and it goes pretty quickly once you get in the groove! And trust me it's worth the effort!! 

When the foundation row is complete you can go ahead and follow the pattern as if you were working from the crocheted sole. If your stitch count is off you could increase or decrease on the next row if necessary. 

It‘s that easy to turn a cute pair of slippers into a very trendy pair of flats that you can show off all spring/summer long! Have you ever made a pair of shoes from slippers? 

crocheted slippers with sole



Iris said:

Thanks for letting us view your technique. Now some of my specially made socks can be more versatile.

Yvonne Murray said:

I was so excited to see the process of turning slippers into shoes. But I knit. Even so, I imagine the procedure is similar.
Thank you for the inspiration.

Win Fowler said:

I LOVE this posting!! What a fabulous idea! I have to try this out with some of my favorite slippers. Love the color combination you chose as well. Thanks for sharing!!

Sandy Miltich said:

Hi Andrea, I am from Newfoundland myself, the Gander area! I have lived in Michigan since ‘71, getting really tired of this winter thing tho. My friend & I have used flip-flop soles to knit simple slippers that I take on vacation so I don’t have to go barefoot on hard, not so clean, sometimes damp tile floors. This is a cute pattern. Love the idea of the pre-punched soles! We knit ours by using a simple googled pattern, decreasing around the top. I would like to try this pattern tho. & love the color!

Melissa said:

This is a great idea! I didn’t even know you could get pre-punched soles! Thanks so much for making your post so detailed and including pictures of your progress. I’m definitely going to try this.

Andrea said:

Hi Yvonne,
I’m more of a knitter myself. Every now and then a crochet pattern will jump out at me! You can certainly use your favourite knit slipper as well. It was also brought to my attention that you could actually knit/crochet the entire slipper and then just sew your slipper onto the sole afterwards. Biscotte has fluffy slipper soles with prepunched holes. I’ll be knitting up a pair of those sometime in the near future as well. So stay tuned and thank you for reading my blog!

Andrea said:

I would like to thank you all for your lovely comments! I am very passionate about knitting and I’m so lucky that Biscotte Yarns has allowed me to share some of my passion with other knitters like you!
Thank you and happy knitting!

Lili said:

Thanks for this very useful tutorial. But what pre-punched soles did you use? Yours appear to have fabric innersoles, and have a much more tailored (attractive!) welt than the ones Biscotte lists.
I also don’t like knitting or crocheting lovely wool slippers, then attaching a fake-fur sole!
So am I stuck with knitting/felting my own soles, or do you know a current source for the ones you used? I’ve searched, cannot find any.

Andrea Yetman said:

Hi Lili
Biscotte carries some styles of the brand I used for my shoes. The brand is Bergere de France. I ordered my soles directly from their website. I use the fur ones for slippers and they actually turn out very nice and make my slippers last a lot longer! Hope this helps!

Fran said:

Does Bergere de France also make pre-punched RUBBER soles for shoes? If not, who does?

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