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Feb 10, 2012 23:50:14   #
Snooper's Ma
I am trying to find the soles you sew on the bottom of crocheted or knit slippers so that you can run out for the paper or get the mail. I can find them in leather or suede products but my daughter is a vegetarian and will not use leather or any other animal product.

I have looked everywhere and can only find the leather and suede ones. I thought there might be rubber ones with non-slide soles you can sew or crochet on but cannot find anything. Will be extremely grateful for any help.
Feb 11, 2012 01:10:11   #
Have you tried looking on Ravelry or Deramores, Red Heart, Lion Brands etc or just google what you want.
Feb 11, 2012 09:34:18   #
hi snoope's ma, joann fabrics has what they call gripper slippers. i just received some on monday but havent tried them yet. Lorene
Feb 11, 2012 09:35:20   #
snooper's ma its slipper gripper. sorry have dyslexia. lol Lorene
Feb 11, 2012 10:23:28   #
Knit Picks sells them on there site.
Feb 11, 2012 11:54:28   #
At JoAnns, they have a grid that is actually used to line shelves to keep china and glass from slipping. Some folks have used them on socks for wearing in the house. You just cut it to fit your sock.

Feb 11, 2012 11:55:44   #
I've done it before by tracing a sole shape from an old slipper onto a piece of pleather (faux leather, or whatever material you want to use, cut up an old coat, etc.), cut it out with a sharp blade and pierce around the edges with an awl (or hammer/nail). Purchased soles are quite expensive, this is a good repurposing method.
Feb 11, 2012 20:04:43   #
Newark Dressmaker Supply

They have non-slip, raised dot cloth used for this purpose.
Retails $ 7.50/yard.

An interesting site. Used them for years for sewing goodies, etc
Feb 11, 2012 23:35:14   #
Snooper's Ma
Thanks for your help but I have the material and grippers you sew or glue on. What I am looking for is the actual sole like the ones you can buy in leather. I have looked on Google and all the other sites mentioned but they only have either leather or suede which are animal products and they are a definite no-no. Even tried the vegetarian craft sites and no luck. Guess I'll have to see if I can get the regular material and cut my owbn soles.

Thanks again. Guess I'll have to find the material or I was thinking of cutting the toe holders from flip flops and punching holes in them. Not too sturdy a join but it is a thought.
Feb 12, 2012 00:20:23   #
I use clear silicone caulking for the bottoms of my knitted slippers.

I buy the caulking that goes on white and dries clear . I smear it on the soles of the slippers with a popsicle stick and let fully dry for a few days. to get rid of any slicking of the soles once dry, dust with flour or powder.

Should the soles start to wear, caulking can be re-applied to fill in wear spots.
Feb 12, 2012 00:22:04   #
There is also a product :

Regia ABS Latex - also has stencils, so you can apply
hearts, paws,stars, flowers, etc

It lasts, unlike the old puffy paint applications of the past, and looks darned cute.
Just thought you'd like to know?
Available at Herrschners.
Probably elsewhere, too.

I also can't find soles other than suede.
But even suede can be slippery on smooth wood or tile.

Curious - what do they do about shoes?? Sneakers, only?
My niece also has these concerns.
And I wonder why synthetic is "better" than organic.
I also have great empathy for the other denizens of the earth.
Makes me feel bad, and muddled.

Good Luck.
Feb 12, 2012 01:10:38   #
My daughter has been a vegan for over 20 years. For most vegans, it's not a question of synthetic over organic and which is better. It's an ethical concern that animals are killed to get the hides to make leather. There are plenty of non-leather shoes available. Besides sneakers, there are many shoes that are made of "manmade materials" so it is not difficult at all to find vegan alternatives.
Feb 12, 2012 01:29:11   #
ladybuys (a regular here)
Try this site. It has lots of helpful idea :-)
Feb 12, 2012 19:40:50   #
there is a site called simple shoemaking they have rubber soles of all kinds..that i have used for the fiber trends boots, and slippers....but they are expensive.
Feb 12, 2012 20:20:44   #
As others have said..JoAnn fabrics sells something called "safe treds fabric". Ive been using it for years. I sew slippers and use it for the soles. Good for pj's also. I have also used puffy paint of the bottom of felted slippers before. Thats even easier then sewing on the soles.
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