Need Help on Rinoa's Boots!

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#1 Chibicakes on 3 years ago

[U]NOTE[/U]: I am not a cosplay newbie, [U]BUT[/U] I'm not at expert level (AKA making cosplay myself from scratch). So, this is the first time I'm starting on attempts to make my own costumes.

Hi! As the thread title says, I need help on Rinoa's boots.

I got the boots already, so here's what they look like.

[URL=http://smg.photobucket.com/user/SLL/media/IMG_20150413_160742_zpsvs4qprmj.jpg.html][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v473/SLL/IMG_20150413_160742_zpsvs4qprmj.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

So, the only thing that's missing are the buckles/metallic plates that are on her boots, as shown below (sorry for the low quality, these were the best shots I can find of Rinoa's boots from FFVIII itself).

[U]Reference[/U]
[URL=http://smg.photobucket.com/user/SLL/media/IMG_20150328_185413_zpsqaf2rskf.jpg.html][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v473/SLL/IMG_20150328_185413_zpsqaf2rskf.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://smg.photobucket.com/user/SLL/media/IMG_20150328_185344_zpsjqfsiykv.jpg.html][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v473/SLL/IMG_20150328_185344_zpsjqfsiykv.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

And I honestly have no idea what style of belt buckle to get nor do I know where to buy them apart from online.

The closest I could find on the buckles are these two (shown below):

http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/department/buckles/11687-00.aspx
http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/department/buckles/11688-00.aspx

However, again, I'm new to this, so I really am not sure what belt buckles to put on these boots straps.

If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! Thank you very much in advance.

#2 KittyAngel on 3 years ago

[QUOTE=Chibicakes;4964907][U]NOTE[/U]: I am not a cosplay newbie, [U]BUT[/U] I'm not at expert level (AKA making cosplay myself from scratch). So, this is the first time I'm starting on attempts to make my own costumes.

Hi! As the thread title says, I need help on Rinoa's boots.

And I honestly have no idea what style of belt buckle to get nor do I know where to buy them apart from online.

The closest I could find on the buckles are these two (shown below):

[url]http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/department/buckles/11687-00.aspx[/url]
[url]http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/department/buckles/11688-00.aspx[/url]

However, again, I'm new to this, so I really am not sure what belt buckles to put on these boots straps.

If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! Thank you very much in advance.[/QUOTE]

Hi Chibicakes. So, that's really easy. From what I can think of, there are 2 ways you can go about this:

1. Before you resort to online shopping, go to a local craft shop like Hobby Lobby or Michaels, even a local cobbler would work, and look around in the leather section. If you go to your local cobbler, then ask about the buckle and make sure you have your reference picture so they know what you're looking for. I strongly suggest you save the online shopping for the upmost bottom-of-the-barrel last resort, mainly due to shipping costs.

2. If you're on a tight budget, you can create a fake buckle for the shoes without doing any heavy duty work. So, get some leftover black fabric and some white craft foam. Then you create the rectangles and paint them silver. You then glue them in the middle or wherever the buckle it located on the boot. Lastly, you take the strip of leftover black fabric with the buckle and just glue the strap across with the shoe.

I hope this helps and good luck:bigtu:

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