Clip  Clop  Costumes

Free Tutorials for the Costume Lover in you!

You will need:

- sandals that have straps (£5)

- thin aviary wire (£4)

- filler (for walls) (£2)

- wire cutters 

- scissors 

- wool (£1.50)

- wall paper paste (0.75p)

- glue (£2)

- a hammer

- hook nails (£2)

- acrylic paint (£8)

- sand paper (£3)

- paint primer spray £4)

- paint finisher (£5)

- a small saw

- a sponge (0.50p)

- faux fur 1.5 metre (£8)

- needle & thread

- poppers (pop buttons)

TOTAL: Less than £46!

"Having seen them for sale at over £80, that's not bad at all!" says Llama.

How to make: Hoof Shoes

No goat or satyr costume is complete without hooves. They are probably the hardest part of the costume and most time intensive, so be aware to put aside time to make these critters for your feet. Though I made them on the fly, they took about two weeks to ensure they were all dry after each stage. With a lot of dedication they would take about seven days to complete.

The supplies were mostly purchased from Wilkinsons ( in the UK, but American's can probably do similar supplies from Walmart. I had a hammer, acrylic paint and pliers already, so if you don't this may cost a little more. Below, right, is a goat hoof and you can see what you will be trying to replicate: a cloven (split toe) hoof. On the left you can see how your hooves should end up looking, pre-fluff.

Step One - Begin!

Gather your materials. It is important that you have a pair of sandals to begin that fit you comfortably: it will get very uncomfortable if the initial shoes are not cosy! I purchased these sandals for £5. They are strong and a little big for me, but that won't matter, as we will be sawing bits off them.

A good saw is important, as well as wire cutters and pliers.

Step Two - Sawing

Saw off the backs of the shoes. Try to have shoes with softer material, like cork (cheap shoes probably will be softer anyway). Be careful when sawing!


Do not saw too far in, or you will fall down! Saw behind your heel so that you can stand comfortably. This will help to aid the shape of the hoof on your foot and give the illusion of a goat heel.

Saw your toes to make a cloven look. Essentially you are creating a base for your hooves.

Step Three - Wiring the Base

Take your wire and measure around your shoe. Without covering the back (so you can get your foot in) use the hook nails to hook the wire around the shoe base, as shown. The hooks will hold it in firmly. When cutting the wire be careful not to cut yourself.

Below you can see the pair of shoes on my model (my good friend Jess!). Your feet should be comfortable under the wire. The wire has not yet been formed around the foot.

Step Four - Shaping the Wire

Begin forming your shoe. With a hammer, pliers and a little brute strength the shoes begin to be cut and pushed into shape. You should aim for a roomy, dome like shape as shown left, with a groove where the split toe will be. Temporarily you might want to hold the wire in place with plasticine, as shown.

Once shaped, use wool to sew the wire into place. It's clean and secure this way. Your shoes should now look like this -

Step Five - Paper Mache

Paper mache your shoes! Note the crease down the middle that will become the split of the toe. You can make paper mache with wallpaper paste and newspaper. Use the newspaper to fill out any lumps and bumps. Make sure the ankle area is softened up for you and not wiry. 

Note: the more you use the longer it will take to dry. Paper mache should be left at least 24 hours before handling the shoes again.

Step Six - Padding

Chop up the sponge to use as padding for anywhere in your shoe that is uncomfortable.

For my hooves, I padded a small amount of the inside and around the entrance to the shoe. You can use a lot of padding - it's good for your foot to be as snug as possible and not jiggle around inside your hooves. Use glue to stick the sponge on.

Step Seven - Filling & Sanding

Using filler, cover the shoes all over, with attention to the groove. This filler is the same used to repair cracks in walls.

Smooth out as best you can and leave to dry, which is between 24 and 48 hours. You may have to apply more to cracks.

When dry wear them on a trial run to locate weaknesses and then repair those again. It can take a few days to get them how you want them!

When they are dry, you can sand them down using medium harsh sandpaper. This won't take long but is very messy so make sure to keep a hoover/vacuum cleaner handy. :) Try them on to see how comfy they are and if they need more sponge inside. They should be starting to look like hooves now! 

Step Eight - Painting!

Paint your hooves!

Spray with primer before painting and allow to dry.

Using acrylic paint, paint your hooves however you like. I used brown, tan and warm yellow ochre to paint my shoes, with some white streaks. I did a few layers before I was happy and let it dry for about 24 hours.


If you are going to be a paler satyr, perhaps white or grey, you might want to paint paler hooves. Look at the animal kingdom for inspiration if you are not sure.

They may seem a bit big, but don't worry. The fur will cover up most of the hoof - where the split ends is roughly where the fur will start and cover the back heel. The hoof in the end will give the illusion of a goat heel.
Spray the finished shoe with paint finisher for sheen and protection.

Step Nine - Faux fur

Put on the faux fur, using superglue. Apply liberally.

Here you can see how much is covered by the fur, but it makes it more secure.

Measure your leg and don't make it too tight - the shoes will wrap over your satyr legs. It is at this point you may want to make your legs before completing the shoes. 

Alternatively, wrap the fabric about your ankle and glue over the back of the heel. Sew the top of the fur to hem it (fold the fabric over and sew to avoid a rough edge). Using three poppers, sew them on to allow you ability to put your foot into the hoof and easily pop it up at the back.

Step Ten - try them on!

Why not try the same tutorial without a split and make horse hooves?

You could even add a sculpt underneath to leave a hoof footprint. 

Be creative and try out experiments!