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Draenei Hoof Tutorial by nekokelly Draenei Hoof Tutorial by nekokelly
No, they aren't uncomfortable. They were more comfortable than many of my heels, to be honest.
Yes, they are heavy.
But the added weight helped keep me upright.
I was able to walk around all night, up and down stairs, as well as dance, with no trouble.

Materials Used
Old platform boots with the heels removed, and a wooden platform attached to the bottoms for added height.
Wire mesh (window screen, to be exact)
Paper mache
Bondo
Ardex Feather Finish Cement
Acrylic paint
Polyurethane
Craft foam sheets & faux leather (hot glued on) for the "armor"

*edit* I was just popping on before bed and saw a DD?? Holy cow, thank you so much :0 *dies of joy*
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Draenei Hoof Tutorial by ~nekokelly This is a great tutorial that I am sure will help many cosplayers out there, I personally will be using it when I am pretending to be a unicorn! Have fun and show ~nekokelly your results! ( Featured by UnicornReality )
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BlackandBlueSoul Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think you could help me through Skype or some other way to help me with the shape of the hoof when I finish with the Bondo?
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BlackandBlueSoul Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You amaze me o_o
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nessomik Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Awesome!
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IamWarriorChristain Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student General Artist
What kind of bondo did you use? The wood filler kind or the kind used for Cars?
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Subjugglatorx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohmygosh. I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR A TUTORIAL LIKE THIS EVERYWHERE.
Thank you so much. omfgggg.
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Melara100 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I have been wracking my brain on how to make 2 peices of wood curve and shape like hoofs. Alot of people use Resin, or even rubber molds to make hoofs. I not having that kind of cash, thought i would make my own!!!

My boots are not platforms, so ill have to use a BIT more wood then that. BUT. I cant wait to give this a shot!!! Im so excited!!!!

I know this was posted forever ago, but this helps greatly with my Fawn Cosplay!!! and i dont have to pay 300 dollars for someone to make me a pair of hoof shoes!!! (only mine will be covered in fur) :3

THANK YOU!!!~
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prettiest-potato Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing :D
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talonvaki Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you were making paws, rather than hooves...would you need the wooden blocks? Just wondering...
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TheRestless88 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Thank you for making this tutorial! It exactly what I needed to make boots for my Soraka cosplay!
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Zheniirah Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
What type of wood did you use?
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Warriorwitch Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely done. I love that they turned out comfortable and easy to walk in. I think I'll use this for my friend's cosplay because that was my main concern when she asked me to make hooves for her.
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KunoichiFyreKat Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you be able to wear these without the added wood on the bottom, you think? I'm considering using this for a pony cosplay but I don't think I want hooves that are quite that big.
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BittersweetLuna Featured By Owner May 20, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Awesomely clever! :clap:
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NekoNatsume Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool work , but i totally can see they must be heavy has hell , since the cement comes into play. I been planning on making my own , and probably , will try to use something heavy , since i just dont believe light weight materials can mantain you upright. Im going to a second hand store , but id love to get some actual horse shoes for the clip clop sounds and the added weight.

Just a question , are they too hot to use? Cause with the closed toes , the coverings , the cement and everything , they kinda look like a sauna.
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SzejdiAkhanta Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't it... unstable a bit?D: I mean, don't you have to stand on your tiptoes?
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nekokelly Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Not tiptoe like while wearing pointe shoes for ballet, but on the balls of your feet like if you're walking around tiptoe. It's essentially the same way I walk while I'm wearing very tall, spiked heels, so I'm pretty used to it. While standing still, when I'd normally distribute my weight more evenly over the shoe if it had a heel, the added weight and lack of flex actually helped to keep me forward and up on my toes, rather than try to lean back on my heels. It was fatiguing to stand still for long periods, but walking and dancing weren't any trouble.
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Hylianinja Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
I probably already commented on this, but this is really awesome. I'm going to attempt to make my own pair for a cosplay using your tutorial. I just hope all my years of walking on my toes for fun will pay off. xD
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bunnycheeksislove Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Was it comfortable standing in those?
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Hylianinja Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Wow, this is awesome. :O I may use this...
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Skitzophrenia Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thats amazing! I would love a pair of these!!
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ArnieliaGuard Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool i CAN have hooves
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Isugi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to make hooves for my next cosplay. This tutorial helped me out a lot! Thanks :meow:
How did people react, when they saw your awesome feet? ))
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SansForme Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Out of curiosity, you say you're good at walking around and dancing and such, but how are the grips on them? Can you jump or jog at all in them? Asking because this looks like it could adapt fantastically into demon claws, but I enjoy slinking around and creepy movement (which would be ruined by a faceplant trying to perch on a table). Fantastically detailed tutorial, by the way!
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nekokelly Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
They are *heavy* and brittle. Jumping isn't recommended lol. I could slink and creep, I suppose, but everyone would hear me coming and my legs would be sore tomorrow...These were a beta attempt at making hooves, and I really didn't expect to get a DD off of this (i only posted this because a few people asked), and in all honesty, I'd say just take inspiration from the guide then find something better to use than /cement/ for 'em x__x
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SansForme Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Yeah, definately sketching up alternative designs and mechanisms since I wouldn't be going for the straight-up hooves look, but your idea for the base was brilliant and design-wise I love the dehumanizing idea of the raised heel. I suppose I'll have to keep an eye out for scrappable boots to run movement tests on. Even though it's like a version 1.0 this is still an excellent tutorial. =D
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LadyAshley Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Wow!! This is so informative! I'm going to save it for future use.
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Sorelina Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Impressive! I feel tempted to do a pair...
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Afriana Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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AuroraFolf Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student Filmographer
I'm in the process of making a satyr costume, would this work well for something like that? (I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, I'm just drawing a blank) ^^;
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:+fav: This tutorial is featured in "Costume Design 101" for Costume Week.

Thank you for sharing your design techniques with the community!
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nekokelly Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Thank you very much for featuring this! I'm so happy that people are continuing to find it useful! :heart:
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Nobu-Kirisame Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I was really wondering how comfy these things were, surprised that they're not uncomfortable.
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nekokelly Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Well, I wouldn't want to wear them every day--and that's mainly because of the /weight/, but they were totally manageable for a night on the town :)
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Zoeyneko Featured By Owner May 11, 2010   Writer
I wish i could wear high heels >w< then i could make these :love:
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nekokelly Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Heehee, it's not as hard as it seems to walk in them really.
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Zoeyneko Featured By Owner May 16, 2010   Writer
Really? wow o3o
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Moonsong23 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Awesome! Thats really kool :D

I've been trying to think of ways of making my own draenei hooves, your tutorial helped with a question i came across :D
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nekokelly Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
I'm very glad to hear it was useful! ^__^
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Moonsong23 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Yea, it was very useful :)...but i do have a question...probably stupid but i still have to ask...when you heat up the clay so it will harden..would the heat melt the boots? Or is it just hot enough to heat up the clay an harden it?..i know thats probably dumb to ask ^-^"
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nekokelly Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
There wasn't any clay used to make the hooves...i didn't have to heat up anything. Not a stupid question at all though, really.
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Moonsong23 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Oh..thought it had said clay on there...sorry about that...
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Aeltari Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Im curious what the rest of the costume looked like if the hooves were this awesome...pics please!
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nekokelly Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
There are several in my gallery, the ones called Halloween 2009.
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Aeltari Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
They are awesome, I looked!
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brimstonewraith Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Only problem i see would be finding boots like that in my size, guess that's what the internet is for.
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meiastar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Wow, this is way cool! And congrats on the DD!!! :D :hug:
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nekokelly Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Thanks so much!
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Alinafee Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Awsome!
And now... da trollfeetsies, plz :nod: :)
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nekokelly Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Actually thinking of doing troll hands...
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Khiorii Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful for a future BJD cosplay! Thanks for posting! And great job!
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