After spotting this editorial in Lucky Magazine back in winter, I decided I wanted a foldover-style boot too! So chic - and it visually slims up your legs, working in both casual and more edgy ensembles. But since I always make instead of buying new unless I absolutely must, I'm not going to plonk down 9 on a boot...especially when I already have a whole bunch of shorter boots that will work perfectly as the base (see below).
Here's how to make your own version, using an old beat-up leather jacket**:
**There are many great options for old leather jackets - I found mine at a Goodwill Outlet store, so it probably cost about total, and it had a huge rip in the back of the jacket (probably the reason why the owner discarded it in the first place!) Charity shops, garage sales, something in your guy's closet he no longer wears...if you can give an old, distressed piece of clothing a new life, I'm all for it! And if you prefer using vegan alternatives, you can also try this with manmade pleathers or vinyl, sold at many fabric or craft stores. The only issue with pleather vs. leather is that pleather doesn't breathe as well, and doesn't have a natural stretch to it as leather does, so trying to push it down over your boot when finished may cause more seam stress. You may have to cut your pleather slightly larger at the bottom to accommodate different boot shapes, and you will likely have to make a lining as manmade leathers usually have a very rough underside that is uncomfortable next to the skin. You could also try fabric, canvas, corderuoy, or denim for an entirely different look!
Turn boot-covers right-side out.
I wanted to make a very stiff, faux boot cover that would create the illusion of a rigid calf-high boot, so since jacket leather is quite soft and pliable, I had to make an insert to create structure. I used a piece of craft foam, rolled up and inserted between the lining and the leather outside. Push the foam all the way down to the bottom of the boot-cover, making sure the cuff part doesn't reveal any lining on the outside. Once inserted all the way, put your hands inside and enlarge the foam roll so it conforms to the shape of the boot-cover. Also make sure that the foam roll seam overlap is at the back of your boot-covers, so no ugly ridge is seen down the front.