Inspired by the Elves and the shoemaker fairy tale, a while ago I set about making these, so how did I do them?
So, I started with a rather large chunk of brown oven-baked clay, and worked from there, moulding rather tediously and shaping to get just the right cuteness and shoeyness.
Eventually I had finished the shape, and so then I moulded the buckles and stuck a pencil in the back to make the ankle holes. Using a clay tool (which is actually a makeshift tool from one of those scraper foil thingys) I carved a little squiggly pattern down the front as if they were leather shoes.
Just before these cutesies were popped in the oven, I moulded them together and in they went at one hundred degrees for about twenty minutes, phew, that was fiddly, but worth it!