How to Make Origami Shoes

by Marie

Origami Shoes shows you how to indulge your passion for fashion without hurting your wallet! Fold gorgeous heeled paper shoes that stand up or glue flat to handmade cards.

Now you really can indulge your passion for shoes without having to spend a dime. Origami Shoes are such a fun and cute paper crafting project that kids and adults will love to create. All you need is a piece of Square Origami Paper which you can get on Amazon.

These pretty paper shoes can be folded flat so that they stick onto a paper crafted project such as a handmade card or a scrapbook page OR they will stand up so you can proudly display your finished origami.

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How to Make Origami Shoes Paper Folding

Origami Shoes Tutorial

Fun and Cute Fashion Paper Crafting

Discover how easy it is to make the cutest origami shoes with my step-by-step paper folding tutorial. These darling paper shoes will stand up by themselves and also fold flat which make them ideal to put onto a handmade card or a paper crafting project. Decorate your finished shoes with stickers, brads, flat-backed gems, glitter glue, bows or pens to make yours truly unique. You can design shoes just the way you want them!

Origami Shoes #1

Start with a square sheet of paper at least 5 by 5 inches. It doesn't need to be Origami paper but paper with a blank side will make folding easier to start with. Have the blank side facing up and fold in half, diagonally, then unfold.

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Origami Shoes #2

Take the right corner, pull it across to meet the center crease line and make a fold. Repeat this step on the other side so you pull the left corner across to the middle crease line and fold. 

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Origami Shoes #3

Take the right corner again and pull it up and across to meet the center crease, then fold. This makes a triangular flap which sits over the top of the one you just made. Repeat this on the other side so you pull the left corner across to the middle crease line and fold.

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Origami Shoes #4

You now want to make a couple of small, detail folds which are going to make the front part of your heeled shoe - the bit which you would slip your feet into if they were real!

We're going to fold again the section of paper that we've just folded in #3. Take hold of the top of the folded flap on the right hand side and fold it down into a little triangle as shown in the photo. You want to fold this over to the south east but not all the way over to the outside edge. Repeat this small fold on the left side.

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Origami Shoes #5

Fold your paper shoe back in half, length-ways, along the middle crease. It's easier to do this by lifting the paper up off the table or work surface and bending it backwards before neatly positioning it so edges meet up.

You should see the little detail fold you made in #4 on the outside of your paper folded shoe project. Rotate your paper so the detail fold is on the left as shown in the photo.

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Origami Shoes #6

If you want to leave your shoes with a sharp point at the front like you do get with some stilettos then you can - just move on to #7 and skip this part. 

I like to round off the tip of my folded shoes and here's how you do this. Take hold of the left corner of paper and bend a little back then make a good fold. Unfold back to a point. Here's the tricky part. You want to lift your shoe up from your work surface, open it out at the front a little (look at the middle photo) and push the tip of the paper shoe backwards so it goes underneath the paper. The last photo shoes how the tip of the paper has completely disappeared under the bottom of your shoe. 

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Origami Shoes #7

Now you make the heel of your shoe. This works in much the same way as #6.

Take the right-most corner of the paper and fold it back and down as shown in the first photo to make a rough heel shape. What will become the very tip of the heel should extend past the sole or bottom of your shoe. Unfold the fold you've just made.

Lift the paper shoe up from your work surface and open out the right side of it a little from the bottom which is basically what forms the sole of your origami shoe. Push the corner of paper on the right hand side (the heel) down and inside the middle of your shoe. You're bending the heel backwards so it sits inside the shoe when folded flat. See how it should look with the last image.

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Origami Shoes #8

Finally, fold in the very tip of the heel using the exact technique from #7. Just fold back a small triangle on the tip of the heel, unfold, open out the heel at the back of your shoe and push the tip up and back inside the heel.

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Updated: 02/13/2016, Marie
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Will you Make Some of these Paper Shoes?

Marie on 05/07/2012

Thank you, Tolovaj. That's pretty much why I love paper crafts - it is so amazing what can be created from a sheet of paper.

Tolovaj on 05/07/2012

Lovely idea for a family afternoon. Isn't amazing what can be done with a single piece of paper?

Marie on 01/26/2012

Yes you really can have shoes in every design, pattern and color when they're made of paper. Thank you, Sheila.

sheilamarie on 01/26/2012

These origami shoes will be perfect for shoe addicts! Just think of the pretty patterned shoes one could make! If only we could wear them.

Marie on 01/24/2012

Thank you, Janet. It sounds perfect for your daughter if she loves paper folding already.

Janet21 on 01/24/2012

Very cute! I should show this to my daugther. She loves folding paper and has made a few origamii creations.

Marie on 01/24/2012

Yes it's a cheaper way to get a shoe fix :) I adore shoes. Thanks for your visit, Angel!

Angel on 01/23/2012

I really need to do this instead of buying shoes! I am a shoe addict. I have way too many pairs. Great article.. I think I will do this with my girls.

Marie on 01/23/2012

Thank you very much, Jimmie. I really appreciate your visit :)

Jimmie on 01/23/2012

Very cute origami design and a wonderful tutorial, as always, Marie.

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