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Date: 4/20/10 6:29 PM

Hi everyone, I know that this is a great place to learn and I am struggling with the internet not finding the info I need. Two days now I have been trying. I hope someone can point me in the right direction.

I am developing a product the looks like a slipper but has a very specific application . Sorta like a gym shoe. I am interested in a suede bottom. I am trying to understand the difference between real suede and not real suede, weights, sources. I am thinking of a bottom similar to those found on gym shoes, or those popular baby shoes, robeez.

I am really struggling, and have been to the two local fabric stores./ I have purchase thin ultrasuede - does it come in thicker types??? I know nothing and need to learn!! And help would be greatly appreciates and if you know where i can get samples even better :)

I am open to real or fake suede and would love to understand the benefits to either. i would like these slippers to be washable.

Thanks in advance!!!!

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Date: 4/20/10 6:45 PM

You can buy replacement ballroom dance shoe soles (they're suede)- I don't know whether that would work for you or not.

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Date: 4/20/10 6:58 PM

Coconuts,

Wow, who knew! I just looked it up and I need a whole bottom and where to get it, but I think I will see about getting some to see how thick the fabric is and maybe work from there. Thank you!! Great idea.

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Date: 4/20/10 11:13 PM

how about going to the goodwill or savor store for old suede coats. They would be about the thickness you want. you would get lots of souls out of that.
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Date: 4/21/10 12:42 PM

Quote: stretch queen
I know that this is a great place to learn and I am struggling with the internet not finding the info I need. Two days now I have been trying.


I am developing a product the looks like a slipper but has a very specific application . Sorta like a gym shoe. I am interested in a suede bottom. I am trying to understand the difference between real suede and not real suede, weights, sources. I am thinking of a bottom similar to those found on gym shoes, or those popular baby shoes, robeez.

...etc

You say you're developing a product, you're vague about product requirements (not a criticism, I get it) and you have a question about materials. This is fairly complex; which is not to say people won't be helpful but there lies a risk in that answers may misdirect your orientation. I deal with that everyday, long story.

I'm sure I'd have some suggestions (having a long history in leather products and materials engineering) but I cannot make those without knowing the constraints of application. I gather this is a commercial venture and possibly a children's product (?) meaning PR -while a great place- is probably not the best resource. I can't say more than that without running afoul of restrictions on advertising but I sincerely wish you the best of luck as you move forward.

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Date: 4/21/10 1:31 PM

I would think a real suede would probably work better as a shoe sole than any of the faux suedes. I don't know what type of fabric you were looking at in your local stores. But there are different types of synthetic suedes. Genuine Ultrasuede (or Sensuede) is an expensive nonwoven fabric that usually costs at least $40 a yard, and may cost up to $100 a yard (though you can sometimes find it for less). The cheaper woven sueded fabric that you find in most fabric stores costs about $8 a yard and usually has a slippery woven backing.

If there's a Hobby Lobby in your local area, they do sell remnant bags of genuine suede for about $5. These remnants will be too small to use, but you'll at least get some idea of what real suede is like to work with. When I was starting to sew, I bought a bag of suede remnants and sewed a suede cover for my digital camera.

If you want to send away for Genuine Ultrasuede samples (though I don't believe genuine Ultrasuede is appropriate for your project), Field Fabrics sells a sample set of swatches for $15.
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