Croc Shoe Halloween Costume by Jennifer GreenM.E. (the 13-year old costume-wearer) LOVES Croc shoes. She has been wearing them since age 5 and has had them in every color and size. Every year she selects some inanimate object to be for Halloween - something that no one else is likely to be wearing. This year she decided to be a Croc, so her mother Jennifer Green started planning a handmade costume. Jennifer had never worked with foam before, but after a lot of research and a trip to a large foam warehouse in Burbank she selected a foam (closed cell, L200) that felt and seemed like it might work. She later learned later that the foam she selected is often used for costume making in the entertainment industry.
To create the costume Jennifer drew on paper a life-size version of the Croc (both top and bottom), and used that as a pattern to cut the foam. She joined the top and bottom with a long strip of foam that was wide enough to allow space for a person to fit inside the costume. She used gaffer's tape (also new material for her) to secure all the pieces together. She made the strap out of foam and printed the Croc logo from the web for the circular parts that connect the strap to the shoe. The owl, skull, and spider that you see at the foot of the Croc are Halloween jibbitz (jibbitz are things you can buy to decorate your Croc shoes).
HOW TO MAKE THIS COSTUME
Step 1:Buy 2 large sheets of L200 closed cell foam (approximately 7 feet by 4 feet).
Step 2:Create a pattern on paper in the shape of the shoe (identical for the shoe top and bottom), as well as for the strap. Print the Croc logo from the web in the size of the circular parts at either end of the shoe strap.
Step 3:Trace the patterns onto the foam. Cut the pieces with a box cutter or large X-Acto knife.
Step 4:Cut a long rectangular strip of foam to join the top and bottom of the Croc. Use gaffer's tape to join all the pieces. Cut holes on the top and the side of the Croc to match the Croc styling. Attach Halloween decorations to simulate jibbitz.