I am close guys
Just need to tweak the heating unit.
great job, looks great.
on the subject of fabric. does anyone know what the material is called that is on the back of the kmag tongue and the inner lining at the back of the shoe?
its like a soft mesh type material. Is it polyester mesh fabric? i was wondering if this is available from any shop, or will any soft material be ok?
for the front of the tongue, we can use leather or pvc fake leather, but for the back of it, been trying to find some good material to use.
the kmag one is nice as i think its the same stuff used on most high end sneakers. the fabric on the inner of the kmag is one of the best things about it, thats why its quite comfortable.
Last edited by airair; Jul 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM.
for you guys who have bought craft foam sheets.
how strong are they? if you stretch them, do they rip easily?
i bought some "funky foam" sheets which are approx just slightly less than 2mm in thickness. but if you stretch them they rip quite easily.
So i searched on the web and found some suppliers of eva foam sheeting with the following densities.
low density - shore 30
medium density - shore 50
high density - shore 65
they have sizes of 1mm, 3mm and upwards.
no 2mm though.
which density would be best?
I think you find that the foam does tear easily until you bond the cloth to it.
yeah, i did a quick test on the craft foam. even though it says 2mm on the label, i measure it as 1.5mm.
so i glued 2 square pieces of it together using some pva glue and its quite strong now.
Caloss said he has used 3M super 77 spray adhesive for glueing his grey fabric to the foam.
Ive been trying to find which spray adhesive is the strongest and will last the longest. I dont want the foam glue to the fabric to suddenly come off one day!
i was unsure on whether to get 3m Super 77 or Super 90.
if you have any tips, let me know.
or maybe there is another spray adhesive which is proven to be the strongest?
Super 77 was the product mentioned a few times.
Yeah, thanks, i guess i will try that, but in UK they don't have Super 77, the only have 3M craft mount and a few others.
So may have to search for it.
3M makes some good stuff.
im thinking of doing following.
1st foam layer glued to faux leatherette, then to grey fabric.
then 2nd foam layer glued to faux leatherrete then to grey/inner lining fabric.
so with 3mm of foam in total, together with an extra few mm of fabric ontop it should be strong and wearable.
I'm also investigating whether to get these 3mm EVA low/medium/high density foam sheets instead which are available from these medical supply places. Since they are 3mm thick already, it may be easier using these, but not sure yet.
i'm guessing the medium density (shore 50) will be good enough for strength and flexibility.
yeah, im going to rip the uppers off, and create new ones with foam. trying to make them as strong as possible.
i figure the existing kmag uppers are made from thing faux leatherette glued to foam and another thin layer of fabric, so it should be possible to make something wearable.
Might as well give it a go.
On the subject of knock-off Mags, maybe it's just me but the official Nike Mag just does not feel like the same shoe that we see in the movie.
On the other hand, many of the Mark Poon conversions feel much more like the screen-used Mags and that's what I want in a replica of that shoe.
But what is it about the 2011 Mag that feels off? Anyone else have the same opinion? I've been cirlcing a pair for $4000 but can't bite the bullet.
I think airair hit that on the head a few posts back when he made comment about the tongue and cuffs on the 2011 MAG being made from leatherette and where the tongue of the shoe in the film looks like cloth.
The tongue and cuffs of the MP shoes are also cloth and stretch to give that extra height that the 2011 MAG does not seem to have.
From the select images of the film shoe I have, the tongue and cuffs are not leatherette. The let down for the MP shoes is those yellow soles and the one size fits all thing where NIKE offer the clear soles and your size.
The cuff/tongue is one area where the MP shoe again is more to my liking. The shoes in the movie seem a little less rigid. The MP just feels like it's going from those screen caps more than the official product.
Plus...the lack of toe cap after the toe slimming feels damn good. Anyone else with me? Damn nice being able to wriggle my toes against the fabric in these shoes.
I was pleased by how easy the toe-slimming was. I actually wore my MP's to Disneyland yesterday and the shoes were fine. No separation around the toe area and there was surprisingly very little wearing of the green paint flecks on the bottom of the soles. And damn comfortable to wear while waiting in those lines. One of the most comfortable pair of shoes i've worn.
Has anyone else worn their shoes out and about?
Yeah, the reason the official 2011 mags look off is that they have made the shoe a bit more stiffer.
the original movie shoe looks more softer and fabric looks nicer.
Thats why i'm trying to rip the kmags uppers off, and just form some new ones with foam and fabric on top.
Since the original kmag uppers are just thin foam glued to leatherette, i think it should be possible to make a nice comfortable shoe to wear.
the hard part is the putting it together.