There are many ways to create your crochet shoes. Here I will start with the most basic shoe shape. This how-to crochet tutorial is not a pattern, but rather a step-by-step explanation on the construct of the crochet shoes.
This basic shoe shape in not the prettiest but is very fitting and comfy. And a good easy way to start on the crocheted shoe journey.
In the steps below, I will specify exact numbers/sizes. They are specifically for this example only. You will probably end up with different feet, shoe sizes, yarn used, etc.
FYI: In this example, I used 5mm hook with compatible yarn thickness.
I am assuming you already know how to crochet and most of the terms are familiar to you.
The Construction Areas of the Basic Shoe
This is only rough photo but is sufficient to point out the various areas one will have to consider.
How to make Crocheted Basic Shape Shoe
Start: magic ring, 6sc
If you find that the shoe is a bit pointy, you can start the magic ring with more stitches. And then increase accordingly to create the domed shape.
For example, if you started with 10 stitches, you would probably want to increase 10 stitch per row.
Tip of Shoe (dome)
To create the dome shape, work standard increase; in this example being to increase 6 stitches per row.
Continue till the circumference is approximately equal to the measurement around foot.
In this example, increase till you have 24sts per row. You will have a little dome shape (where the toes will be).
After this we will be working the front section of the shoe.
Front Section of Shoe
We will work this straight (no increase) till we get to shaping the opening in the shoe upper.
In our example, I worked 22 straight rows of 24 stitches.
You have to estimate length of your own shoes.
The photo shows the approximate proportion relative to the foot.
Do not cut off yarn. Continue with shaping the top of the upper.
I recommend cutting the yarn here. You can see that the ugly line where rows begin/end is quite obvious. I want this hidden by putting it towards the sole (bottom).
So cut the yarn here.
Top Opening (curve shaping)
Before continuing, mark the opening for the upper part of the shoes, starting from where your last row ended.
You will start the curved top section directly opposite the ugly line indicated above.
Here, I have 8 stitches.
Working with the 8sts in this example, the crochet symbols show the stitches to create the curve.
Back (straight) Section of Shoe
After shaping the top-front part above, we will make the rest of the shoe till the heels. We will work the remaining stitches straight (no increases):
21R of 16sts.
Note:In the first photo, I indicate that there is an increase in the number of stitches so that the heel height will be higher. I didn’t do that in the example here but I would recommend it.
if there are to be 21R, maybe at row-7, increase one stitch at each end ==> [18sts]
then at row-14, increase one stitch at each end ==> [20sts]
We work this back section till the piece is about 1/2 to 1 inch short of the length of your foot. Next we will shape the heel.
Curving for the Heel
To achieve this, in the next row (which will be the last row), dec 3 stitches at the center.
Sewing Up (Heel)
Cut off yarn and finish. Leave enough yarn to do the sewing.
Turn shoe inside out, so that the RS are facing each other.
Sew up the heel. The basic shoe shape is now finished. Just a little more tweaking (opt) before adding edging or cuff.
Fitting the Shoes
Now the basic shoe shape should be comfy and fitting. The additional row(s) at the back may be visually subtle but it will yield a much better fit.
Below I have just finished the basic shoe shape with only an sc edging around the opening. You can carry on adding height/cuff to make a boot if you like.
Optional: Adding Outer Soles
Below I have just tacked on the outer soles to see how it looks and whether it works. (It works!)
There are various soles you can use. Soles of flip-flops are very popular. Proper pre-cut outer soles are very hard to find (at the moment). Check places like Pinterest for more ideas on adding soles to your crocheted shoes.