These Seaside crochet shoes with rubber bottoms come together easily with cotton yarn and a pair of flip flops. Wear them to cruise the boardwalk or when frolicking on your yacht! 😉 The free crochet pattern is below or you can purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with hole-poking ruler for $2.50 here.
I like to think of crochet as our super power. We can take a ball of yarn and turn it into something beautiful and useful that has no resemblance to its original skein form. Guys, we’re pretty awesome.
(Don’t know how to crochet yet? It’s okay. I bet you’re still awesome. And I have a video course that can teach you all the basics of crochet to make you even awesom-er.)
This free crochet shoes with rubber bottoms pattern is part of an ongoing paid collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand.
I feel like being able to make these Seaside crochet shoes with rubber bottoms totally ups the ante on our super powers. These are legit shoes. Like, they pretty much look like something you’d buy at your favorite shoe store. Okay, let’s be honest, from your favorite shoe website.
With only a pair of flip flops, some yarn and a few basic tools, you can make shoes that you’re proud to wear. In public. The Seaside Slip-Ons are modern, summery and have some espadrilles flair thanks to the contrasting sole and “jute”-style stitching around the rubber soles. (If you’re into the idea of crochet espadrilles sandals, here’s a free pattern to make your own!)
The yarn I suggest for the Seaside crochet shoes with rubber soles is Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton. This is one of my favorite yarns to crochet shoes because the fact that it’s mercerized means that it holds its shape really well without much stretching over time. And the slight sheen of this yarn makes any project look pretty pro. You can see it below in action in several other free Make & Do Crew crochet patterns. (Find all my free crochet patterns using flip flop here!)
1. Crochet Espadrilles with flip flop soles
2. Boho Crochet Moccasins made from flip flops – video tutorial!
3. Coachella Boots with rubber soles
4. Lightweight Slippers made with flip flops – video tutorial!
As a bonus in the PDF pattern, I’ve created a printable ruler to guide your hole poking which is really helpful in achieving the pattern gauge. Since the spacing of your the holes on your rubber sole is largely what dictates the gauge, having a guide for poking your holes takes a lot of the guesswork out of this project. You can purchase the printable, ad-free version of the Seaside Slip-Ons pattern for $2.50 here.
And if you’ve never crocheted shoes with rubber soles before, you might like to check out my Crocheting With Flip Flops FAQs page which probably answers a lot of questions you’ve got!
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Seaside Slip-Ons Free Pattern
Women’s Crochet Shoes with Rubber Bottoms
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• Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton – (186 yds/3.5 oz, yarn weight medium/4)
– MC: 1 ball Navy divided into two equal balls
– AC: 25 yds Ecru or color to match flip flop soles
• Tapestry needle
• Size B [2.25 mm] crochet hook or size needed to fit through flip flop holes
• Size H [5.0 mm] crochet hook
• 1-2 printed copies of the “ruler” at end of pattern PDF (optional) or a measuring tape
• 1 pair of flip flops (See pattern notes on selecting the shoe size.)
• Sharp tool to poke holes (I use this clay tool. You can also try a skewer, thin drill bit or awl.)
• Sharp scissors
• Stitch markers
• Strong glue such as E6000 to glue strap plugs to sole (optional)
Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet two together
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
MC – main color
AC – accent color
A Word on Sizing:
Pattern can be used to make women’s shoe sizes 5 and up. To make a size 5 or 6 shoe, you’ll need to decide if you’d like to repeat the toe pattern as pictured (with three rows of “windows” on the toe) or to eliminate one section of windows so that the shoe hits your foot in a similar place to the sample. If you’d like to eliminate one set of windows (Rows 12-14 in Toe section), you’ll need to place your markers with 24 stitches in between them when working the Sides/Heel section. (See photo below.)
Similarly, if you’re making a size 11 or 12, you might decide to add an additional repeat of Rows 12-14 to add extra length to the toe section. This may require a second ball of MC yarn.
7 sc = 2”
10.5 rows of sc = 2”
• Transforming flip flops into slippers isn’t an exact science! Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to customize the shoes to your liking. Check out this Flip Flop FAQs post for answers to commonly asked questions.
• You may want to size down when buying your flip flops. Look for a flop flop that offers about .25″ of sole around your foot (more like the fit of a normal shoe). In the pattern sizing, the shoe sizes mentioned describe the shoe size you normally wear and not the sized-down size of your flip flops.
• The flip flops in the sample are from Old Navy–they have a great selection of colors. Find $1 flip flops on Amazon or at Walmart. Dollar Tree’s $1 flip flops tend to be a bit too flimsy, but can work if you are careful. And LionBrand.com now offers flip flops so you can get your yarn and soles in one place!
• Pattern explains locations on the flip flop as if it’s a clock where the top of the toe is 12:00 and the heel is 6:00. (See photo above.)
• Left and right shoes are identical.
• Be sure to poke the same number of holes in the second flip flop as in the first. (The printable ruler in the PDF makes this pretty straightforward if are using it, but it’s still a good idea to count and double check.)
• The shoes are crocheted tightly, similar to amigurumi. Make a deliberate effort to keep your stitches tighter than normal. Check your gauge if you’re unsure. The shoes will feel tight at first, but will loosen slightly with a day of wear. They should not stretch considerably after that (especially if you use Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton).
POKING THE HOLES
Trim straps off flip flops by cutting the mid-foot straps at an extreme angle so you can keep them in place without feeling them inside the shoe. (See photo below.) Tugging on the strap while cutting will help ensure you cut it as closely to the sole as possible. Save the rubber plug from the strap between your toes to glue in later.
If you’re using the printable ruler guide, trim it and tape an appropriate length around your flip flop. With your sharp instrument, poke holes in each dot on the ruler. (See photo above pattern.) Alternatively, use a measuring tape to poke holes just under .5″ apart (about 7/16th of an inch).
Pierce the hole at an angle from about the middle of the way down the sole to approximately .25” into the top of the sole. Ensure your holes are far enough from the edge so that the yarn won’t rip through the rubber when you create your first row of crochet. Reference the lightweight slippers video tutorial for help.
ACCENT COLOR FOUNDATION
Using one strand of AC, tie slip knot around smaller hook. Insert size B hook at back of heel (6:00 position) from the top of the flip flop toward the bottom of the sole, grabbing the yarn and pulling through to the top of the flip flop and through the slip knot to attach the yarn to the flip flop.
Foundation Round: Continuing with size B hook and single strand of AC, ch1, sc in each hole around sole, join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off. You will work over yarn tails in the heel section of the pattern.
Place stitch markers at 4:00 and 8:00 positions. Using larger hook and two strands of MC, make a slip knot on hook. Insert hook at the 4:00 marked st of Foundation Round (8:00 marked st for left-handed crocheters). Begin Row 1 in next stitch between markers and work over the tails of yarn you just attached. See photo below for visual guidance.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in each foundation round sc around heel until next marked st, sl st into marked st; turn.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sk sl st, sl st in next sc, sc in each sc until 1 sc remains, sl st in last sc; turn.
Row 3 (RS): Rep Row 2.
Row 4 (WS): Rep Row 2.
SHOE SIDES AND REMAINDER OF HEEL
The following rows will be crocheted on the sides of the shoe and on top of the previously worked heel in order to finish the back half of the shoe. When there isn’t an obvious sc to work into, place scs evenly along sl st edges of heel crescent.
Remove stitch markers. Place markers near the 2:30 and 9:30 positions so that there are 28 foundation stitches between the markers when counting around the toe section. (See photo F.) Reference note on sizing at top of pattern if making a size 5/6. Using larger hook and two strands of MC, make a slip knot on hook, leaving a 12” tail on slip knot. Do not crochet over tail.
Insert hook at the 2:30 marked st of Foundation Round to attach yarn. Left-handed crocheters, insert hook at 9:30 marked st and reverse all mentions of right and left.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in right marked st, sc in each foundation round sc and heel section st including left marked st; turn.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in each sc to right marked st, sc in marked st; turn.
Row 3 (RS): Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc until 1 sc remains before marked st, 2 sc in last sc; turn.
Row 4 (WS): Rep Row 3.
Rows 5 (RS): Rep Row 3.
Row 6 (WS): Rep Row 3.
Rows 7 (RS): Rep Row 3.
Fasten off, leaving a 12” tail.
• When you reach the sides that were created in the previous section, work new sts on the outside of the heel/sides section sts. (See photo below.)
Place stitch markers at 11:00 and 1:00 positions with 8 stitches in between and 9 unworked sts on either sides of the markers. Using larger hook and two strands of MC, make a slip knot on hook. Insert hook at the 11:00 marked st of Foundation Round (1:00 marked st for left-handed crocheters), yarn over and pull loop through slip knot to join yarn at toe. Begin Row 1 in next st between markers and work over the tail of yarn you just attached. (See diagram of positions at top of pattern.)
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in next 8 sc between markers; turn. (8)
Remove stitch markers.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in next 8 sc, sc 2 on sole; turn. (10)
Row 3 (RS): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 8 sc, sc 2 on sole; turn. (11)
Row 4 (WS): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sc, sc 2 on sole; turn. (12)
Row 5 (RS): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sc, sc 2 on sole; turn. (13)
Row 6 (WS): Ch 1, sc, [ch 1, sk 1 sc, dc in next sc] 6 times, sc 2 on sole; turn. (15)
Row 7 (RS): Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, sc in each dc and ch-1 sp, sc 2 on sole; turn. (17)
Row 8 (WS): Ch 1, sc in next 17 sc, sc 2 on sole; turn. (19)
Row 9 (RS): Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, [ch 1, sk 1 sc, dc in next sc] 7 times, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc, sc 2 on sole; turn. (21)
Row 10 (WS): Ch 1, sc in next 4 sc, sc each dc and ch-1 sp, sc 2 on sole; turn. (23)
Row 11 (RS): Ch 1, sc in next 23 sc, sc 2 on sole; turn. (25)
Row 12 (WS): Ch 1, sc in next 3 sc, [ch 1, sk 1 sc, dc in next sc] 10 times, sc in next 2 sc, sc 2 on sole; turn. (27)
Row 13 (RS): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc each dc and ch-1 sp, sc 2 on sole; turn. (28)
Row 14 (WS): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 26 sc, sc 1 on sole; turn. (28)
Fasten off, leaving 12” tail.
With a tapestry needle, use remaining tails to sew the toe section onto the shoe sides. The basting stitch works well. Take care to pull the toe section over the shoe side so that it overlaps a bit. The front corner of each side section can have a tendency to curve downward because of the increases. Do your best to hide any curved stitches under the toe section so that the side sections appear straight. (See photos above pattern of shoes from the side.)
Optional: If you plan to wear your new shoes out in the elements, glue the flip flop plug back into place in the toe using a glue like E6000.
Put on your new Seaside kicks and frolic on your yacht, cruise the boardwalk or go get the mail in style!
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