The hardest part for me was finding a pair of boots that I really liked for this cosplay. I spent weeks researching online for boots, and was even suggested a great pair by a fellow cosplayer from Cosplay.com, only to find that they didn't come in my size.
My BF found these amazing oversized zippers at OrgXIIIOrg. They are fellow cosplayers who specialize in making huge zippers. If you just search "large zippers" or any derivative of that, what you get are zippers that are extra long. Instead I now have zippers with HUGE teeth. Look how huge that zipper pull is compared to my hand!
Yoko's zippers don't go all the way down, so it was decided that mine would only go 7 inches down my boots. I measured the zippers to 9 inches to have enough zipper tape to attach and cut them from the bottom. This ensured that I had the top zipper stop intact.As you can also see I cut the extra zipper tape from the top. I then used Fray Check on the top and bottom edges. I'm not sure how well you can see it, but for the extra 2 inches of zipper, I put gorilla glue in the teeth to ensure that they wouldn't split during wear.
I hand-sewed the zippers into the boots. My right index finger and thumb were not happy about that. The zippers are even still functional.
Here are the boots after 4 coats for paint. I mentally divided the boot into sections, would paint a section and then use my blowdryer on low before painting the next section. (Please ignore the disaster that was my living room at the time. Lol, didn't notice the BF in the corner of the pic until later)
It took 9 coats of the white Angelus leather paint to completely cover the boots. I could have stopped at 8, but did one more just for good measure. My BF drew an outline of the flames on in pencil for me. He used actual pics of Yoko's boots and made sure that the patterns faced opposite directions. It took 3 coats of the red paint for that level of brightness and then I used one coat of the finisher.
Honestly at this point after seeing how well my boots held up to wearing them all day I would swear by Angelus paint and thin layers. Even after 9 layers of that white paint and 3 layers of red, those boots are totally flexible. They don't move like they were painted at all.
So this is basically what I did. I may have forgotten something, or not explained it well. Feel free to ask questions and. . .