It wasn't all sunshine and roses getting the first pair done. After some searching for a pattern and coming up empty, I broke down and did what tech-savvier individuals would have done in the first place...throw the image link into Google and watch what happens. Bingo! Found a pattern, sort of. Turns out the original was written in Finnish and it did not translate into English very well. At all. Plus, these are crochet. My hook skills are limited at best, but I was willing to give it a whirl...bizarro language barrier translation and all.
The first four mock ups were ridiculous. The combination of translation and my skill set made for quite the comedy. Finally, I broke down and enlisted the help of a Crochet Genius Friend.
All was good in the pattern world. Or so I thought. The first "official" pair was done and mostly to my liking. The second pair did not turn out like the first at all. What can I say, except a squirrel must have run past me causing me to lose my place. They were exponentially better! Gave those to the other son that requested a pair (because of course, no one requested the same color!) and went back to rip out and re-do the first pair using the distracted pattern. So, now the first pair is done
It may not look like it in the pictures, but once on the foot, it stretches out and fits very much like in the inspiration picture.
What finally worked for me is: ***disclaimer: I stink at crochet patterns and this may or may not make sense to someone that actually knows what they are doing***
---I used worsted weight Red Heart Super Saver yarn (because I know what is going to happen to them and they need to be able to withstand an Apocalypse) and a 5.0mm/H hook---
1. Chain 3. Join into round and do 12 HDC into the middle of the circle.
2. 2HDC into each stitch (total of 24 stitches)
3. and 4. HDC into each stitch (24 stitches)
5. Change color and HDC into each stitch.
6 through 9: HDC
10. HDC 8 stitches. In next stitch, 3HDC. HDC for next 4 stitches. 3HDC in next stitch. Chain 2 and turn work.
11 through 20: HDC each stitch (10 stitches). Chain 2 at end of each row.
21 and 22: 1SC, HDC x2, DC x5, HDC x2, 1SC. Tie off.
At the base of the flap, connect yarn again to begin the foot.
1. In the first and last stitch, increase by doing 2HDC in each of those stitches...doing HDC between those stitches. At end of row, chain 2 and turn.
2. HDC across, chain 2 and turn.
3, 5, 7, and 9: same as row 1 of foot.
4, 6, and 8: same as row 2 of foot.
10-16: HDC, chain 2 and turn on each row.
Tie off. Seam up the back. Lace up with a shoe lace and watch the people you love smile as they put them on and do a happy dance.
Sorry if this makes no sense to seasoned crocheters, but it worked for me.