Boots And Heels

Boots and shoes with heels require a little more work to set up properly in space. Fortunately, it's easy to do and you should be able to get great results in no time.

First things first. If you have not already familiarized yourself with the basics, check out the Clothing Basics tutorial video below.

Now that you're familiar with the basics, try your hand at a pair of high heels or boots with heels. After loading the Space avatar into the scene, add your boots. You should see something that looks like this:

It's okay, this is perfectly normal!

Notice in the picture that the boots are lined up so the heel of the foot is aligned with where the heel would go in the boot? That's important - your boots should be at an x/y/z position of 0, 0, 0 and be similarly aligned.

Morph Targets

If you are making boots or shoes that have an exposed foot or open toe design, then you need to adjust a couple settings in order to make the Space avatar's feet fit. If your boots/shoes are an enclosed design, you can skip ahead to the Clothing Item Settings section below.

The first thing you're going to want to do is inspect the Space avatar in your Hierarchy panel. Open up the 2017 Female (or 2017 Male) object, and then open the Geo_grp sections by clicking on the triangle to the left. Now select the femalebody (or malebody) object.

Next, in your Inspector panel, click on the triangle to the left of Skinned Mesh Renderer and then click on the triangle next to BlendShapes to expose an avalanche of settings. These let you control various aspects of avatar positioning and shaping, and you are going to scroll to nearly the bottom of that long list to find three specific sets of controls, two of which are important for setting up your footwear:

Slider.high_heel accepts a value of 0 - 100 and affects the shape of the foot in the heel. A value of zero means no lift, and a value of 100 is an extremely high heel. Play with a setting here to find a number that works best with the shape of your boots or heels.

Slider.archoffeet also accepts a velue of 0-100 and affects the offset (or crunch) of the arch. A value of zero means no effect, and a value of 100 is severely crunched.

Make a note of the numbers that work best, and then you can change both values back to zero so that your Space avatar base is at its default values. Next, move on to the Clothing Item Settings below.

Clothing Item Settings

Now go to your boots/shoes object, and look in the Clothing Items Settings script. Click open the triangle for Extra Settings, and then click on the triangle to the word Heel to expose the Extended Heel Settings.

Make sure to tick the box that says Use Heel Settings.

If you have Morph Target settings from the section above, enter your Slider.high_heel settings under Heel Amount, and Slider.archoffeet under Arch Offset.

For Avatar Center of Mass, enter a number to represent how high the avatar should be raised above the ground. A value of zero is no lift at all, and may result in the bottom of the shoes or boots going beneath the floor or ground terrain. A value of .01 equals 1 centimeter, and a value of 1 equals 1 meter.

Once you've entered those settings that are specific to boots & heels, you can fill out the rest of the info in your Clothing Items Settings and Virtual Goods scripts as you normally would, and everything should look great in-world!

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