Make Your Own (Recycled) Sandals
You can make great sandals from old tires.
Sandals can be made from the inner tube (like this first pair of sandals) or the tread or exterior tire which is a lot tougher and harder to shape into a sandal. Both applications work. They are simple to make. You can get fancy and glue terry cloth or some soft material for your inner sole. The possibilities are endless. Lets start with simple sandals. All you need is a pair of old shoelaces like this gent has done. You need a sharp carving knife, something to puncture 3 holes for the laces (perhaps the tip of the knife ) and any old tire you can scrounge up. You should also have some chalk or a felt marker to make an outline of your foot for the pattern. Even an old shoe or the inner sole of one of your regular shoes will work as a guide. You can always trim back. I’d call this sandal your bare bones “REDNECK STYLE”. Shoes laces? I don’t know about that. He gets points for ingenuity. I sure would not have thought about shoe laces for strapping your feet in Fred Flintstone’s sandals. They can be simple or complex sandals. It’s entirely up to you.
Personally, I like the thicker treads for do-it-yourself sandals. They look a bit more comfortable. I would glue an old terry cloth towel cut out for the bottom (inside) of the sandal. This gent glued in some old carpet ends to cushion his feet. When I’m at the cottage, people are always wearing your sandals. Make some guest sandals! Your friends will get a real hoot out of it and enjoy the fact that you or your kids spent the time to make these comfortable creations. You can get a few pairs from one tire.
FANCY UP-CYCLED SANDALS
One lady had an idea to open a store that sold recycled sandals at a cost of $29.95 to $49.95. The dollars and cents of it is that they are very reasonably priced. New jobs were created that would boost the economy and the spirit. It feels good to work and be able to provide for yourself and your family.
These “rockers” look comfortable. Tire sandals are traditionally worn by the Maasai tribe in Africa. Notice the thinner leather for the toe grip. Good call! They all have a pair of these no fuss sandals. I like the “au naturel” look. More protection from the hot desert sands.
(Video P.S. His sandals are heavy because he left the metal mesh on the sole. It is recommended that you can remove the metal mesh while you are removing the tread from the tire. It’s like peeling a banana.)
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