I see blown truck tires along the road every few miles on my daily drive to work; I thought it would be cool to make some shoes out of them. So I finally pulled over an grabbed a tread (Watch out for stabbing steel cords at the edges of the tire scraps.) These things are a little tough and messy to make, but they use all recycled materials except for the glue.
Scrap tire from highway shoulder.
Scrap carpet from a dumpster.
Old plastic shopping bags.
and some shoe glue.
Angle grinder with cut off wheel.
Something to cut rubber and carpet, I used tin snips and medical scissors.
Step 1: Mark and Cut
Draw a nice shoe pattern around you foot or trace another shoe onto the tire with a marker.
Then use a cut-off wheel on a grinder to cut through the steel cords in the tire. (very smoky.)
Once through the cords, cut out the tread with some tin snips or something.
This is messy with black stuff everywhere; put down some cardboard or something. This also smells like the county fair demo derby.