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.

I used:
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.
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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.
Plastic bags is such an awesome idea! I was gonna tie up some hemp for mine, but that's way cool, dude!
<p>I'd prefer a natural fiber too. Could use bamboo for the sole as well, the tire should be durable enough.</p>
Great idea! Can you get 50k miles out of them? 40? How often do you rotate them? <br>We call the retreads 'gators' out here and was thinking of making some for poor countries....
Because you're using the shoes the poor countries make?
<p>Hi I found a technique to reduce the weight of the tire but it requires a little more work:</p><p><a href="http://www.martinmelchior.be/2013/07/use-old-tire-to-repair-soles-of-your.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.martinmelchior.be/2013/07/use-old-tire-...</a></p><p>But I'm mostly using tire rubber to resole my shoes and not make sandals.</p><p>Cheers !</p>
This is cool. I'm going to go by <a href="http://www.symons-exceltire.com/tires.php" rel="nofollow">tires abbotsford</a> now to get some so that I can make some of these.
I found out how the mexicans do it, that is to say cut tire tread for sandals. They use a long handled pair of pliers and a box knife. The tire tread is cut at the place where the tread meets the tire body on the side wall. The pliers grip the cut away tread as it is skinned from the tire body, just like you do a cow. The steel plies are never touched. :)
Wow. robbtoberfest, you rock. Seriously. This is the coolest thing I've ever seen. I'm a big flip flop fan so if I ever come across a blown <a href="http://www.discounttirebc.com" rel="nofollow">tire</a>: yes, yes I will do this.
lol<br>cool idea!
Such a good idea!!!
one more thing i did different, was to protect me from the ouchiness of the metal in the tire, was wrap some duct tape round the edges.
Good idea with the tire, although personally the scrap carpet is...kinda gross XP. Could've been soiled or something
That's too funny. I never thought of the way I presented that statement. I meant scrap carpet from a new installation, not the obviously nasty stuff in the dumpster. You should read about the people who dig food out of dumpsters. LOL
haha hey dumpster diving is a way of life man, and the food is usually pretty clean and great after a wash. anyway the shoes rock, comfy as anything and with all the walking i do, they aint wearing out yet. thanks for the step by step buddy
Ah I see... FOOD!?!?!? *whimper*
It's really not as gross as it sounds.
Zoidberg much? :D
No. Too much food is wasted in the United States though. Food Not Bombs often serves food that was dived.
if you use off road motorcycle tires you get real good dirt traction, ;)
I tried using my angle grinder today and my garage was filled with smoke. Tough on the lungs. I pulled out my jig saw with a metal cutting blade and it worked like a charm with out all the smoke.<br />
Are they comfy for braided shopping bags an old tire and a bit o' carpet?<br />
Very Nice.
i see those tire pieces everywhere. does the tread part of the truck tire also have the steel reinforcement, or just the sidewalls?
Yes, definitely steel in there. The hardest part of this project is cutting through the steel with a grinder.
it can depend. Most of the tread from semi's you see on the road are a result of a bad re-tread. In the retread process, the cords are replaced, then the new tread fused over. The bad jobs cause the tread to not fuse properly. Then, when it completely delaminates from the rest of the tire... the tread rolls off, but the body and banding(that they used to replace the origional cording) stay with the rim, on the truck. If you see JUST the tread therefore, it might very well not have any cording and would be PERFECT to retread shoes, or make your own carpet flipflops. If you see a whole tire, or shredded tire, then it probably does have the cording.
thanks! nice instructable, BTW. i've seen variations on the tire shoe, but never something as simple as a flip-flop... and a carpeted flip-flop at that!
these shoes are used in the sierra of Chihuahua by the native Tarahumaras I'm From Chihuahua Mexico thanks dude for this Instructable.
Huaraches are a type of Mexican sandal<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huarache_(shoe)">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huarache_(shoe)</a><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://pic.srv5.wapedia.mobi/thumb/004714316/en/fixed/790/561/Huarache_Izq.PNG">http://pic.srv5.wapedia.mobi/thumb/004714316/en/fixed/790/561/Huarache_Izq.PNG</a><br/>
weave from paracord ...?
Awesome! Never knew about this. I read the whole article. thanks.
Check this:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarahumara">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarahumara</a><br/>
How about running a small layer of the Shoe Goo (got mine at Wal-Mart) around the edge to cover the steel edges that stick out?
thanks man real life save i wear flips every day and you just showed me how to make an off-road version of my favorite foot-ware. Thanks!
Do you know how I can get these made in bulk to sell at my shoe store?
asians...thats all im going to say...lol
next project you should attempt a pair of these bad boys:
this was in Steal This Book! btw great instructable i need to make these in the summer
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or you could make a hat out of it.
Where in the world do you get shoe glue??
The name brand is "Shoe Goo". That might help find it.
Try your local skate shop. It's mostly marketed to skaters.
Awesome project! How about Ados F2 contact adhesive? That stuff is usually pretty good...
In Vietnam - the VC wore these sandals as standard issue. They were actually a bit upscale compared to your version. Marnines called them "J.C. Waterwalkers". There are no new ideas. :)
Also called "Ho Chi Minh sandals." Just some trivia from back in the day.
Cool shoes, oddly enough this has been done commercially in a secret manner, I notice that Nu-Rocks boots have the pirelli P-zero tread pattern on the bottom... As a tip for cutting the tyres use a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting bit for a cleaner cut and less steel hanging out, we used on for lopping open our special bulletproofs and cuttin chunks...

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