Galoshes from inner tubes and ATV tire tread

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These are galoshes - of sorts.  I use them for wearing inside on the outside of my rain boots.  But you could just as easily use them for outside wear if water is less of a daily concern for you.  You see, I live in a rain forest.  We get around 10 feet of rain a year.  So wearing rubber boots is an almost daily occurrence.  And taking off your shoes at the door is necessary.  Everyone does it here. 

But if you're working outside and need to dash inside for a tool, a drink, to go to the bathroom... well, these are great to slip on when you walk in the door!  Or, if you just need to dash out on a rainy day to take out the trash or get something from the car these are the ticket too!
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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You'll need:
  • A non-steel belted tire from an ATV
  • A bicycle inner tube - probably about a 2 inch diameter one
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • A sewing awl with thick cord
  • Binder clips or something similar to hold materials in place

Step 2: Cut out the soles

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Using an aggressive tread like this for an "indoor" sole is definitely overkill.  It will take me lifetimes to wear them out.  But what's neat is that they dish just right to contain any water from the shoe you wear inside these.  Because of the shape of the wheel it will cause a bowl to form so you won't just be splattering your wetness through the house as you dash inside for the 9/16 inch socket.  (No matter how much you swear that bolt was only 1/2 inch.  Maybe it was metric.  Yeah - that's a good excuse.)

Use a utility knife to cut a pair of soles wide and long enough to put your biggest boots on top of.  If you can fit your foot perpendicular to the normal use of the tire it curves very nicely for the roll of a foot. 

Looks like i can get exactly six pairs of these out of this one tire!
adial12 years ago
This is What we all need here in Alberta:)
mista.v4 years ago
Actually, steel belted tires can be used for things like this, you just have to pull the steel wire out with needlenose pliers after cutting the sole bit.
Are you sure that'll work, pulling the steel wires out ?

Looks to me like these are embedded in the rubber of the tire and won't come out that easy.

Might depend on the length you'd want to pull, though...
danunity3 years ago
hey these are proper keep up the creativity
bajablue3 years ago
These are awesome!!!!!
these shoes are so called in Italy... Ciocie
zone on south of Lazio called Ciociaria
sunshiine3 years ago
I had to stop in and see this page again. This is my favorite of all the ones that I have seen great job!
jrcq4 years ago
Ulrich4534 years ago
The Vietnamese actually had this kind of sandal back in the Vietnam war
dcrrcdx24 years ago
Very smart! i could'nt even count how often i need to nip in and get something when i'm working outdoors! will get right on them!
wobbler4 years ago
brabantia4 years ago
Nice! And I like your kitchen too!
onrust4 years ago
And it was just the other day (even in Arizona) I wished I had a pair of Xtra-Tuff. Nice addition and hey, how about some foul weather click ins? lol
Burnsides4 years ago
Awesome Stewed Opossum!
catsnw4 years ago
I want to try this with some mud grips!
blkhawk4 years ago
A Vietnam veteran once told me that this is the way the Vietcong would built their sandals while the US spent $40.00 in every pair of boots for the soldiers.
zieak (author)  blkhawk4 years ago
I bought a pair of sandals in Indonesia that had motorcycle tire tread as the sole. It will take me a really long time to wear that sole down!
erfrusy4 years ago
That's why I love Instructables! Excellent and cheap ideas! Thanks for sharing.
zieak (author)  erfrusy4 years ago
sunshiine4 years ago
That is what I needed to make my purse! Love the ible!
zieak (author)  sunshiine4 years ago
Thank you!
This is so cool. I want to make them but I can't get these tyres or tubes anywhere ! I'll have to keep looking!
zieak (author)  scraptopower4 years ago
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sharlston zieak4 years ago
Great instructable,but why did you put that comment selling a awl when he was commenting on tyres and tubes?
zieak (author)  sharlston4 years ago
That's a neat glitch. I posted three different comments and apparently they were all changed to that one!
It happens when they change something in the matrix :)

Thanks, I'll keep looking.

zieak (author)  scraptopower4 years ago
If you're not ever able to find some of the tread I can probably get some to you.
mikeasaurus4 years ago
Great 2-piece design, simplicity at it's best.
I like how high up you are on those beefy treads.
zieak (author)  mikeasaurus4 years ago
Thank you. They sure are a huge tread!
bodie4 years ago
Awesome reuse. Love it! Where can I find an awl like that? It looks like a giant sewing machine needle. I have wished for something like that a time or two but didn't really know they existed.
zieak (author)  bodie4 years ago
Thank you!  Your local craft store can order one for you or you can do a search for "sewing awl" at some online retailers. Here's a link to one being sold by Tandy Leather.
omnibot4 years ago
That's some funky shoes.