Introduction: Snow Shovel Shoes

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I had to come up with an invention for a program I was going to. So because of all the snow and all the shoveling, I decided to make shoes that will shovel as you walk. All you will need to make your very own snow shovel shoes are an old pair of shoes, 6 inches of pvc pipe that is 3 inches in diameter, hot glue or any other strong glue, a bit of sandpaper, a dremel or rotary tool, a drill, and a hack saw. Let's get started!

Step 1: Measuring and Cutting the PVC Pipe

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Measure 6 inches end to end of PVC pipe and cut with a hack saw. Next, draw a straight line down the pipe. I actually drew my line across the lettering on my pipe so I know that it is straight. If you have a band saw then you could cut your pipe in half with that. But if you a bandsaw isn't available, then just cut down as far as you could go and cut down to the middle from the other side. In my case, I could only cut 3 inches down the pipe, so I made my pipe six inches so that I could cut down 3 inches on the other side so I could meet in the middle. If your hack saw could cut down 4 inches, then make your pipe 8 inches. Its really up to you to decide how long your pipe will be. Now, sand the pipe. I only sanded because the PVC pipe I had was a little rough. I used 80 grit and then finished with 150 grit.

Step 2: Fitting the PVC Pipe

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To fit the PVC piping around the toe of your shoe, trace an oval-like shape onto the centers of the halves of the PVC pipe. Use a drill bit to drill this oval shape out. I drilled twice in each oval and I cleaned out the middle part with dremel. Repeat this step with your other PVC pipe half.

Step 3: Gluing Everything Together

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Heat up your hot glue gun for this step. Fit the toe of your shoe into the oval you cut out of your PVC pipe. Try to push the PVC pipe as far down onto the toe of your shoe as possible so that its a tight fit. Hot glue this in place. I also Hot glued the toe of the shoe completely on the front so it is somewhat waterproof. Also glue the backside to make sure that the PVC pipe doesn't break off. Glue your other pipe to your other shoe. Let them dry completely before putting them on otherwise they might fall apart if the glue isn't cool to the touch. Please vote for me in the "Snow Contest" if voting is still open. If not, then please rate, follow, and leave comments.


PennyF9 (author)2016-01-17

As for walking in the snow, I find walking on top of the snow to be less slippery. For what chore were you planning on using these?

PennyF9 (author)2016-01-17

Maybe if the plows were angled to the right and left away from the wearer, it wouldn't build up as fast and require kicking the snow to the side.

holtreyt1 (author)2015-01-27

why not make snowblower boots?

HPandLOTR (author)holtreyt12015-07-16

because I run a tight ship and don't just have time to throw away.......NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR THE SCHEDULE!

Chasmols (author)2014-02-03

Edward de Bono (who coined the phrase lateral thinking) created a technique for creativity which he called Po. Po involves among other things suspending judgement of an idea as right or wrong, good or bad, and encourages the use of an idea as a stepping stone to another idea which may be a stepping stone eventually to a truly useful and original idea. Whimsy and humor are involved, too, and I think these show-plow-shoes are a wonderful opportunity for Po. Well done.

bettina-sisr (author)Chasmols2015-01-05

I bet the first person who suggested putting some sort of shovel on the front of a car to move snow was ridiculed as well! And now....uh huh, People who do not invent, will never understand that there is NO bad suggestions!

Ricardo Furioso (author)Chasmols2014-12-26

Chasmois, I'm backing you 100 percent. This is gutsy and thoughtful and fun and who cares if they don't work. Looks like AJC and you are teaming up to help and encourage inventors invent. Loud applause from me.
And thank you for sharing, HPandLOTR.

ajc3579 (author)Chasmols2014-12-26

Amen Chasmois! You hit the nail on the head. Half the products we buy are reinventions or improvements to existing ones. A patent to improve an existing invention costs about 600.00 more than a patent for a new idea. Someone needs to lay the groundwork. I guess the corded telephone was a bad invention to people who only have ever known wireless, like why would someone ever use a cord!, LOL. Who knows if a shoe will ever be made where you wont need to put thought or effort into shoveling snow. Just the idea is a start. They gotta start somewhere despite how crazy it may sound. Who's to say an electrical charge cant be created as you walk in turn somehow melting the snow or using electrolysis to maybe melt the snow. Yea a far fetched idea but an idea just the same that may get someone else's wheels turning to make what someone else thought of become a reality. What was that famous line, Two heads are better than one. Its not a bad Idea. I'm sure someday someone will perfect it. Maybe when cars are able to run on water or some crazy technology like that. After something like that is invented a lot of other ideas that may seem crazy could become reality. If someone told me 20 years ago that I could print actual objects I prob would have thought they were crazy. Now its a reality that opens many many more doors to do other things. It even aids in the invention process if not completes it.

Erchan (author)2014-12-29

look like amazing... you can add new photos while you are walking on the snow too.

veeguy (author)2014-02-02

Great project! I am going to make a pair of these for an earth moving project I am doing. Since dirt is more difficult to move than snow, I will need to use a pair of engineer's boots and steel pipe for strength.

thundrepance (author)veeguy2014-12-28

v'guy: get a show! i'll come to your comedy act! :^D

FirstSpear (author)2014-12-26

Mario59, and others. You're missing the point. You don't make them for YOURSELF, you make them for the wife and kids, and in-laws, etc., and shout at them. Physics can be defeated by quantity.

thundrepance (author)FirstSpear2014-12-28

firstspear, my son is sleeping .... you just made me guffaw! :D

gmartin2000 (author)2014-12-27

Do the deluxe versions come with Salt shakers on the back for distributing sand or deicing chemicals?

Seriously, this is one of the best ideas ever for events like you talk about. Great job!

thundrepance (author)gmartin20002014-12-27

i'm totally on-board with gm'2000 .... great job, & love the salt shaker addition!!

Ah, give the kid a break Mario. The Wright Brothers didn't invent the Concorde, did they?

Of course not. I think we all know the Concorde was invented by Leonardo DaVinci (or was it Leonardo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? I always mix those two up.).

thundrepance (author)veeguy2014-12-27


Yeah but the Wright brothers didn't pitch your kid, face first, into some yummy blood covered snow either.

No better way for a kid to learn, wolve. Besides, I'm sure the Wright brothers took many pitched nose dives!

Teemus43 (author)2014-12-27

I think this is a great gag idea. Before I retired 11 years ago, everyone at work said that I was the president of the "First Flake Club" because when we went to work and snow was scheduled to fall, as soon as I saw the first flake, I and my wife (who worked for the same federal agency) put in our leave slips and left work on annual leave rather than battle the snow and the assorted idiots who did not know how to drive in the snow. If I had seen these 11 years ago, I would have made a pair and hung them in my office at work. In fact, I will probably make a pair and give them as a gift to my former co-workers who are still on the job and have not yet retired.

I made something similar about 20 years ago when one of our senior managers made a big deal about having carpeting put into our offices rather than putting the money to use for merit pay awards. I took two large squares of carpeting and cut some slots in the bottom of them to accommodate some nylon straps we used to bundle computer printouts. The straps could then be wrapped around one's shoes like the straps on sandals and worn around the office to "improve one's morale". You can imagine the hoots and laughter I got from my co-workers then when I wore these things around the office. Everyone wanted a pair.

gmartin2000 (author)2014-12-27

Mario: This is a "gag". It's not meant to be used. It's meant to be humorous (funny). But valid engineering analysis none the less ;)

DoItOrDie (author)2014-12-26

Now we need to combine this with motorized roller skates and we're good to go. Though the roller skated would need treads on them unstead of the usual wheels. Come to think of it, treaded roller skates would make in interesting project in itself.

HavocRC (author)2014-12-26

Dude it's just a funny project for kicks. Don't have to tear it down. And BTW, step2, Snickers never made good shoes. . . :D

wolvmarine (author)2014-02-03

.........."I'm not a snow expert"'s a list of reasons of why I'm not::

hammer9876 (author)wolvmarine2014-12-26

Here's a list of why I am not a snow expert: I don't live where snow sticks around for more than a couple of hours. My idea to remove snow is to break out the water hose. Don't laugh. It works if it is above freezing which it is around here.

As for this Instructable, all I can think of is the user tripping all over themselves. Good luck, though.

rimar2000 (author)2014-12-26

Clever idea.

CrasheDNBurnT (author)2014-02-03

Since the snow is cold the hot glue becomes 10x harder than high tensile steel, Also found if you file the edges it will cut through ice snow and on occasion time space.

SO BE CAREFUL!! Excellent indestructible!!

Gonna start buying various shoes at goodwill make these and donate them to kids in Haiti!!

ajc3579 (author)CrasheDNBurnT2014-12-26

Hot glue may seem like a good choice but as soon as a bit more pressure is applied unevenly to one side it will quickly become detached. A better Idea would to use hardware and fasten the pipe and shoe together by using 2 nuts and bolts on each shoe, preferably stainless steel. Drill 2 holes the same diameter of the bolt into the tip of each shoe and into the pipe half. You will also need some flat washers on the inside of the shoe as well as some lock washers on the front side of the pipe, thread lock or even nylock nuts would be sufficient. I would use a washer the size of a quarter or even some flat stock that can be drilled and bent to the shape of the inside of the shoe and the curve of the pipe. After all is completed I would pad the tip of the shoe so your toes dont push up against the head of the bolt. No more worrying about them coming apart and your novelty may actually work in smaller depths. Let us know if you do the mods and if they work for you. Thanks for sharing!

HPandLOTR (author)CrasheDNBurnT2014-02-03

thanks :) um...please vote :)

HPandLOTR (author)2014-02-02

They are just for novelty. Thank you dearly for the positive comment. There isn't any video of me using them. By the way, I suggest using spell check next time :)

ajc3579 (author)HPandLOTR2014-12-26

Schooled by the young buck! You tell him HP!

Wingloader (author)2014-12-26

Completely impractical which makes it completely AWESOME! :-)

claramecium (author)2014-04-03

Dude, nice design,but my brother, LegoFreak86, came up with this about a year before you did. Sorry, but his actually worked quite a bit better than yours. =(

FirstSpear (author)2014-03-20

I've not deleted the email that contains this. I view it every now and then cos it makes me smile. Reminds me of why I enjoy Instructables so much, and why I signed up for the newsletter. Wonderful.

HPandLOTR (author)2014-02-26

Thank you soooooo much to all of you that voted for me in the "snow contest"! I just found out today that I got first place (not the grand prize) so I won a robot shirt and Interlachen wool mittens! Thanks, HPandLOTR

chokapi (author)2014-02-16

Cute. But shouldn't they be called, 'Shnoe Shovels?'

Here in NYC, the only way they'd work is if Shaq were wearing them. You could probably strap a couple of full-sized snow plows to his kicks.

tqwerty (author)2014-02-07

Some eight year old on Ellen came up with this like 4 years ago, but I think your design is better.

Nice job though.

Here's a link.

Uffe (author)2014-02-05

I wish i had those today when i was walking 20 minutes in 30 centimeters of snow. Or better yet someone else walking in front of me wearing them. You got my vote

HPandLOTR (author)Uffe2014-02-06

thanks a ton :)

64Anthonyp (author)2014-02-04

Love it! Sitting here outside on a warm night in Australia. I know I'll never need these, but I want a pair, anyway! Well done!

HPandLOTR (author)64Anthonyp2014-02-04

Thanks a lot :) Please vote :)

artducko (author)2014-02-04

i love this! good choice, chuck taylor high tops. this reminds me of some high heel swim fins i saw:

superstar75 (author)2014-02-03

very creative, outta the box thinking =) kuddos!

SweetSecrets (author)2014-02-03

All the party poopers in the comments are sad because they don't have any PEANUT BUTTER with that JELLY!

wolvmarine (author)2014-02-03

AKA, "Send you to the floor in a hilarious manner shoes" patent pending !!!

umashi (author)2014-02-03

Instead of using a saw to cut through pvc you could've just used a lighter and scissors,it's much quicker.

rbraverman1 (author)2014-02-02

Clever but I'd think using boot instead of sneakers would be more effective

veeguy (author)rbraverman12014-02-02

Think about it- If you used boots, the snow would hear you coming.

massimostep (author)2014-02-02

can not work!!

the tip of the shoe to touch the ground while so can not do it!
the tube comes off soon.

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