Picture of Tire Sandals

I have a couple other Instructables published, but I am really excited about getting this little one out there as it has information I haven’t seen elsewhere.  It is a brief instruction on my version of making tire sandals or survival soles for moccasins, but the important part is how I cut the tire.

Before we get to the cutting, let’s talk about making tire sandals or my take on it anyway.  There is a TON of info on making these so I won’t belabor the point here, but just give you a few pointers based on my experience.  I have wanted to make some tire sandals for some time, just to see if it was possible to do in a survival type situation.  I finally have the time now and decided to give it a go.  These sandals are not too comfortable to wear barefoot, but they work great with mocs or heavy socks.  Together with good moccasins, they make good outdoor footwear.  The tough soles making hiking easy on your feet and when you get to camp you can take off your mocs to dry them and your feet out and wear your sandals while you set up.  You can also wear mocs alone to be really comfortable while poking at the fire or sleeping.

You can effectively cut tires of steel of non-steel variety, with a simple saber, or reciprocal saw, equipped with a metal cutting blade. The fine teeth help reduce the destruction of the tire and fringy effect.

Good Instructable.
zippetydooda (author)  supererogator2 years ago
Ok, thanks!
Reminds me of Nam. Vietcong sandals.
Yep, Uncle Ho's combat boots.
Nice job! Thank you so much for the share!

zippetydooda (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago
Thank you, Audrey!
eyesee2 years ago
zippetydooda (author)  eyesee2 years ago
Thank you, Eyesee!
Mihsin2 years ago
Very good idea to make use of unusable tires. Do you consider motorcycle tires? How about bycile tires for beachwear?
zippetydooda (author)  Mihsin2 years ago
Thank you. I think motorcycle tires will work as long as they do not have steel belting. Bicycle tires, too, if they are wide enough for your foot.