Intro: Duct Tape Sandals
If you want to have some sandals for a warm day or a trip to the beach/pool and are as cheap as I am here is a quick and inexpensive solution.
Step 1: Materials
Gather these materials:
- 1 cardboard box (or any sturdy cardboard for that matter)
- A Cutting utensil- Exact-o knife, box cutter, or Scissors
- A writing utensil- Pencil, Pen, Marker
- One role of duct tape- If you really want to make your sandals flashy they do sell duct tape in assorted colors besides traditional metallic grey.
Step 2: Making the Sole
Begin by cutting the cardboard box into flat panels. Then place your bare foot onto a sheet of cardboard and trace a line around your foot about 1/4 to 1/2 inch out from your sole and round off the toes. After that, use a cutting utensil to cut out your initial outline and then trace three replicas on the remaining cardboard. Cut the remaining cardboard soles each sole will consist of two cardboard cutouts.
Step 3: Foot Straps
Now that you have the basis for the sole of your foot its time to make the strap. For each sandal tear off one strip of duct tape about 8 inches long and another strip about 6 inches long (the lengths may vary based on the width of your foot so a ruler shouldn't be necessary unless your picky). Lay the 8 inch strip adhesive side up and place the 6 inch strip over it so that only the ends have adhesive showing (Don't skip this especially for those with hairy feet or you will discover a new way to wax). Now, place your foot on one of the cardboard soles (only use one layer so that the strap fits in between the cardboard layers) and wrap the duct tape strap you just made over the top of your foot just before your toes tight enough so it wont slip while wearing and loose enough to easily slip on and off. The adhesive ends should be sticking to the bottoms of the sole. Repeat the step for the other foot.
Step 4: Wrapping It Up!
Now that the sandal is basically made all you need to do is place the extra cardboard sole on the bottom of each shoe so that the ends of the foot straps are in between the 2 layers of cardboard. This is for extra padding and support. Now, "wrapping" things up, (Ha ha...man I come up with some crummy jokes.) wrap each shoe completely with at least 3-4 full layers of tape. The more layers the more durable; just don't add too many or they could become to tight on your foot. Try to keep tape edges as seamless as possible this is to keep them more water-resistant and so that the shoes don't fall apart while wearing them.
Step 5: Show Off the Merchandise
Now that you have your new sandals wear them out and show your friends. Who knows maybe you'll start some new trends or at least create an interesting conversational piece. Enoy!