How to Make Cool Shoes Out of Broken Fins




Hi all,
This is my first Instructable and I hope you like it.
Last summer my dad bought me a pair of fins and I used them so much that they're broken. He wanted to discard them but I had a better destination for them.
Cool new shoes!!


Step 1: Pictures of How Badly I Abused Them.

They're not only broken because I swam so much but also because I like to walk with them around the pool.

Step 2: Toes

I had to check whether my toes don't come through.

Step 3: Cutting

Cutting was to hard for me so my dad helped me out.

Step 4: Ready, Cool.

Ready to use my new cool shoes.

Step 5: Me

Me happy.

Ciao amigos.



    • Gardening Contest

      Gardening Contest
    • Classroom Science Contest

      Classroom Science Contest
    • Woodworking Contest

      Woodworking Contest

    31 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great picture! Diving fins wouldn't be my first choice of footwear - too much rubber, not enough breathability. Punching some air holes with a hole punch might makke a big difference though...

    11 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Oh Yeah sure. But I'm so happy my daughter redirected me by showing what you can do with things you would just throw away. + The fact she could show people her creation makes her feel good. That's what I love about kids they are uncomplexed in their creations, and that's what a lot of us miss (especially in Portugal!!). We think to much in a dogmatic way, which does not encourage creativity. Sorry for my English, it's not my native language. Michel Portugal


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Congrats on having such a creative daughter. Did she take some of the pictures as well, considering both your hands are in many of them? PS: your English is excellent - far better than I've seen from some of the supposed native English speakers. Other than punctuation, I only noticed one error (step 3, "to hard" should be "too hard")!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I was considering using "too" instead of "to" but don't know the difference between them. I'd rather approach a language with feeling and felt "too" was more appropriate but at the end I choose "to".


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You can use "too" to show and excessiveness in something or to include something as in "I want to go too" "Two" of course is the number 2 And "to" is for everything else.


    These are so bad for your knees and back. Sandals and shoes have a minimum of 3 layers of foam padding inside, which give proper cushion and support to your feet, in turn helping your posture. Swim fins are not made for walking, and do not have the necessary padding. Wearing them for walking is guaranteed to do damage in time: I strongly recommend against using them as sandals.

    3 replies

    Sure they're not comfortable for long strolls but this instructable is more to show people that you don't have to throw things away immediately. Take your time, ask your kids for a second opinion and you might be surprised how they look at things. My daughter knew I am crazy about and I wanted to show why I was hooked by helping making her 1st insable. Thanks all for your comments.

    Glad you're making things. Father-Daughter projects are awesome. Wish my dad would have done projects with me. No harm intended.