The Simple Mans Wandering Sandals From Plastic Bottles




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Trying to tread lightly on this planet? This Instructable will teach you how to fashion some basic wanderers sandals from discarded soda bottles.

This is a entry to the "Keep the bottle" contest. Please take the time to vote if you think the idea, is worth me getting a prize for it. I would really enjoy the prize, so please vote.

Feel free to check out some of my other bottle projects.

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Step 1: What You Will Need

~ 2 X Soda bottles.

~ Scissors.

~ Some cord.

~ Duct tape.

~ Your choice of lining. I have used Astro turf.

Step 2: Cutting and Creating Cord Holes

Take your bottle and cut the base off. Make the cut about 1 inch above the bottom.

Now squash the bottle flat.

Mark three points for cord mounting. Position holes as pictured.
Cut small holes to feed the cord through. At the neck you will need two small holes to feed the cord through.

Step 3: Inserting Cord

Take your cord and tie a knot in one end. Start at one side and feed the cord through the points. Make sure it is secure, as you do not want it to come undone during your travels.

Step 4: Cutting and Positioning the Lining

Take your lining and using a shoe or thong as a template, cut out a rough shape.

Cut a slit to accomodate the cord.

Apply your duct tape to hold the lining in position.

Step 5: Your Journey Begins

Your finished now, it is time to venture. Try your snazzy new thongs out and about.

If ever you have an issue another bottle is not far away.
You shall get many a good road travelled in these.

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    31 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 5

    How do you make one for feet that doesn't have the big toes. Both of mine had to be removed.
    thank you

    1 reply

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    You can move the point of splice to any of your supportive toes. Such as the point between middle and forth one.

    Though that'll be quite uncomfortable...but it really works.

    Or, add an extra strap that goes behind your ankles.


    6 years ago on Step 5

    Not sure what kind of traction those would have. Might work better with a bottle that had more ridges, etc., tho' that would probably be less comfortable.


    6 years ago on Step 4

    If you lined everything up and punched a hole in the astroturf as well as the bottle, The turf would line up and stay better, I'd think.

    I am making these for my next trashion fashion show design. I hope they work and don't fall off my feet while walking down the runway!

    You have inspired me greatly today!  Thanks!

    4 replies

     Thanks for your comment. The thought of you walking down a runway wearing them, makes me : ) .

    Good luck!

    I really wanted to, but my foot is too long for a bottle!  I am a men's size 8 shoe, or a woman's size 10. My heel would fall off the back.  Dang!   I would have to do something creatibve to lengthen the bottoms.

    Ha ha....they do not look very easy to walk it...I imagine "sliding" more then "walking" ....:-)

    As brilliant as the idea pains my heart to think these might be the only shoes a person might own.    Its been a reality check for in the USA. 


    9 years ago on Introduction

     step *crinkle* step *crinkle* lol

    good instructable though!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Awesomeful! These make me wish I could wear flipflops without getting blisters...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Back in south africa you can go to almost any street vendor and get shoes or sandals made from car tyre rubber that was either picked up of the road or *liberated* from a random car.


    10 years ago on Step 5

    Nice... I would keep the bottle cap on, though - for better aerodynamics, style, and protetion from dust accumulation through the open hole :)

    3 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 5

    Lol, I'm gonna guess the deluxe model is made out of bottles from that Swedish water too. :) I was thinking it might be a bit more reliable to actually string the straps threw the AstroTurf as well, so it holds it in place better. Just a thought though. Good job simplifying things. Back to the basics is the way to go.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 5

    LoL yes the Swedish ones. Most definatley about the strapping. I would create a hole and feed it through the lining. Just did it this way out of ease. It also allows you to change it as often as you like.