I have a few dozen old shoes that my kids have outgrown but are too worn out to donate. Any ideas for what to do with them?
Posted by selan 10 years ago
I dont have a sowing machine and ive already made the duct tape shoes an i want to make more so any help would be great
Posted by deathfloyd 9 years ago
I've been wearing the same pair of shoes every day since early July 2008, and after gluing the soles back on twice, they're finally starting to wear out. I want another pair just like them, but they went out of production a couple weeks before I got them on clearance. They're Skechers 60562 Ridge Meridians, pictured below. I'm having a devil of a time finding replacements. I want a natural rubber sole that isn't a mud collector, full-grain leather uppers (in as few pieces as possible), preferably low tops (I like ankle movement), fairly wide for my clown feet, and very flexible. Basically this creates a shoe that is comfortable and workable to walk in (I walk a lot) but still tough enough to hold up to sharp and/or flaming things being dropped on them in the shop or in the field. Suggestions for durable replacements? Perhaps Red Wings or Wolverines? How durable are Hush Puppies?
Posted by CameronSS 7 years ago
I am quite annoyed after finding out that they don't make heelys in my size, I am a UK size 13, so would need size 14 heelys, (us size 15 i think). so i figure it would be interesting to try to make my own... anyone ever done this? or feel like writing a tutorial on it? thanks in advance!
Posted by UltraMagnus 10 years ago
3D printers are pretty awesome tools for prototyping objects. Now some people are also using hem to make shoes. People who like going clubbing with yellow skinpaint, apparently. Goofy shot aside, it's an interesting use since you can customize the shoe for your foot perfectly, but the look of something that's 3D printed will likely get old quickly. Link
Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago
I got a message from a woman in the Netherlands named Vera that she had recreated my Ghost Shoes projects with a group of kids. This is so sweet! Seeing someone super far away redoing something I made is a great reward.It looks like they opted to make them with throwies instead of the full-on solar panels, but it's still great. Gotta love the pictures of kids with their shoes covered with plastic wrap and tape. Link
Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago
I needed to change the colour of a pair of synthetic upper boots for a costume party, and this what I did. Firstly, I used spray paint. Even though I had sanded the surface, the paint would not adhere. In desparation I then used cheap acyrlic paint. Did the job superbly. The only problem is that acyrlic paint dries flat (no shine) but luckily my DH had Gloss Medium in paint box.
Posted by jas59 5 years ago
Helo to everybody! i just some ideas for build one vertical carousel for shoes like that! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyBSJLl4P-g&feature;=player_embedded, , about materials, and some diagrams is someone do it can you tell me! thanks! sorry about my bad english
Posted by darkmail83 7 years ago
So, i saw a post on a blog i watch about these shoes with toes.. like toe socks but shoes for running or w/e outdoor sport you do. I looked them up and it looks like someone got some of that liquid rubber stuff from home Depot and coated a set of toe socks with it and called them shoes. Does anybody know if it would be easy to make something like these shoes for under $75?The link below is the official site for these shoes. I have yet to find any other company that makes anything like it. http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/
Posted by Exhumer 9 years ago
I want to pep up these shoes. So my idea was to paint them, so can anyone tell me how to paint it, what paint to use and suggest colors and designs. And will the paint stay after rough use (playing basketball) and wash? Any way to make it permanent? Thx in advance.
Posted by nk97 7 years ago
I am planning to make a motorized shoe (you strap your shoe to it) and the design and every thing is mostly worked out, but I don't know what motor to use, I was thing this: (http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=YM2712) Would two of these work, one for each wheel, then would I be able to connect it to the wheels axel, I will use scooter wheels or something similar, kind of like this: (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/petertreadway/spnkix-wearable-mobility) , but the shoe will be on top of it and there will be a non-powered wheel at the front, any help with the motor etc, would be great.
Posted by ModderMan 6 years ago
Hello everyone. I've recently gotten into the benefits of going barefoot without actually leaving the house shoeless. When I run, I wear stupid-looking vibram five fingers, and I've got a pair of Vivo Barefoots by Terra Plana that were too expensive. I'm sick of looking for new shoes that meet the specifications of being classified as "barefoot shoes" because they either way to expensive or just look stupid. The solution? Does anyone know anything about replacing the soles of shoes? I figured I could just take some shoes I've already got or get some new ones and replace the anatomically flawed soles with a sturdy but flexible sole about 3 or 4mm thick throughout. But I have absolutely no idea how this would be done.
Posted by Daax 8 years ago
I just found these Converse lying around my house and decided to try asking for help on how to lace them up. I've tried Google, but not much luck. So can anyone point me towards some tutorials, coz these are some pretty wacky kicks and as you see, the blue lace is VERY long, compared to the ordinary white laces next to it. Thanks.
Posted by nk97 7 years ago
Over the past month or so I have been building my own mountain bike, and the only things that are left to buy are a stem (which I will sort out at a later date) and clipless shoes.I am a size 7/8UK (with wide flipper feet...) and have a budget of around 40GBP.If anyone has any recommendations please let me know. EDIT: I took the plunge and spent over my budget (54GBP) but I was supporting a local bussiness and i got a nice chat.I went for a EU size 45 Shimano MO76 SPD. I have plenty of room to grow in them (width and length) yet, they fit me now because of the easily adjustable generic hook and loop fasteners.Apparently a EU45 is actually UK11! That is way bigger than my feet! Very strange.I had a little look around online and discovered that I got them 1GBP cheaper in my local shop! I am yet to thoroughly test these shoes, and when I do I shall report back...with vengance.
Posted by DELETED_zoltzerino 9 years ago
These are very nice pair of duct tape Converse. Made by covering normal Converse in duct tape, but I don't think that really counts, anyone out there wanna make a pair from only duct tape? No prize, unless someone wants to donate a patch for the first person to make a pair. Link at BoingBoing
Posted by nickodemus 8 years ago
I've seen tons of guides on how to make my shoes light up with the guts of an old pair of light up shoes, but I dont want to go out and find an old pair. Does anyone know what kind of sensor they use to turn on the lights and any pre existing circuits I can use?
Posted by rpeet687 7 years ago
Hey, I was walking past my little sister watching PBS Kids and on one of the shows this girl was trying to make her own shoes. Out of cardboard. Lightbulb. The only reason that they didn't work is because they got waterlogged. I am thinking that with good enough sealing and strong enough glue, useable shoes made from cardboard are a possibility!The only problem is that I don't have foamboard or time to spare or a working camera at the moment. If anyone could carry this idea further than me, have at it!
Posted by Thorondor95 2 months ago
Well I finally went clothes shopping, a rare occurrence for me. Mainly I was looking for new boots, my old ones have holes worn right through them in the soles, which are detaching from the rest of them slowly, the metal spines fell out long ago via the holes... My new boots are 14 eyelet NPS, they're great, though breaking them in is a little rough on it, along with that they're the most expensive boots I've ever had, Â£105! the last ones were around Â£30 and so were most of my previous ones, though I did once make a pair of Â£10 boots last two years, by stapling the soles back on with a high power staple gun eventually. The suit's a good thing too! we were in TK Maxx, a cheapish store full of loads of stuff, I've gotten some interesting shoes from their random buckets before, so they were first port of call while returning jeans I'd been given that wouldn't fit me... I came off with a two piece suit instead, despite owning many vintage jackets and a couple of pairs of trousers I've never owned a suit, or a new suit jacket for that matter, which is cool... Last one, on sale perfect fit on me, well the jacket's only a 38" chest so it makes it a tight fit but not uncomfortable since it has a little play in it. The boots are good and very solid but I'm having to get used to the big soles on them since most of mine have been smaller than that, they look taller than they are on the outside though so it's not too bad. I'm proud of myself for making a decision on things in a day, it's not likely me to buy clothes unless they're impractical or over the top, well the boots may be a little... Also I've decided to quit smoking, went to doctors office on friday having set that date and the fool told me to go on through the weekend and wait until monday, saying that can be my date... I wasn't amused, however I have one left and it shall be my last... Along with this I've got a few job interviews lined up, it's hard getting a chance at jobs in these times but it's a start... My quitting smoking is directly related to 'ibles - I want money to fund projects, and I want money to socialize etc. Next week I shall have a project that's been long awaited by many if I get the metal working done in tech... Speaking of tech all is well there too, course is brilliant and I've been doing loads of interesting stuff. It's seems a bit odd to be posting all this stuff but many an 'ibler has given me abuse about smoking, though it was far beyond their rights to criticize me personally or make irrelevant comments I do think it's about time I quit, 5 years wasting money. Anybody else any life changes?Notable lack of lovelife rubbish, it's too topsy turvy to get in to without a ten thousand word essay...
Posted by killerjackalope 9 years ago
My purple and black with white contrast-stitching custom Converse shoes showed up yesterday. Check them out as I try out my new treadmill desk (Instructable forthcoming...). Converse is an advertiser on Instructables, but I thought the custom shoes were cool enough (and actually the creative on their ads, too) that I bought a pair irrespective of any business relationship.
Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago
Essentially i want to make water cooled shoes from some of the spares i have from my old pc water-cooling set up. I want to run some thin copper tubing around the shoe which will connect to the some metal fittings that will then connect to my rubber tubing and then to the pump and the radiator. Now i know about the fittings that are available for the regular copper tubing that runs in houses but this tubing will be around 4mm and im not sure how to connect this tubing to my metal fittings which are about 3/8th of an inch i believe. I was thinking to just use some epoxy putty or something but im sure there are better ways to do this. so any ideas? im sure fittings are available but i dont know what they're called i couldn't get anything with a quick google search. Edit: i didn't realise response here would be so thoughtful and all. I dont want to be able to walk around in these i just want to sit in my room and be comfortable. The heat difference probably wouldn't be too large between my feet and the air for a huge transfer so i also had thought to add a small water bath with a second small radiator init. The copper tubing doesnt have to be directly under my feet i realise they'd probably be crushed otherwise. but the heat conduction through them must be so much better then the plastic tubing.
Posted by rajr110 4 years ago
I am trying to make a pair of shoes that light up when the wearer is either moving or when pressure is applied. I am using EL wire and a driver to power it. At first I was using a tilt switch taped on the outside as a prototype. The method worked great, except the spot on the shoe ended up being too stressful on the component and the lead snapped of the tilt switch. Any suggestions on how to make (or where to buy) a motion or pressure activated switch that is compact and cheap that would close the circuit when desired pressure or motion is applied that would open when the wearer is at rest? If it is a pressure or bending switch I will just place it on the inside of the shoe. Thanks.
Posted by skilks 8 years ago
Are you getting ready for spring and summer by sewing up some new fancy clothes? Do you make your own shoes? Have a pattern for a purse you'd love to share with us? We want to see what you're making! The Fashion Contest is back and Singer has provided some fabulous sewing machines and dress forms again this year. (Huge thanks to Singer!) Last year's contest was amazing - we can't wait to see what the community comes up this year! The contest will be open March 25 through May 6, so you've got lots of time to strut your stuff. :D P.S. - Make sure not to publish before the 25th! Click through above to see all the prizes and learn more.
Posted by jessyratfink 5 years ago
OK, i was wondering about how to conceal a knife, and i remember listening to Nocturnal podcast by Scott Sigler, and one of the gangsters had a knife in his shoe. i was wondering if i could hide a knife in my shoe like this:1. put the knife under that removable pad in the shoe.2. cut a hole in the back of the shoe that looks like this:|..................... | |_ _ _ _ _ _ _| |......................|dont mind the periods, they are just place markers.3. tie a string (fishing line) to one of the holes in the back of the handle, run the line through the above hole in the back of the shoe. 4. drill a hole in a quarter and tie the string to the quarter, then stick it in your pocket. when you need the knife, grab the quarter from your pocket, lift your leg with the shoe and knife, then pull it out. the way you cut it, the flaps will open and the knife will slide out, but will stay closed all other times. could someone please make an instructable on this, or tell me if it would work by testing it out?
Posted by A.C.E. 9 years ago
So i was listening to the news yesterday so orlando had this shoes for guns thing. so you give your gun for a pair of shoes or $50. so then this one guys gives a 4 foot surface to air missle launcher for a pair of shoes but of coarse it was no questions asked. well i was just wow!
Posted by Easy Button 11 years ago
I was think of injecting plastic sponge filled with water as the sole of a basketball shoe, hoping the water pressure could help to increase the leg power and increase the vertical leap. Meaning : using plastic sponge Or rather i think of another alternative,which is to use static electricity to store inside the shoe,which later will transfer from the shoe to the leg of human, and hopefully increase the vertical leap.
Posted by justcallmefreak 9 years ago
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Posted by randofo 7 years ago
Nowadays shoes are one of the most important things you can buy. Shoes tell about your personality, your stereotype (if you are stereotyped), and how much money you are willing to spend for a nice pair of sneaks. Just post what kind of shoes your wearing and if you want the price. I am currently wearing two pairs, not at once though. Vans Classic Slip Ons (Black and White Checkered), and Draven Samurai Tattoo. Pics below. Sardines454
Posted by sardines454 11 years ago
So, beginning of the third day of learning Parkour. However, years of "Hardcore Tag" seem like the same things, just higher landings, instead of more effectively rolling. Anyways, Can someone point me in the right direction for parkour? I think I know how to roll, however Im not sure. Tips on vaulting and speed vaulting? How about after I vault, I have a 6-10 ft drop. Do I roll? How do you roll from high up? Do you do a landing, then crouch to roll? How can you become to have a smooth roll? Tips on catleaps? Where is the best place to practice or try out parkour?-RoAr
Posted by PKTraceur 9 years ago
Since I'm entering a new school for the 2010-2011 school year, ( which means 3 schools will combine into one) I thought I might lose weight. Me, a bit tubby at 92.5 pounds, (As of August 17, 2010) So I decided to run. Everyday, I do half a mile running, and half a mile walking. I started 3 days ago, and I've already seen improvement. I was 93.5 lbs after 1 run. After a bit of cool down, I do sit ups. I've got my MP3 player going (The Rocky Theme-ULTIMATE MOTIVATOR) as I run. Any tips? I don't do sports, and I try not to eat after 8:00. I've got running shoes and a appropriate outfit. I'd like to see what everybody can say to me. -NYPA
Posted by NYPA 8 years ago
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Posted by noahw 9 years ago
Hi, i play this card game "Mtg" and my fun decks are huge! (100-900 cards). Ive been tring to make my own card shoe / dispenser (a bit like those Casino Poker holders) which can hold lots of cards, but also be flexible enough to accomodate lots of cards, or less as the deck gets played out etc. I tried with a bottle of wine Cardboard box container, but am not sure how to make it stronger, or what do do. I could just go out and buy a plastic casino one but thought it would be cool to try and make one :) all advise and help and comments etc welcome. thanks, Pabloman (btw when i get my digital camera back i'll post some decks so you can see what i mean.) :)
Posted by paulpcc 9 years ago
I have tons of pairs of Converse All-Stars lying around my house, and I've always wanted to convert a pair into roller skates. Does anyone have any experience with doing this, or know a good place to start? I found a website that was selling them, but they were something like seventy British pounds, which seems like quite a bit. Thanks!
Posted by falc0n2600 11 years ago
Anybody ever run barefoot (on pavement)? I did it in college (5 years ago) a lot on the grass playing soccer and rugby. I started running on pavement (with shoes) afterward and was killed by knee aches and achilles tendon problems. I connected the injuries to the pavement, not the shoes. Now I hear that maybe millions of years of evolution actually makes humans really good at running without shoes, so I decided to give it a go unshod. Went almost a mile today on a pavement track, and it was a bizarre experience. The motions and muscle movements were all completely different. But I liked it. My feet and legs are very strong so I didn't have any problems with weak feet. It was just different motions. Anybody else?
Posted by marcward86 7 years ago