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Foam Board/Cardboard Shoes Answered

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!

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Royell

7 months ago

Easy option: Use a rolling pin to smash the cardboard flat, print out a shoe pattern and glue it to the card board, sew/glue all the pieces together, and cover the whole thing in wax, boiled linseed oil (this would be my pick, cause you could just dunk the shoes in), or waterproof paint.
For the sole (if you want them to look like real shoes) , I'd probably make cardboard plywood (there's an instructable for that), but compress only the bottom layers leaving the instep intact, so that it can conform to your foot. You could even make tread pattern on the bottom of the cardboard plywood.
Just my 2 cents.

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RoyellThorondor95

Reply 7 months ago

I can't guarantee it'll actually happen, but if I write up an instructable about this would you like to be credited with the idea in said instructable? Also if you'd like to make it instead I'll hold off, it could be a while before I have the time to try this out. :p

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Thorondor95Royell

Reply 7 months ago

Sure! I'd love to see that. I was actually a little reluctant to go all-out with making these because I figured I wouldn't have any use for them. Go right ahead!

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DIYJRAY

8 months ago

What type of cardboard was it? While a fun craft, I don't think it would be durable or comfortable enough for an adult to get much use out of regular cardboard. Maybe a heavy corrugate would work if you were determined!

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Thorondor95DIYJRAY

Reply 8 months ago

Not sure what kind, it was a TV show. Maybe thick cardboard would be useful for really small kids.

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rickharris

9 months ago

Easier to make flip flops from old car tyres

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Thorondor95rickharris

Reply 9 months ago

Yeah, but wouldn't you love to be able to say you made functional cardboard shoes?

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rickharrisThorondor95

Reply 9 months ago

Cardboard can be waterproofed using one of the spray on type products most DIY stores sell. HOWEVER it would be very hard to make it durable without adding surface coatings.

At this point you may as well use something that is durable and available anyway - Old car tyres for example.

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Thorondor95rickharris

Reply 9 months ago

I see your point, but I think your missing mine (Don't read this with an agitated tone, you will get the ENTIRELY wrong idea!). I don't want cardboard shoes because they have any advantages. I want to make them because I can (or can't, as we shall soon see)! I will look into that spray though.

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rickharrisThorondor95

Reply 9 months ago

:-) That's Ok I once had a thing about making cardboard furniture, in fact through there may even be a market for it until I discovered that it was already produced for use in prisons.

It is a highly versatile material and often discarded. It should be durable afterall it was a tree once!

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Goos luck.