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How To Make Sandals Out Of an Old Tire

If you have an old tire, you can have a new pair of sandals in no time.


  • Step 1: Measure and cut a piece of elastic band that, when it's looped, is long enough to fit securely around your ankle. Snake it through the hole in the back tab. Loop the band and sew the ends to each other. The band now forms the loop you'll put your foot through when you put on the sandal.
  • Step 2: Measure and cut a length of elastic band long enough to reach from one side tab to the other. Snake one end through the hole on the outside of one of the side tabs. Fold that end back on the band, and sew the band together. Now take the loose end, bring it across to the remaining tab, pull it through the hole, and sew that side shut.
  • Step 3: Slip your foot through the ankle loop and under the strap and you're good to go – almost. You still need to make a sandal for the other foot!
  • FACT: The Romans were the first to develop shaped shoes that fit the left or right foot. They were also the first to make different shoes for men and women.
  • TIP: Make the holes with a sharp chisel if you have one; it's easier than using a blade.
  • Step 4: Flip the tire piece over. Slice a slit in each tab that is thick enough and wide enough to snake your elastic band through. Make the slit on the back tab horizontal and the slices on the side tabs parallel to the shoe.
  • Step 5: Put your foot or one of your sandals in the center of a piece of paper and trace the outline with a pencil.
  • Step 6: Draw two-inch square tabs – one on the back of the sandal and two at the sides, above the arch and near the bottom of the toes. Then cut out the outline; this is your template.
  • Step 7: Using a utility knife, cut out a portion of tire long enough for your sandal.
  • Step 8: Trace your template onto the tread of the tire with a piece of chalk, and then cut it out.
  • Step 9: Make sure your tire has no steel cables. Look on the tire wall to see whether steel is embedded in the rubber of the tire. If it is, find another tire.

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