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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2008 10:05:30 PM »

 Do you think if they were attached with shoe nails they'd rip?  I've attached fabric and leather to soles that way, and they stay put, as long as the material is strong.  I wonder if the tube can be sewed (to attach a backing)?


i don't know what shoe nails are, but i have not had any problems with inner tubes ripping. the only time they did was on a bracelet, and the section that ripped was only about 2 millimeters wide and had to stretch over my fist. so it was stretched very taut, with very little material to support it, and it ripped. but i have put snaps on inner tubes, and those take a lot of pulling on (when un-snapping) and have never broken. and the inner tubes can be sewed very easily, i do it all the time. the best thing is to triple-up the thread.
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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2008 01:10:57 AM »

wow, bike tubes, who would've thought! i've seen bracelets made with them, but this is something else entirely!
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2008 10:47:17 AM »

wow that is RAD! i love the sandals...and to make them outta inner tubes? you're talented!
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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2008 06:52:01 PM »

Cool.
You could try gluing with something like GOOP or E6000. I know Birkenstock stores used to recommend/sell GOOP.
You could also probably get more used tubes at a bike shop.
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« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2008 07:18:06 PM »

I heard that sandals could be fashioned from tires and always wanted to try it.  These look fab!
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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2008 07:39:59 PM »

I heard that sandals could be fashioned from tires

aw man, i thought i invented it! oh well.
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« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2008 06:10:54 AM »

that is so cute, looks so light and really great for summer.
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« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2008 08:16:13 AM »

my buddy owns a bike shop here in town and i asked for his old inner tubes because i figured i might need them for something someday. they are so much fun to work with, i never thought i'd see them used as gladiator sandals, of all things! well done!
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« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2008 09:42:09 AM »

These are sooo fabulous!
I bet you could reinforce them with like rubber cement or gorilla glue to supplement the staples and snaps.
I, too, wear my favorite shoes until they literally fall off my feet. So that extra insurance is good.
Great job, I would have never thought of this.
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« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2008 12:30:34 PM »

It must be fairly strong to support pulling on the snaps.  I wonder how hard it would be to flatten and glue tire tread to the bottom of the soles...

Next time I'm at the bike shop, I'm asking about the old tubes!
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