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Topic: Gladiator sandals from bicycle inner tubes  (Read 10362 times)
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« on: July 08, 2008 07:06:52 PM »

i like bicycle inner tubes, i really do. And i have been lusting after gladiator sandals for a while, but they cost more money than i am willing to spend on something that will likely soon go out of style. plus i had this old pair of sandals that i got in Ghana and which i loved so much i had destroyed them. so i took the sandal soles, cut up one bicycle inner tube, and using only staples and snaps i created these. the staples are holding up well when i walk in them, but i wouldn't count on them to last through a night on the dance floor. so these will be my tame going-out shoes. another problem is that because the rubber stretches (obviously) they are kind of funny to walk in. but they're about fashion, not function. i will look fabulous in them and just not go hiking or dancing in them.

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sandals before:

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so the sandals were a little slouchy around the ankles, and to fix the problem i added another strap, one which is more snug and has no snap on it. I found if one makes the straps too snug with snaps, the snaps can dig in and hurt.  i also moved the two side straps that run up the leg so they started below my heel rather than beside it. so here they are. i also want to add some more metal to them, just for decoration. maybe rivets or something?

a picture to show the staples that are holding the straps to the soles (yeah they look messy and way uncool, but no one can see them when i wear the shoes):

the snaps on the back (it is hard to take a picture of one's own feet):

the (hopefully) final product with new ankle strap:

Thanks to everyone who commented! I really appreciate the love! Cheesy

« Last Edit: July 10, 2008 01:53:45 PM by lizthecraftybitch » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008 07:11:22 PM »

That's awesome. I would have thought to even consider something like that. They look great.

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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008 07:18:46 PM »

that is some kind of recycling!

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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008 07:19:33 PM »

Wow, they look really great! Impressive!

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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008 07:27:34 PM »

Cool!  And to think, I keep throwing the bad tubes away!  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 totally have a costume I could make these for!  (but no tubes right now Sad  Just threw a tube out two days ago....)  But they would need to be able to withstand lots of walking and wear and tear.

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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008 07:31:06 PM »

Wow, those are awesome! I never would have been that innovative!


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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2008 07:41:45 PM »

so cool! Wink

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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2008 07:55:32 PM »

these are absolutely amazing! I completely agree on the money thing with the gladiator sandals, and this was super creative. awesome!

« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2008 09:53:51 PM »

wow these are quite good. who woulda thought you could make shoes out of an inner tube.

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