Tire Shoes – A Crysis Must-Have

Believe it or not, shoes can be a luxury item in poor countries. But we humans are resourceful creatures, so we rarely let lack of money stand in our way. Case and point, these guys in poor African and South-American countries use old tires to make their own slippers. Sure they may not make to a fashion presentation in Milan, but I’m sure they’re a lot more durable than what we buy from the shop.













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  • sky dizzle Posted on June 1, 2009

    Actually this was a fashion style in Hawaii perpetuated by kids from lower income families during the 60’s.

  • john kempun Posted on June 2, 2009

    I have seen it mentioned in accounts of the great depression & dust bowl of the 1930’s…

  • jellybeans Posted on June 5, 2009

    Looks like something from Mad Max. Odd enough I’d buy a pair of these!

  • Jimmy Bob Posted on June 8, 2009

    i with you jelly i would buy a pair… just so say i have em!

  • wheelnut53 Posted on June 9, 2009

    can you imagine how much NIKE would charge for a pair of these. I agree the rustic look is my style

  • Victoria Posted on June 9, 2009

    This is definitely cool, but not so new. My parents grew up in Pasadena, Texas in the 60’s and 70’s, and there was a “ma and pa” type company that made shoes out of tires and inner tubes called Tiddies. They’re actually still around, the design hasn’t changed, and I own two pairs. Super comfy.

    It’s nice to see people taking the initiative in recycling these things.

  • Charlie Posted on June 10, 2009

    You are way behind in the times. We would see tire tracks in the middle of the jungle in Viet Nam, no roads within miles. Actually it was the VC and NVA sandals. They were a very resourceful enemy, and you had to respect that. That was back in the 60s & 70s.

  • W. A. Grasmeder Posted on June 22, 2009

    Though I have been freegan or local-buying for a good while, I would certainly pay these humans a handsome fee for this fare. This is the mindset the whole world needs to get into if we are to live sustainably. Reduce, reuse, THEN recycle. Where can I get a pair / learn to make my own from the nearest highway?

  • CAF Posted on June 22, 2009

    I saw these sold in the markets of small towns in Ghana when I was there this past December. From the background of some of these pictures, I would say this is in Africa someplace.

  • simon Posted on June 22, 2009

    I would buy some if I new it was helping somebody poor. They’re like the cheap version of crocs.

  • Marebear Posted on June 22, 2009

    I live in Pasadena, Texas. Small world. =]

  • JohnD Posted on June 22, 2009

    Spelling the English word tyre as tire is American, and therefore almost forgivable. But spelling crisis as crysis, that’s just plain weird.

  • dancing rabbit Posted on June 22, 2009

    And they probably last forever.

  • Neil Posted on June 22, 2009

    Going back to the whole “Nike charging a buttload thing”, that’s not a bad idea. Mark ’em up, sell ’em high, but take the proceeds and — with great fanfare and publicity — put the money back towards helping poverty in Africa. They’d sell decently well just so people could be seen doing something to help out, if for no other reason.

  • virtel2 Posted on June 22, 2009

    Very durable shoes. But truly not so new. This has been around for years already. I was still a teenager when this was the craze in our country.

  • T.M. Warren Posted on June 22, 2009

    I think it’s pretty clever to recycle tires instead of filling the landfills with it.

  • thegnu Posted on June 22, 2009

    hahaha, “taking the intiative in recycling things” Dude, these people are fucking poor. Excess is what creates all the landfills.

  • Greg Carrick Posted on June 22, 2009

    I owned and wore ‘treads’ in the 70’s. Tire soles with woven leather and suede uppers. Love to have a pair now.

  • david fitch Posted on June 22, 2009

    same shoes we had in Viet-Nam 69-70

  • Kevin D Posted on June 22, 2009

    I recently got a pair of sandals made by a company called Simple. They’re made from recycled tires – didn’t even realize it till I wore them for a few days and took them off and noticed the soles – http://www.simpleshoes.com

  • Ken Posted on June 23, 2009

    What I want to know is how many thousand miles are they good for?

  • Matt Posted on June 26, 2009

    Hey CAF, are you sure it wasnt all the niggers that gave it away? Might be a better hint than the background lmao

  • Jules Posted on June 27, 2009

    I’m actually wearing a pair as we speak – a friend brought them back for me from Uganda.

    Believe it or not, they are the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned.

  • Dan Posted on June 30, 2009

    I was clued in by the paragraph stating these images are from Africa and South America

  • spencey89 Posted on July 4, 2009

    Best idea I’ve seen in a while, It should be implemented not only in low income areas, but in areas capable of of recycling tires. most boots look like they were made from truck tires anyway.

  • Bart Posted on August 7, 2009

    actually Tiddies are not made from tires they are made from surgical rubber tubing and 2-3 types of foam rubber. they used proven grass root construction know in many parts of the world. but made them more comfortable with foam. there was a short time were they looked a tires but felt they were to heavy

  • Michelle Cook Posted on August 17, 2009

    I also had Treads! They are the only thing you NEVER see in any op shop or anywhere for that matter! Has anyone ever seen them since the 70s?? 🙂

  • Hip hop Posted on August 19, 2009

    the weather are hot,so need that shoes,but the people are poor

  • Personlig styling Posted on August 27, 2009

    Good Idea, I wish they have a “Good Year” lolz

  • Nolano Posted on April 5, 2010

    Do you mean they would be useful in a crisis, or did you mean they would be useful for the videogame?

  • SEIF MUSTAFA Posted on April 5, 2010

    In my country Sudan, tire shows were in use until recently before the country produced oil. They were called “you die and leave it behind” indicating their durability.

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  • Mume Posted on October 20, 2010

    I’d buy them just to help the poor… But they look comfortable.