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Okay, so we all know how hard it is to find vegan shoes in stores...not to mention comfy ones. I've been entertaining the idea of making my own shoes. Preferably out of biodegradable materials. Has anyone ever tried this before?
 

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No. So far, I've just repaired my shoes as much as possible before replacing them, which for the past 15 years have been half-assed "vegan". Canvas converse high tops and then various chinese made "man-made materials" shoes from Payless and Walmart.<br><br>
But, if anyone tries what you suggest, I wish them the best of luck.<br><br>
I remember about 30 years ago, my Sisters boyfriend had sandals that appeared to have bottoms made from car tire or something like that. Maybe tires were made differently then. I can't imagine trying to make a shoe sole out of steel belted tires.
 

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that tire thing could work. Cut into the right shape? I think you may be onto something. What would you use for the upper part?
 

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Hemp fabric would probably work. I have a hemp paper folder that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Whatever is holding everything together (thread or glue) will probably be what gives out first.
 

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do you have sketches of what it would look like? Just curious.
 

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I'm still trying to plan it out -- haven't sketched anything yet. Hemp is one of my favorite materials, so my first attempt will probably include that. I'll post an update when applicable <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The bottoms of my shoes are from recycled car tires and my boyfriend tells me there are people in Mexico that sell sandals made out of car tires too. As for DIY shoes, I believe I've seen some shoe patterns being sold on Etsy, do a search for 'women/men shoe pattern'. For example, I think the shoes in the 3rd picture of this shop page are cute: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/5ssruzc" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/5ssruzc</a><br><br>
There could be free patterns available online somewhere too, haven't checked.
 

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Ooh, rope sandals would be fun to make, and recycling car tires is an awesome idea -- I wonder where one could find them. Major hardware stores, maybe? And yeah, those shoes on Etsy are really cute! Thanks for the great ideas, guys <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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you could use like cardboard or something for the bottom. and then put fabric of some sort on the cardboard to make it comfier for your feet. then put more fabric on top for the top. or you could take some shoes that are falling apart and try to fix them up that way just a thought <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:">
 

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These: <a href="http://invisibleshoe.com/" target="_blank">http://invisibleshoe.com/</a> rock my socks off. Well, if I wore socks...
 
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