7 / 2002

Venezuela - Sandal with vegetable fibre upper and car tire sole

Sandals constructed partly or entirely out of old car tires are found all over the world. Recycling in its optimal form. The sole is cut out of a flat part of a tire and split to the required thickness. Slits are made into the top layer in which the upper is fastened. On the above sandal the upper is woven of dyed vegetable fibres and cotton. In rural areas the uppers are made of straps of car tire rubber thus facilitating the wearer's crossing of rivers and wade places. Sometimes the uppers are decorated with colourful pom-poms. This type of footwear is one of the most economical: cheap and with a very high durability.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland