TAG: Shoes

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Children are notorious for growing out of their clothes in record speed. And their clothing is notorious for being fairly pricey for items that will not be worn very long. Still quality hand-me-downs are always great to receive, but upcycling other items into new digs is another way to make clothes last longer. Adults or older siblings who have outgrown their clothes are the perfect go-to for fabric. Check out this DIY idea to turn old shirts or other clothes into a dress. The tutorial has great pictures and patterns, and any larger sized shirt could work. This pattern turns and… read more

DIY Fashions And Fun Made With Extra Fabric

DIY Fashions From Extra Fabric

There are tons of ideas for using up fabric remnants. If you have been saving up extra fabric, break it out and put it to use by making something practical, fashionable or educational. This floral bag tutorial incorporates a spring inspired print that could be changed out with the seasons, or for any other reason, with a découpage technique. This application could be used for backpacks and other bags, and even applied to luggage to make it stand out at pick-up. To color or put a print or pattern onto plain fabric, try a traditional shibori method for dying. Cotton blends work best for this, and… read more

The Klem Shoe Project – A Smart Design

The Klem Shoe Project – A Smart Design

Lee Jinyoung from i-Clue Design has developed a smart do it yourself system that lets users create their own shoes. Called the Klem project, it was formed to address the widespread need in Malawi, Africa for individuals who need the most basic of items – shoes. The designer was driven by an awareness of communities that live on a daily basis without these necessities. Reportedly, in many parts of Malawi aid can be responsible for as much as 40% of a family’s overall living expenses, so the extreme poverty level does not allow many to afford shoes. Going shoeless everyday can… read more

Fall Boots Don’t Have To Break The Bank

Fall Boots Don’t Have To Break The Bank

When the weather starts to turn, the wardrobe pieces tend to change out. Chilly, rainy days call for fall boots. Available in many ecofriendly options they can also come with top prices, especially if you are purchasing them right before the season starts. The following do it yourself versions are near comparable to the upscale ones, only these won’t leave you penniless. Sweater boots are a comfortable go to, but this relaxed look can set you back budget wise. This style from Woolby & Co. is made from recycled materials like sweaters and jackets. However, making your own sweater boots… read more

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Ever bought a plastic or cheaply made shoe rack, only to have it fall apart not long after? You don’t have to be an expert in construction to make your own design for holding shoes. Below are 4 easy and durable projects that will neatly contain shoes that are so super easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t already think of it. Got a wooden pallet? Then you have an instant shoe rack. Painted, decorated or left natural, pallets can hold tons of shoes. They can be mounted to a wall or stacked and used for nearly any kind of shoe holding… read more

Never Tire Of Your Treads

Bolivian Abarcas

Some people wear their shoes to the max. Having teenagers I witness this atrocity about every six months. Now imagine all those tires that sit in landfill and how they could be used for shoes. Tires are built to last for some 50,000 miles and wouldn’t that be great for the soles of your shoes. One would have to wonder how long it would take a teenage boy to wear out a pair of sandals fitted with tire soles and straps. The Abarcas are made by entrepreneurial indigenous Aymara women in El Alto, which is the twin city of La… read more

100% Recyclable Sneakers

REKIXX and Reduce

Shark Tank is a television show that matches a panel of five potential investors who listen to pitches from budding American entrepreneurs. Gary Gagnon was one such entrepreneur who appeared last year and pitched his special sneaker. Previously named REMYXX, REKIXX aims to change an industry and the world. With more than 300 million pairs of shoes thrown away last year, in the U.S. alone, REKIXX is taking matters into their own feet. The sneakers properly named REKIXX are the only sneakers from laces to sole, that can go back into the recycling process for zero-landfill impact. REKIXX are unique sneakers that are 100% recyclable. REKIXX… read more

Make Your Own Moccasins

Make Your Own Moccasins

Moccasins were originally worn to shield the feet from the elements and were always made from available materials. Native American moccasins were constructed with outdoor wear and specific geographical areas in mind. Though similarly made with animal hides, different tribes wore diverse styles. Moccasins remain a popular shoe choice for their interesting history as well as their looks. Although you can buy a kit, they can be handcrafted by reusing fabric materials, making a pattern and sewing portions together. If using leather, it is recommended that a medium thickness be used for moccasin making. However, if you prefer not to use leather, any type… read more

Steps for the World

Recycling shoes

Shoes are a necessity that may not be thought about that often, except when we are buying them. When you really think about shoes, how they are made or the amount of waste that comes with their wear in a dispensable-minded society, you might just find there is more to consider than style or size. A large number of shoes, especially the plastic variety, may be comprised of harmful toxins. One study showed that the shoes they sampled contained alarming chemicals regardless of the price range or where they were produced. Investigations like this one advocate for the consumer’s right to know… read more