We love innovative Kickstarter campaigns such as TireFlops! TireFlops are flip flops that use old tires for the outsoles. By deconstructing the tires, the TireFlops team have found a way to upcycle tire soles into footwear. What a fantastic concept!
The modern tire was invented in 1839 by Charles Goodyear. Ever since then tires have evolved to become super high tech, with amazing physical, chemical and mechanical properties. Everyday thousands of tires are disposed of around the world. What if these tires could be put to good use instead? That’s what TireFlops does. By deconstructing the material instead of grinding it up or melting it down, the properties are retained when the tires are upcycled. Using tires for footwear makes perfect sense. After all, tires were created for their grip and traction!
TireFlops have been created by a group of engineers and researchers called GomaVial. By deconstructing the tires, this team has found a way to effectively repurpose them for footwear.
TireFlops’ mission is to create high tech flip flop sandals in a responsible and sustainable manner. They are a cool and simple piece of footwear with an outsole that has been on the road, exploring, and now it’s ready to go on your feet!
TireFlops have found a way to put old tires to a new use under your feet. The rest of the flipflop has also been designed with durability and quality in mind. The rubber strap has more elasticity than the traditional PVC ones. This lends itself to extra grip and comfort. The foamy part of the flipflops has been specially chosen to reduce sliding when in contact with water. This means TireFlops are perfect for use by the pool, shower or beach. They’ll also leave really cool sand prints!
TireFlops are a current Kickstarter project. Click here to support them and their cool new concept for sustainable footwear.