Filed Under (General) by Rob on 08-11-2007

Here are two guys I worked with in northern Benin recently. They have unusual footwear:


Yes, these are shoe/sandals/flip-flops (call them what you like) which are made out of old car tyres!! They look slightly Peter Pan-esque from a distance, but they’re certainly tough enough for rough African roads. Furthermore, it’s a good bit of recycling and they’re cheap. Have a closer look:


In West Africa, anything that can be re-used is. There’s a guy comes down our street and sifts through our dustbin every day. When I first saw it happening I felt like saying “Oi, mate! Get outa my bin!” (but restrained myself). The guard at the end of our street just said: “A chacun sa manière de gagner sa vie.” (Roughly translating as: Everyone has a right to their way of earning a living). Still, I think these shoes are cool – maybe they could catch on as environmental footwear back home…

4 Comments posted on "West African resourcefulness…"
anne on November 8th, 2007 at 11:42 am #

that’s brilliant, and rather cool-looking.

paul merrill on November 8th, 2007 at 4:31 pm #

The Maasai in Kenya have sandals like that too. Theirs don’t have the “curl” at the front. And I have even seen them for sale at some up-scale tourist shops in Nairobi.

Jeff on November 27th, 2007 at 8:07 pm #

Definitely want a pair of those bad boys. I’ll wear ’em here in the States; I’ll attempt to be the trend setter!

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