R6100/2 Car Tyre Sandals

black sandals made from rubber car tyres

Sandals (Museum Accession Number R6100/2)

This pair of sandals are made entirely from recycled car tyres. In Kenya, and many other countries in Africa, the practice of making leather sandals has a very long history. Since the arrival of cars, makers have adapted their leather working skills and utilised rubber from tyres. People found that the rubber from car tyres made a comfortable hard wearing sandal, especially good when walking long distances. This design of sandal is a classic and they are still made today. Collected in Kenya by Tony Kalume for the Fashioning African project.

Creator: unknown

Place: Kenya, East Africa, Africa

Date: 1970