Friday, 11 April 2014

Making inner soles for your shoes from old meat trays!

I bought a pair of new (to me) sneakers at the markets last weekend for just 50c!

It was a bargain - it was too good to pass up. I tried them on and they fitted me, they were the right colour and really, I couldn't complain about the price!!

When I got home I decided to road test my new sneakers and off to the dam the dog and I went. She went to sniff and bound around like a rabbit and I went to look at the water and breathe!

On the way there, I noticed that my feet were feeling a bit "Princess and the pea-ish". I swore I could feel the plastic sole of the shoes through my sox. By the time I got back I wasn't so enamoured of my 50c sneakers as I was when I bought them.

Once I got home, I had a quick look inside and saw that the inner soles were really worn and that's what the problem was. Well, after paying a whole 50c for them I didn't want to have to go and buy new inner soles and so I had a look around to see what I could use...

Here's what I did!

I found one of those foamy (possibly polystyrene) trays that meat and sometimes veges get packed on...

and cut a new liner out of it!

No rocket science involved, just cutting around the original liner as a template,

And then popping them both back in the shoe!

The heels were especially worn in this case, so I used the corners that were already moulded into the shape that I wanted as extra padding underneath both liners.

And my 50c sneakers are still 50c sneakers!

There are all sorts of take away containers out there made of this foamy air filled stuff, so you have a wide range of sizes (and colours) to make your new inner soles out of! Its not going to stop them from wearing out but it will keep them going and me comfortable until I come across my next set of unbelievably cheap walk-the-dog and muck-around-in-the-garden shoes!

Score card:
Green-ness: 5/5 for repurposing something destined for landfill.
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for a repair that cost nothing
Time cost: Maybe 2 minutes..?
Skill level: Cutting
Fun -ness: Great fun to walk the dog without that nagging feeling on the bottom of your foot!

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