10¢ is my senior capstone from the last year or so. I wanted to see how far I could take plastic as a material and see if I could make functional, comfortable and aesthetic shoes. For my first pair I made simple pair of Converse using plastic grocery bags and recycled old pants. For the second pair, I made a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s using the plastic grocery bags, as well as recycled billboard vinyl. I used traditional shoe making methods such as “lasting” and thus needed to use the vinyl billboard to add more support.
I just thought I would share this project to inspire others to make shoes and other things out of plastic. Let me know what you think. I’d love any tips and ideas for future iterations. I will make a video documenting my process in the near future.
Edit: I did not make the soles. They are just a standard cupsole. I plan on experimenting with upcycled soles in the future since unfortunately I did not have the time to make them in the project’s time frame.