Water bottle sandals, by Kinzénguélé

I’m not even sure what continent this record of heartbreaking ingenuity reaches us from. It shows a variant on the more common repurposed footwear of the developing world, the car tire sandal. Presumably these are less durable and comfortable—though perhaps on hot sand the bottles offer better insulation than rubber would.

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Water bottle sandals, photo by Kinzénguélé, from the exhibition L’art … en eaux troubles, at the School Gallery in Paris, March 2008 :: via FFFFOUND!/ReubenMiller

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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