Wheels on their feet! These Catholic monks make shoes from old car tyres

Back in early 2012, a group of friars began collecting old car tyres to be used to create new shoes for their monks to wear – the process will both amaze and shock you!

recycled car tyre shoes capuchin monks france

Spirit of poverty

Located in Morgon, France, the Capuchin monks of St. Francis Monastery have managed to successfully combine the spirit of poverty and ecological awareness by recycling one of the most polluting consumer items of the 21st century: car tyres.

Brother Ignatius, who handles the project, explains the process of making a shoe from scratch using recycled tyres which are donated to the Monastery by a local high school.

After drawing an outline of the shoe onto the car tyre, it is then carefully cut out using a jigsaw.

Brother Ignatius cutting the sole of the shoe into the tyre.

After drawing an outline of the shoe onto the car tyre, it is then carefully cut out using a jigsaw.

This first part of the shoe will be used as the sole.

This first part of the shoe will be used as the sole.

sandal made from recycled car tyres

The heel of the shoe is also cut out and sanded down using a grinding wheel.

Brother Ignatius creating the heel for the sandal

Brother Ignatius creating the heel for the sandal

Gluing the three parts of the sole together

Gluing the three parts of the sole together

The parts are put together using glue.

recycled shoes from car tyres

A final layer is added to the upper part of the shoe.

recycled sandals from car tyres

All three parts of the sole are then fastened with nails and sanded down using the grinder.

Old leather belts provide straps for the sandal

Old leather belts provide straps for the sandal

Finally, two sandal straps (made from recycled leather belts) are added.

A completed shoe with rubber heel and sole!

A completed shoe with rubber heel and sole!

The recycled sandals are worn by the Capuchin monks of Morgon in both summer and winter – one brother is said to have covered over 10,000 km wearing this type of shoe!

Author: Louise Fitchard

Louise is Agenda’s resident fashion & lifestyle expert. She also covers topics relating to entertainment & travel. Out of work, you can find Louise at the cinema, reading romantic novels or buying (another) pair of heels for her next trip abroad.

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  • Pro-Thatcherite

    God bless them! Have you ever noticed the link between poverty and happiness? These monks radiate with happiness and are in stark contrast to the materialistic and money-driven society that most of us live in.