Splaff Recycled Racing Sandals: From Zero to Ecostyle in a Matter of Seconds

Recycling is not new – but the different ways it can be utilized are constantly being explored. So if you are looking for an eco-friendly way to enjoy those summer days think no more…

Enter Splaff – maker of the Famous recycled race car tire and hemp sandal.

Cliff Drill, the founder of Splaff, came up with the idea in 1997 while on a surf trip in Mexico. After discovering traditional huarache sandals, which were made using recycled tire bottoms, Cliff decided he would improve on the design by replacing the leather with hemp and bicycle rubber.

I set off to learn how to make shoes from recycled tires in a flip flop style that did not use leather.  After a couple months of apprenticing with shoemakers and cobblers, I honed my skills of cutting, stitching, folding, and the likes.  I began making flip flops out of my garage for myself and my surfing comrades. – Cliff Drill Splaff Founder

Cliff Drill hard at work stitching soles

His first models used a combination of hemp fabrics and recycled race car tires.  Later, he incorporated the use of recycled bicycle inner tubes.

I was always drawn to hemp fabric as an environmental alternative to cotton and its competing synthetic textiles.  I like the inherent strength of the hemp fiber and its natural resistance to moisture and mold.  After reading “The Hemperor Wears No Clothes” I was convinced that I had to use and promote the benefits of hemp.


As his business grew so did his product line. Splaff now offers eco-conscious, alternative products utilizing the same materials (recycled tires, hemp fabrics, and recycled bicycle inner tubes).  Today SPLAFF’s product line includes bags, belts, wallets, guitar straps and wristbands.

Splaff's Messenger Bag

Way to go Cliff!

To get your own Lazyboy Sandals or other Splaff products – click here http://sites.google.com/site/splaffretailsite/

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2 thoughts on “Splaff Recycled Racing Sandals: From Zero to Ecostyle in a Matter of Seconds”

  1. Great article Cliff!
    You should be very proud of your accomplishments! Splaff is definitely an ECO hit!
    Much love,

  2. Congrats on the article, Cliff, it’s informative and creative! This is impressive!

    Hugs to you,

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