Vegan footwear made from scrap tyres

At Funky Kalakar, we are churning out old tyres into soles of fashionable shoes. In the July 2017 edition of Pure London, Funky Kalakar is going to unveil two new categories of shoes; first, SneakONS which is a mixture of sneaker and slip-on.  Second, Ankle strap flat shoes. They both shout comfort and classy look. 

Funky Kalakar's Shoe Making Process

Imagine piles and piles of tyres clogging up rivers and sitting in landfills, becoming breeding grounds for mosquitos and polluting the land. We need tires there is just no way around it. Unfortunately, what makes tires so useful for getting from one place to another is their physical structure, durability and heat-retaining characteristics. Those are also the reasons that make them really difficult to deal with once we are done with them.

Landfill of Tyres - Funky Kalakar

Theoretically, the first tyre that was ever made is still out there somewhere. Tyres take thousands of years to decompose, and until then, they sit in massive piles with the potential to cause harm to the environment and human health. We have heard so many instances where tires catch fire–due to lightning storms which result in toxic smoke, heavy metals, and oil. 

Have you ever thought, the tyre companies that manufacture tyres provide tread warranty of some 50,000 miles, yet we can wear out the sole of an ordinary shoe in less than a year. How come we cannot buy a shoe with a 50,000 mile warranty? At Funky Kalakar, the sole made out of recycled tyres increases the longevity of your shoe. We are pleased to share that till date we have recycled 140 kgs of rubber from scrap tyres.  

What makes our second collection special is that we are bringing back the legend. You guessed it right, the handloom fabric. The upper of the shoes are made of breathable cotton fabric which are handwoven to give a beautiful texture. 

The first handloom used in India to weave the cotton fabric was reported to be in 3rd millennium BC. We are extremely proud to showcase the rich tradition of handloom weaving of India which also exemplifies the richness and diversity of the country and the artistry of the weavers. 


Our first collection featured a 4500 years old art form, the Ajrakh vegetable dyeing technique which is used to print on the cotton fabric. The origin of this technique can be traced back to Indus valley civilisation. In the Ajrakh process, the designs are conceptualised and are carved on the wooden block, different blocks are made according to different colours and resist dye.  The cotton fabric goes through 14 different steps in Ajrakh hand dyeing process.  

Please do come and visit us at Pure London stand Y95, London Olympia.