The people of the Masai tribe in Tanzania and Kenya, Africa, live in the Serengeti wilderness and depend on their feet to get around and live in that place. Most whom we encountered wore sandals made from chunks of tire tread, threaded with leather thongs

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shoes, sandals, tire tread sandals, masai tribe, tanzania, kenya, africa, feet

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDavies7 months ago

    Very creative and functional, but sad they must resort to this for shoes.

  • angie
    thanks for your comment. A bare bones life style there…..

    – phil decocco

  • Fara
    Fara7 months ago

    Clever, sad and a wonderful title………………………when I think of the amount of shoes I have………………..Italian, French………………….and I still want more………………………..I should be ashamed of myself………………..well captured Phil……………………………Joyce

  • joyce
    often during the trip i had similar thoughts about our good fortune vs their simple life. Happiness is not found in possessions!

    – phil decocco

  • Martha Sherman
    Martha Sherman7 months ago

    Wow! That makes a powerful statement!

  • thanks martha,
    it is a poor place with day to day scrabbling for simple things in life

    – phil decocco

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjes7 months ago


    2014/02/14 – 2 × 24hrs
    Excellent work!

  • many thanks maggie.

    – phil decocco

  • lynn carter
    lynn carter7 months ago

    how inventive, could catch on lol xx

  • lynn
    thanks much. they make do with what they have….

    – phil decocco

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryan7 months ago

    Sad, to be sure, but I’m thinking if they brought the concept over here it might start a fashion trend (not to mention a novel way to recycle tires)!

  • monnie
    well, these folks do it because of the availability of the material and being poor….no fashion statement here! You’re probably right about us!

    – phil decocco

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan7 months ago

    Sad…but an excellent photo op. Well taken.

  • thanks jack,
    a tough life for these folks!

    – phil decocco

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillman7 months ago

  • Joseph
    Many thanks for this feature. It’s an honor to be chosen.

    – phil decocco

  • lezvee
    lezvee7 months ago

    Very innovative but I agree with the comments of others that it is sad that these people have no proper footwear. Good shot and a good record of things seen there.

  • Leave
    Thanks for you recommend. Life there is pretty basic. Things we take for granted……..

    – phil decocco

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep7 months ago

    Very unusual find..excellent photojournalism!

  • Thanks gena
    These people are so upbeat, kind, and welcoming….in the face of poverty of things……not spirit

    – phil decocco

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