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« on: July 25, 2012, 08:55:50 AM »

Hey all,

So I'm retiring TWO pairs of bikilas that have been fantastic running buddies (replacing them with a brand-new pair of bikilas - the bespotted red pair!  Grin).  Like many of you, I've worn these shoes SO much that I feel a bit attached.  I thought I'd troll for ideas on how to retire them "with honor," rather than simply pitching them in the rubbish bin.

I've searched the web/forums for ideas and I'll I've found is using them for yard work, which doesn't really fit for myself.

Thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 10:13:30 AM »

So if I am understanding you correctly, you are not looking for activities to do while using them, but rather a way to utilize them for something other than footwear.  If that is correct, how about using them as a pair of book ends. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 10:49:39 AM »

exactly - something other than footwear

I had seen some other people questioning whether or not they could be recycled somehow, since much of their makeup is rubber.

I just might consider the idea, Mr. Leigh.  Maybe I'll mount my original pair that has the most miles on them on my wall.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 10:52:02 AM »

Maybe I'll mount my original pair that has the most miles on them on my wall.  Smiley

You could have them bronzed, LOL.
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012, 10:52:17 AM »

Although its footwear, turn them in to huaraches.
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 03:21:19 PM »

Drill some holes in the soles, and make them into little herb/flower pots!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 04:57:06 PM »

Sure, maybe if you want feet-flavored basil!  Shocked Grin
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012, 06:23:57 PM »

You could make a pair of fleet-footed scarecrows
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place them in odd parts of your home to freak out house guests
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donate them to a dog kennel as chew toys

I'm a fan of bronzing them and mounting them with a plaque that indicates the mileage, but I have no idea how much that would cost.
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2012, 07:19:29 PM »

or you could just throw them in the bin - they are just old, useless shoes ffs  Wink

What next ? getting sentimental about a particular sheet of bogroll ?
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2012, 07:27:35 PM »

You could get a shadow box, mount them to the shadow box and put like pictures of yourself in it as an artsy wall hanging
Thats what I'm gonna do with mine eventually

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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2012, 08:32:03 PM »

I especially like the flower pot suggestion...maybe some herbs, though I don't know if you'd actually want to eat anything grown in a funky pair of VFFs. Tongue  Personally, I would suggest having some sort of goodbye ceremony then giving them to Goodwill.  Unless they're to the point of being truly unwearable, I bet someone else can probably get a little more life out of them, and that way you know they're living on. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2012, 10:00:35 PM »

Put em on the floor behind some long curtains along with some stuffed jeans/pants so it looks like someone is behind em. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2012, 11:05:24 PM »

Hey all,

So I'm retiring TWO pairs of bikilas that have been fantastic running buddies (replacing them with a brand-new pair of bikilas - the bespotted red pair!  Grin).  Like many of you, I've worn these shoes SO much that I feel a bit attached.  I thought I'd troll for ideas on how to retire them "with honor," rather than simply pitching them in the rubbish bin.

I've searched the web/forums for ideas and I'll I've found is using them for yard work, which doesn't really fit for myself.

Thoughts?

It's time for an ever-evolving art project!  Attach them in an artistic way, and as you retire pairs in the future, and them to this wall of fame, or mountain of lost buddies art project!  Who knows, if it gets large enough, you might have a vff tourist spot right in your house!
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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2012, 04:27:56 AM »

Personally, I would suggest having some sort of goodbye ceremony then giving them to Goodwill.
No Viking burial?  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2012, 01:41:14 PM »

Personally, I would suggest having some sort of goodbye ceremony then giving them to Goodwill.
No Viking burial?  Wink

I think the rubber would probably release too many toxic fumes, and they definitely wouldn't be wearable afterwards!  Smiley
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