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CITY OF DETROIT -  Illegally dumped tires are getting a lot more mileage -- in some fashionable footwear.

They're called "Detroit Treads." Sandals made from recycled tires and they are selling fast.

They are cutting, drilling and sewing up a storm at Cass Green Industries in Detroit.

They are racing to fill orders for tire tread sandals. After launching in June, sales took off.

"Within a month's time, we've sold $50,000 worth of sandals at $25 a pair," said Rev. Faith Fowler, Cass Community Social Services. "And they are going to 44 states. We're pretty excited about it."

Cass Green Industries also sells mud mats made from illegally dumped recycled tires.

But the sandals are exceeding expectations. Fox 2 was the first to show a prototype in Nov. 2013, designed by a professor  with the College for Creative Studies and students at the University of Michigan.

There is even a "D" in the sole, so they are distinctly Detroit.

Five workers are producing 40 pairs a day.

"There is craftsmanship involved," Fowler said. "It's people manipulating the rubber and making it into a nice sandal. It takes a little time."

The workers are developmentally disabled, homeless or homeless vets.

The more sandals sold, the more jobs that are created.

Since 2007 Cass Green Industries has gotten more than 35,000 illegally dumped tires off the street.

The sandals come in small, medium, large and extra large. They are comfortable, durable and made in Detroit.

"It's a win-win-win for the planet, for Detroit, (providing) people with jobs, for a really good product that represents the city."

The demand is so great, there is a four-five week wait per order.

For  more information, go to http://casscommunity.org/
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