With so many ridiculous or dangerous TikTok challenges floating around the web, it’s nice to know that some of them simply offer useful life hacks. The newest TikTok trend fits into that category and could help you in a jam if you’re in need of shoes. All it takes is a balloon or two.
Cosmopolitan reports on a TikTok video shared by user Amy Boiss. In the video, a man tells Amy he’s giving her a new pair of shoes… only two present her with two balloons. “We’re gonna make the balloons into shoes,” he tells her.
At first, Boiss is confused — “My feet can’t fit into this!” she says at one point, looking at a tiny yellow balloon. A moment later, though, everything becomes clear.
“Ew! What kind of shoes are these?!” Boiss yells as the rubber hugs her feet. While the makeshift footwear doesn’t exactly look like the most durable, we have to admit that it gets the job done quick!
Boiss’ video has since gone viral, currently boasting four and a half million views and over a million likes. If the comments are any indication, it was the suspense of the video that hooked people just as much as the useful tip.
“My anxiety was through the roof,” one commenter said of watching the video. “[B]alloon popping and me aren’t friends but omg genius.”
“Anybody else waiting for the balloons to pop[?],” asked another user.
In the past few months, balloon shoes have blown up on TikTok, with the hashtag #balloonshoes currently at more than 728 thousand views. The hashtag offers a wealth of balloon shoe videos, some successful and some not so much.
It’s not just for feet either, with some viewers using the idea to add a layer of protection to their other precious belongings.
So the next time you’re in need of a pair of shoes or a quick phone case, consider stopping at the local party supply store — they might have just what you need!