Should "from" or "of" be used in the following?

The shoes are made from/of rubber tires.

I'd appreciate your help.

  • Made of a substance, made from something already made for some other purpose - made of glass, made from old Coke bottles, made of paper, made from old magazines. Nov 16, 2019 at 15:45
  • What effort have you made in this regard?
    – Lambie
    Nov 16, 2019 at 20:18

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The meaning of "from" and "of" are slightly different.

We say "made of a substance" (made of rubber). But we say "made from something already made for some other purpose" (made from rubber tires).

For example "made of glass", but "made from old Coke bottles". Or "made of paper", but "made from old magazines".

These are only general trends in meaning, and not strict rules.

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    answer developed from comment by Michael Harvey.
    – James K
    Nov 16, 2019 at 16:42
  • Note: 'tyres' in the British English part of the world. Nov 16, 2019 at 19:45

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