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Old 02-13-2015, 12:17 AM   #1
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DIY Shoe Repair


We all have that one pair of shoes that are broke in and are so comfortable on or feet. We love them so much that when they wear out, it can almost be a major crisis.

Well, that was the case with my favorite house shoes. When I get home, the first thing I want to do is put on my slippers. And my favorite slippers decided to fail prematurely. I'd only had them a couple of months and the sole started to pull away. The rest of the slipper was in great shape.

So....it's DIY shoe repair time. I'll walk you through the process so you can do the same for your shoes, saving that comfy shoe and saving a bunch of money.

This was my shoe before the repair.



Now, it's important to make sure you have the right materials for the repair. In my case, it was a roll of high quality duct tape from Harbor Freight. I figured that since it was made in China, and they need to stretch as much life out of the things they have, then their duct tape must be of the best quality.



Now that I have the proper materials to effect the repair, I'll give you the steps for the repair.

1. Make sure there are no foreign objects between the sold and top part of the shoe. Pieces of Lego do not feel well.

2. Now, this is one of the most important steps. Before applying the repair material, place your foot in the shoe. This insures the shoe is expanded to its operating size and the repair material does not render it too small to wear.

3. Starting at the bottom, wrap the repair material around the shoe being careful to not apply too much tension so as to make the shoe too tight.



4. 2-3 Wraps should be enough. Unless of course you are going to be doing some extensive traveling in the shoes.



As much as I try to be humble, I'm quite proud of this repair. And, seeing how I frequently wear these shoes to my local Home Depot or grocery store, I'm pretty sure others are impressed as well. I've noticed a lot of people looking at my repair and I'm sure they are saying to themselves "What a cleaver and crafty idea".

So, there you go. Now you can save that favorite pair of shoes.

No need to thank me....all us DIY'rs are family.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:01 AM   #2
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Buy a good pair from LL Bean.
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Ayuh,..... What are you doin' with My slippers,..?? :D

I've found Goop to be a pretty good shoe repair product,.....
Not quite as ugly as the duct tape,....

Head on over to Sportsman's Guide for a new pair,.....
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Buy a good pair from LL Bean.
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Ayuh,..... What are you doin' with My slippers,..?? :D

I've found Goop to be a pretty good shoe repair product,.....
Not quite as ugly as the duct tape,....

Head on over to Sportsman's Guide for a new pair,.....
I'm too broke.....something about building a 2-story addition to my house and paying for it as I go.
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I love the step by step directions.

Quite informative and detailed.

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Take some preventive measures and do the other one the same way.
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rjniles -

+10 on going to LL Bean.

I wear LL Bean slippers (double leather bottoms with no plastic/rubber soles) with a real fleece lining. After about 15 years, I decided to get a new pair. - That was in January and the said they were on back-order and would be available in late July, so they must be popular. They are so good, I will wait until then instead of getting something else.

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This thread makes me smile!

I have a pair of Asics (black) casual shoes that have been the most comfortable shoe.......going on 8 years with them but I've had to use some liquid nails on the soles a few times.
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I love my slippers. If they were coming apart, ducktape would be where the bidding would start.
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I'm hoping everyone understands this thread was intended as a 'tongue and cheek' PSA.
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Too funny!

If you ever have a nice pair of work boots that the sole is coming off I have tried many ways to repair them.

1. NP-1 caulking works good last a long time.
2. EPDM bonding adhesive. Does not last long, maybe 1/2 day.
3. Hot asphalt. Works great do not have your foot in the boot when doing it.
4. Gorilla glue. So far so good, going on 2 years now on my current pair of redwing boots.
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Just be careful making those kinds of repairs as you get older. I have an o-l-d pair of Sorel felt pac's that the sides finally split on, but they're comfortable, so I wrapped them with duct tape and figured I could wear them around the shop as long as the snow wasn't real wet. Last winter I slipped them on to go to the shop one Sunday morning, and the next thing I knew, the wife was asking me if I had to wear them to church. Yup, there we were, had somehow missed looking down the entire way. Oh well, at least my fly was zipped as I recall.
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You should have stepped out of your comfort zone and went with a designer color or perhaps just the brown one....
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