How to Replace a Sole on a Boot
Roughly using shoes often leads to breaking of its sole. Whether you love to hiking around or frequently do outdoor activities, footwear plays an important role in all the situations. Therefore, proper attention and care are needed almost every time to avoid unfavorable conditions. Since your shoes are doing heavy duty regularly, one of the major signs that you should pay attention to is the tearing of its sole. In that case, you can either buy a new pair of shoes if you can afford it or make an attempt to replace soles. Taking appropriate repair techniques into account will not only keep your pair of shoes working again but also can help you make it serve you for a long time as well.
Listed below are some of the quick-fix boot sole repair techniques that you should apply!
But before we move to quick-fix methods of sole repair, let’s first discuss how you can remove the sole from the shoes effectively so that you can fix it again easily. So, ready to discover the steps; let’s begin!
What Do You Need to Get Started?
- Rubber or Stick-On Soles (You can count on Vibram soles here as well)
- Rough Sandpaper
- Shoe repair glue (or glue that is impact and weather resistant with a flexible bond)
- Round brush
- Heat gun or hair dryer (You can use the sun as your heat source)
- Clamps or elastic bands
- Nail polish remover with acetone
How to Proceed? The Steps:
Step 1: In order to remove and replacing shoe soles, pull the old soles away from the shoe base using pliers. If it creates difficulty for you to remove the soles, use the heat gun or hair dryer to melt the glue holding it in place.
Step 2: After you remove the sole successfully, use the nail polish remover to remove the old glue remnants completely.
Step 3: Scour the shoe bottom with rough sand paper and do the same for the new rubber sole. By doing so, each surface will retain the glue. Before applying the glue, ensure that both the surfaces are clean, dust-free, and dry.
Step 4: Add glue carefully to the surface of both the shoe and the sole with a round brush, and spread it evenly with no patches. After this, leave the glue to dry for some time.
Step 5: Keep the sole pressed firmly on to the shoe base. Sometimes shoe glues need heat to react. If this is required in your case, then you can use the heat gun or hair dryer or use the sun as your heat source to activate the glue on both the surfaces before applying the new sole.
Step 6: Next, use the clamps or strong elastic bands to securely keep the edges tight. Leave the shoes in the exact condition for 24hours.
Step 7: Use a knife or any cutting tool of your choice to remove the excess rubber around the shoe edge. Hold the blade square to the welt (the leather rim sewed around the edge of a shoe upper to which the sole is attached), and use the welt as a guide as you work around the shoe.
Step 8: If the sole has only come away in one area, ensure both the surface of the sole and the shoe are clean, pull back the sole to apply the shoe repair glue with a small brush, hammering it to stick, clamp and leave it to dry.
Even if you are available with a spare set of shoes, but still require the protection; then you should consider these first-aids for your shoes.
Few Recommendations for Fast Quick-Fix Shoe Repair
Steps to Shoe Repair Using Adhesives:
Step 1: Clean all the soil and dirt stuck to the shoe. It’s necessary, especially where you’re going to apply adhesives.
Step 2: Open both the surfaces to the extreme position possible. Don’t forget to keep yourself out of direct contact with the spirit or glue you’re using. It’s better if you’re wearing gloves while doing it.
Step 3: Apply the adhesive/glue to both the surfaces gently until you cover all the section.
Step 4: Leave it for few times to let the surfaces rejoin accurately
Step 5: Apply uniform pressure on the entire glued area so that they’re stuck together well.
Stitching is the Long-Term Solution:
Step 1: Bring a leather patch according to the size of the hole to make stitching
Step 2: Take a thin and long needle for sewing the leather patch over the hole
Step 3: Once you complete the stitching, apply some glue over the edges for ensuring better fix
Step 4: Add sealant at the end of the process to make the fix waterproof
Fixing Though Using Bicycle Kit
Step 1: Identify the damaged region at first, and then clean & dry it before moving further
Step 2: Bring the bicycle repair kits into practice and choose a tab that you want to use
Step 3: Apply adhesive or glue on the worn out area of the shoe sole. Wait for some time till the adhesive becomes tacky
Step 4: After this, place the tab appropriately on the sole and press it uniformly. Wait until the ends join together. And, you’re good to take your shoes into action.
These entire great shoe repair techniques are easy, cheap and take a very little time to repair compared to shoe sole replacement which is a time-consuming process. Take the Vibram soles into consideration while making the shoe repair or replacement as they are durable and ensure your boots serve you for a long-run.