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Best shoe (boot) repair glue?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by glockman99, Dec 6, 2002.

  1. glockman99

    glockman99 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

    Jun 12, 2000
    My Sears "Die-Hard" (Yah, right...:(.) boots are falling apart...The soles are coming-off the bottom of the boot (due) to a poor factory gluing job. Can anyone suggest a GOOD glue to buy to repair this?

    (And yes, I DID try returning them to Sears today for an exchange, and although I haven't worn then all that much, I have owned then for over 6 months, so I'm SOL on being able to exchange them.:mad:.).
     
  2. phatch

    phatch

    Oct 3, 1998
    Shoe Goo has worked well for me. Takes a long time to dry. Can need forming (tape) and clamping to accomplish the task.

    Phil
     
  3. huh

    huh

    283
    Jan 2, 2002
    Does epoxy work for the bottom of shoe?
     
  4. grnamin

    grnamin Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 1998
    Seamgrip is good, too. Epoxy might be a bit inflexible for shoes.
     
  5. BigDeeeeeeee

    BigDeeeeeeee

    674
    Feb 19, 2002
    I'll second the shoe goo, it's very tough stuff.
     
  6. Warthog

    Warthog

    567
    Oct 6, 2000
    Yup, was gonna say Shoogoo:)
     
  7. glockman99

    glockman99 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

    Jun 12, 2000
    I thank-you all for your replies :). It looks like I'm going to buy a tube/bottle of "ShoeGoo". Actually when the "sales associate" told me that Sears wasn't "able" to exchange the boots for me, he also suggested "ShoeGoo" to repair the boots with.
     
  8. rycen

    rycen Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

    Aug 22, 2002
    Why would they not exchange them?
     
  9. glockman99

    glockman99 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

    Jun 12, 2000
    Because I went over their "warrenty time period". BTW, that is THE LAST pair of shoes/boots that I buy from Sears!.:mad:.
     
  10. rycen

    rycen Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

    Aug 22, 2002
    There is no "warrenty time period" at Sears.It says satisfaction gauranteed or your mony back right on the slip.Talk to a manger,you will get mew boots.Trust me as I used to work there (not that depot)It was the worst place to work they suck but.They have blackballed me for over a year!!!I HATE SEARS:barf: :mad: :mad: :mad:
     
  11. DonL

    DonL

    Oct 12, 1998
    If Shoogoo doesn't do the job, I would recommend Goop. You can find it at hardware stores, and there are several types, for home repairs, general purpose, and outdoor use. I've had very good luck using it for different repairs over the years.
     
  12. crosman177

    crosman177

    Jan 21, 2002
    Goop works well also.:)
     
  13. johnniet

    johnniet

    Jul 12, 1999
    Several years ago, a friend bought himself a nice pair of shoes. I thought they seemed pretty pricey, and he told me "shoes are not something to save money on".
    Experience has taught me that he's absolutely right.
     
  14. MelancholyMutt

    MelancholyMutt Doggy Style

    Apr 13, 2002
    what about this stuff?

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    I bought a bottle and have yet to use it. Anyone have any experience with it?
     
  15. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.) Platinum Member

    Oct 9, 1998
    Gluing on a sole doesn't require much strength -- there's no great force acting to break the bond unless you step on something really sticky. Any brand of contact cement you have around will work fine.
     
  16. glockman99

    glockman99 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

    Jun 12, 2000
    ...Not even my 265 pounds pounding-down on the sole everytime I take a step? I would think that that would cause alot of stress on the sole to bottom of boot interface...Especially when you factor-in the flex of the boot with each step. It seems like the flexibility of the "ShoeGoo" would work better than a more rigid glue.
     
  17. JimM

    JimM

    325
    Sep 14, 2001
    Goop, duct tape, 550 cord....essentials I rely on. Just finished up a minor boot repair with Goop on a well-used pair of leather hunting boots....will be good to go on Monday.
    Jim
     
  18. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.) Platinum Member

    Oct 9, 1998
    Your weight pounding down is not a force acting to break the bond; it's a force acting to reinforce the bond. Flexibility is needed but not strength. I've used a variety of contact cements and they all worked.
     
  19. AlphalphaPB

    AlphalphaPB

    Apr 29, 2002
    Hehe, you gotta make sure that they won't fall apart on you though. My roommate's pair of Cole Haan boots fell apart within 2 months, exactly where glockman99's pair of Sears "Die Hard" boots did. :)

    Just gotta make sure all that money is going towards both design *and* execution.
     
  20. draftaman

    draftaman

    134
    Aug 28, 2002
    I worked in a shoe repair/resole shop and this is how we did it:
    With a resole which required just gluing the new sole first the old sole was ground down with a belt sander
    Next, thinned contact cement was applied to new sole and bottom of boot/shoe.
    Then, both parts were placed under a heat lamp to dry the cement.
    After that, the new sole was place on the boot/shoe and the boot place over a metal foot shaped anvil and an air press was used to squeze the sole down on the boot for a few min.
    lastly, the excess sole on the sides of the boot were ground down so the sole did not stick out past the upper.
    the contact cement is great for this type of repair. Just make sure that the applied surfaces are dry before you stick em togeather.
    After you stick em a gorrilla couldnt pull a sole apart Trust me.
     

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