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Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 05 9:07 pm    Post subject: Repairing shoes  Reply with quote    

There's a hole in my sole...which may have been there for days, but today it was raining and I found out.

So as the boots are in perfectly good condition otherwise, and I like them, and I don't like buying shoes, I'd like to try and repair them. They are just a cheapish pair from M&S; Treacodactyl suggests rubber glue, but I thought it would be worth asking here in case any of you brilliant minds have a suggestion.

Also it's a bit of a theme at the moment with Rob R's open-welly surgery using the latest in hi-tech cycle repair kit technology. Unfortunately that won't work on my soles. But it's interesting.

I'm trying not to buy a book I've seen on making your own shoes from Amazon.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 05 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

you use to be able to get stick on sole kits in Woolies! Have you had a look there?

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 05 9:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Repairing shoes Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
Also it's a bit of a theme at the moment with Rob R's open-welly surgery using the latest in hi-tech cycle repair kit technology. Unfortunately that won't work on my soles. But it's interesting.


No, no, no, it was much too big for a cycle patch- this was a car-sized patch

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 05 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

DucK tape?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 05 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As it's a hole in the tread anything on the sole will fall off and anything on the inside will be rubbed off by the socks.

The only things I can think of is finding the hole and filling with glue; melting the hole with a hot wire, or gluing a plug of something in the hole.

culpepper



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 05 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used to have a great glue called liquid rubber that I bought in Halfords years ago. Its black.
We stuck my mums indoor washing line up with it when the nail had pulled out of the wall and we didnt have anything else, it never came down even though we hung quite a lot of wet washing on it.
Maybe you could use something like that to just fill it in.

I think if the soles are leather the shoe repairers glue another sole on with a sort of evostick .

wildberries



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 05 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do your shoes have a leather sole. Perhaps you could resole them you can buy the pieces of leather from a hardware store.

mrutty



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 05 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rubber soles can be sealed with a very hot spoon that's been heated over the gas burner

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 05 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorry all, I think I got the wrong end of the stick. It's not her wellies but a pair of shoe type boots with a flat sole.

So, a new sole should be easy to do if we can get hold of one. They're rubber, not leather. By the looks of it not many shops sell soles anymore and if they do they're very large and will need careful trimming.

it would seem ideal to be able to get a sheet of sole rubber to cut your own soles out of. Any ideas? I remember seeing people make whole pairs of shoes out of old car tyre, but I think that's beyond me. A shoe patch may no be though.

mrutty



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 05 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mr Mint charges about 15 for a re sole on real leather shoes. Also try B&Q as they used to have rubber patching kits. The rubber was thin and easy to cut, might work.

Marigold123



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 05 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I must look out for a rubber-type stick on sole too. I have a damp right foot. I know I should buy a new pair of shoes, but the ones I have are so comfortable - apart from now being slightly damp on occcasion, of course!

I hate buying new shoes, (though I'm the only female I know who does! LOL )

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