How to Resole Shoes
Written by Sylvie Branch
Get more mileage out of your favorite footwear by learning how to resole shoes. Over time, the soles of your shoes may become loose, or they may start to wear through. When this happens, gather a few supplies and set aside a little time to fix them. Think of it as regular maintenance. You wouldn’t get rid of your car because a tire went flat. Don’t give up on your quality Florsheim Doon Oxfords at the first sign of wear and tear.
The first step is to gather your supplies. You will need a shoe repair kit, shoe repair glue, utility knife, file, and clamps. In addition, you will need new soles. Look for half-soles or heels that are roughly the same size as the old soles.
Thoroughly clean and dry your shoes. Be especially diligent on the bottom of the shoe. Any leftover moisture, dirt, grease, or grime will prevent the glue from adhering securely.
Cut off the old soles with a utility knife and then scuff up the area with a file. Apply the glue to the sole using the manufacturer’s recommended amount. In other words, do not over-glue. Now firmly press the sole to the shoe. Quickly adjust if necessary so that the positioning is exact and the entire sole is making contact with the rest of the shoe.
Clamp the sole on the shoe to keep it secure until the glue is completely dry. When you do this, keep an eye out for any excess glue that may seep between the layers. Once the shoes are dry, use your utility knife to trim any overlapping material. Finally, smooth the edges with a file. Once you know how to resole shoes, you can rescue favorite footwear from the trash heap.
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Posted November 8, 2012