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acroy

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DIY shoe re-sole?
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:10:14 AM »
Anyone done it?
I have a pair of Chaco lightweight boots, sole is about worn out. Chaco will not re-sole them. I hate to toss these boots as they are super comfy, pricy when new, and have lots of life in them but for the sole.
I see Vibram replacement soles on Amazon and curious if any smarty crafty Mustachians have dabbled in this dark (haha) art
https://www.amazon.com/Vibram/b/ref=w_bl_sl_ap_sh_web_2603230011?ie=UTF8&node=2603230011&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Vibram
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DIY shoe re-sole?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 07:17:18 AM »
Try a local shoe repair shop. Years ago my Dad had shoes resoled many, many times. Not too many shoe repair shops around anymore but do an internet search in your area.

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Re: DIY shoe re-sole?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 08:00:20 AM »
Try a local shoe repair shop.
too expensive - looking for a DIY $20 solution.
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Re: DIY shoe re-sole?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 11:30:36 AM »
Try a local shoe repair shop.
too expensive - looking for a DIY $20 solution.
I don't think you have much to lose by trying...I'd carefully slice off as much of the old sole as humanly possible (box cutter? Craft knife? Camping knife?) Then attach the new one with ShoeGoo. Figure out in advance how you can clamp or weight them for drying...

I have a similar problem with flat-soled sneakers...everything else is fine but sole wore through. Except I can't find a place to get good soles for the purpose or even  textured sheet rubber...suggestions? Black vibram soles probably would look super weird. White, gray, gold/brown I'm open to.

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Re: DIY shoe re-sole?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 05:13:40 PM »
I just searched "shoe soling sheet" and found one with the exact pattern my shoes have... Derp. I swear it wasn't the first time I searched that, and last time it was all black!

I'm going to try it! aren't if you want to see how my suggested technique works out, wait 2 weeks!

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Re: DIY shoe re-sole?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 05:56:16 PM »
Hmmm. I wonder if I could do this. Maybe try on a cheapish pair first....but I am super intrigued
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Re: DIY shoe re-sole?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2018, 12:02:47 PM »
I dived into this rabbit-hole a little and have a $10 set of replacement soles and a $15 bottle of fancy glue to try.
Over the weekend DW's favorite boots 'gave up it's sole'.... which gave some impetus to this adventure!
Will update.
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