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Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 20 2012 3:23 pm
by outdoor_lover
I have a pair of Merrell Gortex Boots with a Vibram Sole. They were practically brand new last fall when I started using them in earnest. I've done about 20 hikes with them and a couple of hikes ago I noticed that the sole is completely separating from the boot itself, on both boots. The sole is in good shape and the boot itself is in good shape.

Would anyone know who might be able to reattach them and have it hold? I love these boots, they are extremely comfortable and grip really well and they are still in really good shape. I would really like to get them repaired if possible. I have another pair of Merrills but they don't fit as well and the tread pattern is not nearly as good on loose scree and for gripping on rocks. :(

Anyone out there than can make a good recommendation?

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 20 2012 3:33 pm
by Al_HikesAZ
That happens with our heat. Don't leave boots in the trunk or heat. Did you get them at REI?

To answer your question. What I did was shoe goo http://www.rei.com/search?search=sof+sole+shoe+goo and some C-Clamps and I got some more miles out a pair of boots. And carry some Gorilla tape with you on the trail in case they come apart. Speaking from experience.

If you can get 800 to 1,000 miles out of a pair of boots in Arizona, consider yourself lucky.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 20 2012 3:37 pm
by Sun_Ray
Have used shoe goo for repairs on shoes since my running days in the 70's. Give it a try. Have you tried talking about this failure at the place of purchase?

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 20 2012 3:48 pm
by kevinweitzel75
Have to agree. Shoe goo is the shit. Have used it for years.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 20 2012 3:56 pm
by outdoor_lover
@Al_HikesAZ
@Sun Ray
Actually the point of purchase is the hard part. I bought these boots on Sale, (buy one pair, get one pair 50% off) about 8 years ago when I was using them for utility locating. I just never got around to using the second pair more than once or twice until this last fall because I changed jobs before the first pair wore out. I don't even remember where I got them, but I doubt it was REI. May try the shoe goo thing though. Do you think if I took them to a cobbler that maybe they could do something that might guarantee to hold? I mean if they can resole boots, you would think that they could reattach them and have them work like new.....?

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 20 2012 4:33 pm
by Al_HikesAZ
Outdoor Lover wrote:Do you think if I took them to a cobbler that maybe they could do something that might guarantee to hold? I mean if they can resole boots, you would think that they could reattach them and have them work like new.....?
Go ahead and try, but don't get your hopes up. I took a pair once to a shoe/luggage repair place we use. He looked at them handed them back to me and said "shoe goo". Some of the more expensive boots that have soles that are sewn on can be re-soled, but most modern boots that just have glued-on soles can't be.

Some people have told me that Teva Sandals can be really comfortable.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 20 2012 6:36 pm
by Sredfield
There's a shoe guy on Warner Road, one light west of the I-10, north side of street, by an auto repair shop. He's done good work for me on a similar problem.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 20 2012 6:48 pm
by azbackpackr
Al_HikesAZ wrote:Some people have told me that Teva Sandals can be really comfortable.
Viva la Teva!! :y: :D

My Teva'd foot, in my Costa Rica bedroom:

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 21 2012 12:51 pm
by Canyonram
Buy a tube of McNett Freesole Boot Repair---urethane formula that will reattach the sole. I also use it to make a toe cap and limit damage.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 23 2012 2:44 pm
by hikeaz
I have successfully used Barge cement http://www.quabaug.com/barge (which we use to repair rubber rafts, but is used in shoe manufacturing & repair, too) on my shoes with great results. (small tubes are available at Ace Hdw. etc.). MEK will help as a thinner/ bonding agent if necessary > http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ ... 1023806208
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Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 30 2012 8:28 pm
by outdoor_lover
Well, the "surgery" is done and the boots are in the "recovery" room... :sweat: Working with "Goo" is really not my Forte. I think I really needed an extra pair of hands to do this. It would have almost been easier to rip the whole sole off and then do it, but I was afraid I'd damage the sole trying to get it off. Didn't have any "C" clamps so I used the next best thing. Duct Tape!!! :y: Knowing my skill at things like this, the only thing that will stayed glued is the Duct Tape. :sl: That was a messy job.

I really hope it works, I miss those boots. My blisters from my other pair may not be entirely healed up before Marsh Valley on Friday....

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 31 2012 12:14 am
by PrestonSands
I use "E-6000" cement when I need to make small repairs on my boots. It has a finer application tip and is not quite as thick as Shoe-Goo. Walmart sells it in their craft department.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 31 2012 6:14 am
by azbackpackr
Since I lived far from a cobbler when in Eagar, a couple of times I sent my Vasque Sundowner boots to Dave Page Cobbler in Seattle. He resoles all sorts of athletic shoes and hiking boots. It cost half what I had paid for the boots, though, to have them resoled, the leather refurbished, new insoles, new laces. About $90 as I recall, several years ago. However, I am very hard to fit, and I knew those boots fit me, so it worked for me.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 31 2012 12:41 pm
by Tough_Boots
I've used goo quite a few times and it always seems like just a temporary fix. I've used it for around the outside where the nubuck tends to start coming off of the soles. I'm not sure whether goo is just not good for this or maybe the dry climate just renders it useless after a handful of hikes. I tend to believe that no one really makes footwear that handles the desert well and have kind of learned to accept these things. I hate going through boots as quickly as I do and getting them resoled for $70 or $80 does not seem worth it.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 31 2012 2:18 pm
by big_load
Tough_Boots wrote:I've used goo quite a few times and it always seems like just a temporary fix. I've used it for around the outside where the nubuck tends to start coming off of the soles.
One of the main causes of separation is that the midsole has deformed. Once that has happened, the resulting modified distribution of stress pretty much dooms regluing to a brief lifespan.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 31 2012 3:27 pm
by joebartels
@big_load I'd never thought of that, great point!

I had trouble getting the bond to last until I started cleaning the surfaces with a tiny brush and rubbing alcohol, though I've never used it on leather. Got over 600 miles on my last xt-wing salomons. Although they looked together they were hurting my feet pretty bad so I finally tossed 'em.

Re: Boot Repair

Posted: Jan 31 2012 3:52 pm
by outdoor_lover
Well I should have a prognosis tomorrow when I take the duct tape off. I sure hope I don't have to get boots right now, my other ones just aren't cutting it. Cramped in the front and blisters in the back, no matter the sock combo, just is not going to work....If I have to get boots, my first backpack trip in April probably won't happen.... :(