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mick7016/08/2018 11:18:46
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what's best for sticking soles to shoes?

daughter as managed to have front of hers come loose on her favourite shoes.

Russell Eberhardt16/08/2018 11:22:11
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Hob nails? Seriously though ordinary contact adhesive works fine for me.


Gordon W16/08/2018 11:24:30
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Depends very much on the material (usually unknown). The last ones I did I used a hot glue gun, still there after a year of hard use. Also have used gorilla glue, works well on leather. Hot glue gun useful for lots of bodge jobs.

Robbo16/08/2018 11:27:52
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Hot glue gun has worked for me for partial repairs (toes,edges etc)

Roderick Jenkins16/08/2018 11:34:02
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Shoe Goo is very good. It will even build up worn heels if you make a dam with some insulating tape.



Richard Marks16/08/2018 11:40:39
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Evo Stick Serious Glue, worked for me and the wifes shoes.

Alan Waddington 216/08/2018 12:14:52
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Sikaflex or car windscreen bonder......the shoes will wear out before either of those....

Hopper16/08/2018 12:26:57
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It helps to run the sole and the bottom of the shoe over the belt sander prior to gluing if you can. Just enough to scuff them up so the glue can "key" into the surface.

Martin W16/08/2018 12:31:44
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I have used Evo Stick and Bostik Clear Contact Adhesive for my good ladies and my shoes. Spread adhesive to both surfaces, leave for a few minutes to get tacky then clamp firmly, especially around the edges, and leave for 24hrs. Has always worked for me.



Neil Wyatt16/08/2018 18:49:14
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I've has Serious Glue and EvoStik both fail on trainers where the two layers of sole have split apart. I imagine too much dust/crud got in the split.

Why is it 'name' (Slazenger) trainers don't last any longer than cheapies?


martin perman16/08/2018 19:07:18
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I have specially made shoes for a condition I have and the manufacturers use a glue which seems allows the sole to become unstuck after a year wink, approximately, and I find Evostick works well with the repair.

Martin P

Russell Eberhardt17/08/2018 09:55:31
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 16/08/2018 18:49:14:

Why is it 'name' (Slazenger) trainers don't last any longer than cheapies?

They are probably made in the same factory. It's just that one type has the name put on it.

I once saw a factory in Malaysia where they were making T-shirts for Lacoste. They were also making unbranded ones on the same line which were sold for just a few pence in the local markets. The price difference isn't a matter of quality but the mark-up made by the brand owner to pay for, amongst other things, their advertising costs.


Howard Lewis19/08/2018 19:23:33
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And I thought that I was the only "careful" person on here. "Not tight y'ken, just careful"

Yes, contact adhesives seem to to do the job Found that acrylics were too stiff, and soon failed.


Robin Graham19/08/2018 20:32:28
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I've not had too much luck with contact adhesives myself, but Gorilla glue (the polyurethane stuff which foams slightly as it cures) works very well provided you don't mind trimming off the excess which squidges out as it cures.


Mick B120/08/2018 13:20:27
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 16/08/2018 18:49:14:


Why is it 'name' (Slazenger) trainers don't last any longer than cheapies?


Same reason that Chinese lathes work as well as Myfords etc.... devillaugh

Martin Kyte20/08/2018 13:47:59
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Titebond PVA works well for clogs.


mechman4820/08/2018 16:18:20
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Posted by Martin Kyte on 20/08/2018 13:47:59:

Titebond PVA works well for clogs.


Aye; 'appen them clogs did ah 'reet on t' cobbles when I wer a lad an me granda' used t' wear 'em, solid wood, wi' hob nails in t' soles, sum 'ad what we called 'oss shoes on 'em, when walkin' 'cross 'ot sheets in t' plate mill, eeh bah gum them's wer' days them wer devil face 20


Tim Stevens20/08/2018 17:36:13
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Them 'oss shoes was called Clog Irons by them in't know, sithee


Sherlock22/08/2018 21:54:51
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I've tried many of the stuff listed here, for a sole of some work boots.. All did not hold up too well for a decent enough period of time, So I, Like you was searching for something better... In my research somebody (relative of an old cobbler) swears by a flexible Cyanoacrylate.... Not tried yet, but I intend to.

Gordon W23/08/2018 10:53:37
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Just for those trying for the first time- Make sure you have all the clamps and packing etc. ready for use, some glues set very quickly. For best results you will need two or three clamps, packing /pressure pads on sole side, packing on the inside bottom, and packing on the shoe outside top. All depends on the shoe design and the clamps being used. check and test before using the glue. Sorry for egg sucking instructions.

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