Hey there! I was wondering if you guys knew anything about fixing shoes- I have a nice pair of work boots that are perfectly fine, aside from the wear of the fabric behind my heel. It gives me blisters, but I’m sure that if I knew how to patch it properly these could last me several more years.
Ouch, blisters suck! Let's have a look.
Mending worn-out shoes
Do you mean the lining at the heel of a shoe?
(Image source) [ID: close-up on the inside of the back of a sneaker. The white lining has a large hole in it, revealing the material below it.]
This bit of fabric tends to develop holes for a lot of people: as we walk, our heel rubs against it which causes it to wear out. Luckily, it's pretty easy to patch up.
Instructables has a good tutorial on how to mend holes at the heel of a shoe.
Get a scrap of fabric that's slightly bigger than the hole. Make sure to pick a fabric that's comfortable to you, as your heel will be rubbing against it a lot. If the material behind the hole is very rough, you could also add a layer of soft material (e.g. fleece) between your patch and the back of your shoe to cushion this part of your boot, but this is optional.
Get some fabric glue and glue your patch across the hole.
The next step's up to you: you could leave it like that, or you could sew your patch to the surrounding lining to make it more durable. This might involve some awkward hand positions: a curved needle can make this process easier, if you happen to have one lying around.
If you're working with boots or other shoes that are higher than your average pair of sneakers, sewing your patch might prove difficult as you have to be able to reach into the shoe. In this scenario, just glueing on your patch might be a better option.
(Image source) [ID: close-up on the inside of the heel of a pair of shoes. A denim patch has been sewn over a hole in the lining at the back.]
Fixing the lining in the back of a shoe is pretty easy! It might require some awkward angles, but the process itself is simple.
If you have trouble fixing this issue on your own, check if you have a cobbler near you. They might be able to mend your lining for you, and their fee will probably be lower than a new pair of shoes.
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My family has a small shoe repair business that’s in need of help.
here’s the go fund me link
For the last 40 years Terry’s Shoe Repair has been helping the community get back on their feet. This year Covid shut-downs have drastically affected our customer base and business flow, leaving us in dire straights. Last year Terry had fought (and won!) an unfortunate battle with Cancer, leaving us without much savings for 2020. What little we did have is now gone and relief is still eluding us.
I know this year has been hard for everyone. If you can give even a small amount it will help. Even if all you can do is repost this, your help is beyond appreciated. My parents have no money for rent and don’t qualify for unemployment. Their landlords for both their home -and- business are demanding payments in full and refuse to negotiate.
I really REALLY appreciate anything you guys can do to help.
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DIY Boot Sole Repair
So I have massive cracks in my favorite steel toes and I decided to fix them today.
Step 1: Scub off dirt in leftover shower water.
Step 2: Grab glue from stockpile. Internet said that any kinda superglue would work and I happened to have this Gorilla glue on hand (Soda Approved™)
Step 3: Glue cracks together. The soles of these boots are pretty thick so I repurposed an old popsicle stick to shove the glue in. I also used a pie box to contain the glue mess and keep it off the floor.
Step 4: Let glue dry and enjoy my repaired boots!
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I HATE (planned) obsolescence. I hate it.
To be fair, I found these boots in a dumpster, sitting neatly in the middle of the empty container's floor. Someone had worn them a few times before tossing, as evidenced by the wax the previous owner rubbed all over the 'leather'. The insides weren't even worn out but they'd been with someone. I wore these things and put them to good use before I noticed the sole literally ripped/cracked. Took me long enough to finally bust out the e6000 and sacrifice over 2 hours of my life to see what I could do. I've used the same thing I used to fix my sandal.
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✨Help a Butch small business owner out! Okay so I don't like to ebeg, but I'm trying to start my own shoe repair business and could use a little help!✨
After a horrible cobbler apprenticeship experience, I have decided to start my own business in shoe shine and repair! I am in the process of setting up my online shop and gathering supplies, but I'm running a bit short on $. My venmo is Emily-Stevens-01!
Anyone that donates at least $5 will get to a free clean & shine!
✨ ✨✨✨ Services I offer:
Shoe shine and cleaning
Historic/retro shoe restoration
Sneaker & canvas cleaning
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20 year man fixing shoes for free
20 year man fixing shoes for free
HO CHI MINH CITY’S – 20 years of opening a shoe repair shop is also the same year that Huynh Thanh Tuan received thousands of poor workers across Saigon for free.
At noon, a small alley on Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, District 3, is empty. Without customers, Mr. Tuan rearranged about a dozen old shoes people brought and put them on the closet to give to the poor.
A small shoe repair shop located…
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Hey! First of all I'd just like to thank you for this blog, it's given me ideas for a lot of new projects that I'd like to start and helpful tips for how to make my clothes last longer. I'm not sure if this is a question you've answered before or not, but do you know how to fix a boot where the top has become separated from the sole? This has happened to every pair of boots I've ever owned, and I'm never sure how to repair them.
Glad to hear this blog has inspired you! :)
I've talked about upcycling shoes and mending Converses before, but I don't think I've discussed this particular topic yet.
Last time that happened to a shoe of mine, I fixed them with super glue which held pretty well.
If you're not sure what glue to try and you've got access to North-American glue brands, check out This to That, a website dedicated to glue advice. This list of shoe repair glues might also be helpful. Ask around at your local craft store if you can't decide on which one to use.
This shoe repair tutorial by Frugal Upstate shows how to reglue the top of your boot to the sole.
If all fails, you could always take your boots to a shoe repair store.
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A little part of shoes collection of our great client from Canada: Mr. A.L. Would you like to become one of our customers? For any question: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Gonna share a quick little shoe-saving life hack with you...
So I have a beloved pair of shoes. I got them secondhand, and they used to squeak every time I took a step, but once we got that little problem out, I loved them. They’re skater shoes, and I have the laces loosened just how I like them, and they’re the most comfortable shoes I own.
I nearly had to throw them away a couple years ago, because on the inside where my heel rubbed against the back of the shoe, the fabric had all worn away and gone all ragged, exposing the rubbery inside stuff.
I was cranky about it, until I decided that shoddy shoemaking wasn’t going to stop me from enjoying my favorite shoes. I considered slapping duct tape on it, until I remembered I had some moleskin for blisters lying around.
This stuff, right here. I got that box on Amazon for... maybe eight bucks, and it got me a big roll of it, but you can also get it as a single sheet about the size of your hand. Anyway, you stick the moleskin on your skin wherever you’ve got a sore spot, and it cuts down on the friction that can lead to blisters. And it sticks really well, so I figured it would at least buy me a little time with my favorite shoes.
You know what it bought me? Three years.
That grayish-tan patch there is some moleskin I stuck on there as I was going out the door, and it’s been there ever since. It worked perfectly, and I’ve never once had to replace it. When my other shoe had the same problem, I slapped some moleskin on it, and went on with my life in my comfy shoes.
I also did this when a pair of shoes I just got from my internet friend (they’re GORGEOUS, Adra painted them for me, and I’d tag her but I really don’t think she wants to be permanently linked to my shoe repair post....) misbehaved. The thin fabric lining on the bottom of the shoe peeled right out, exposing the glue that was supposed to be keeping the lining in there. MOLESKIN TO THE RESCUE!
Shoe functionality restored, glue no longer sticking to my foot and driving me BAT CRAP CRAZY!
Now, this life hack isn’t pretty, obviously. But this is a blog where we embrace tacky solutions and illogical attachments to secondhand shoes.
So get out there and save your shoes, my loves! Don’t let poor workmanship get you down!
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Shoe Repair (Black Cat).
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I love my shoes too much to get rid of them simply because I've worn holes into the heels. I've worn these all throughout highschool and am still planning to do so as an adult. Further learning the importance of being able to repurpose things and reducing consumption inspired be to buy some round sewing needles and see what good I could do. After many days of work 1 shoe is finally done! On to the next!
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UK friends, preferably Wales, can you help a gal out and recommend a good cobbler/professional for Louboutin repairs?
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Shoe repair, Madison St., Lower East Side between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, ca. 1940s.
Photo: Rebecca Lepkoff
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Zapatería Mazatlán Sinaloa México
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