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March 12th, 2008

How to resole a pair of shoes

Another helpful tip from our pals over at eHow:

It is a terrible feeling when you realize your favorite shoes have worn
out soles. However, you don’t need to throw the shoes out or pay to
have them resoled; you can resole them yourself with a few quick tips.



Things You’ll Need:

  • Dishwashing soap
  • Utility knife
  • Self-sticking soles or soles with shoe-repair contact cement
  • File
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • New heel
  • Shoe-repair contact cement
  • Panel nails
  • Hammer
  • File

To Resole the Shoes

                    Step 1:
Clean the soles of the shoes to remove all dirt and grease. Dishwashing soap mixed with water will probably be the best cleaner.

                    Step 2:
Cut off the old soles with a utility knife.

                    Step 3:
Scuff the area where you cut off the soles with a file so the new sole adheres.

                    Step 4:
Stick either self-sticking soles onto the shoe or apply a shoe-repair contact cement and glue the new sole onto the shoe.

                    Step 5:
Walk around in the shoes to help the soles adhere.

                    Step 6:
Trim any extra bits of the new sole with a utility knife. If needed, use your file to smooth gently any rough edges.

To Resole the Heels

                    Step 1:
Pull off the old heels with a screwdriver. Remove any nails, if needed, using pliers.

                    Step 2:
Use shoe-repair contact cement on the new heel to make it stick.

                    Step 3:
Apply 3 to 5 panel nails with a hammer to make sure the heel stays in
place. Space the nails about 3/8 of an inch away from the edge of the

                    Step 4:
Smooth any rough edges with your file.



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