Shoe repair guide: Resoling

Our shoes are always in use, trekking through asphalt, treading over mud and taking on sand and concrete. This constant use causes wear and tear and even the sturdiest shoes tend to give-in over time. This series of articles aims to arm you with the knowledge to recognise what is wrong with your shoes and gain the ability to fix them. Just like you visit a shoe laundry service when your shoes are too dirty to clean yourself, you can always visit a cobbler to fix severe damage. This guide will help you preserve your favourite shoes for as long as possible.

Reasons for resoling

The sole is the most important part of the shoe. Recognising the right time to resole your shoes prevents permanent damage. Here are signs of sole damage that let you know when your shoes need to be resoled:

  • The sole starts to thin.
  • The sole feels spongy or weak.
  • Uneven weathering of the sole.
  • Water damage.
  • Upper part of the shoe splitting from the midsole.
  • A hole appearing at the bottom of the shoe.

Advantages of resoling

Resoling your shoes professionally would cost you half as much as buying a new pair. Investing in the material required to resole the shoes will allow you to do so 10 times over without any more investment. Even if you decide to put that pair of shoes to rest after a few resoles you still have the materials, tools and skills to fix many more shoes. Just follow the resoling process below to keep your favourite shoes healthy for as long as you want.

Resoling process

The first step to resoling shoes is to flatten them with a grinder or shoe sander. Once the sole has been flattened, place it on the resoling material and trace the base onto the material with a marker or pen as closely as possible. Cut around the outline with a sharp knife, leaving a little extra around the edges of your new sole. Use industrial glue to stick the sole to the shoe. Be sure to wear a mask and use the glue in a well-ventilated area as industrial glue contains epoxy and can damage the lungs and other organs. The next step is to apply glue on the surfaces that you will be sticking together. Once the glue has been applied allow it to dry. Do not stick the glue while still wet as this causes the glue to lose strength faster and the shoe to fall apart quicker. Next, carefully align both sides and stick them together. Wear the shoes and walk around a bit to allow the new sole to latch on properly. Cut off the excess edges from the material and give it another sanding as a finishing touch. The shoes are now perfectly safe to wear outside, lend them to a friend or have a shoe cleaning service clean them without worry.

Apart from resoling, the need to replace heels, patch cuts, restitch and redye the colour might also emerge over time. Just like you rely on Spin N Press for all your dry-cleaning services and requirements, feel free to consult a professional for your shoe repair queries.


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