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Boot Repair Via Duct Tape

A few weeks ago, I was going to go geocaching. When I went to put my boots on, the sole started to come apart from the heel. It wasn't just a minor separation, it was really coming off. Because the sole was glued, not stitched, it wasn't worth attempting a repair via the shoe repair shop.

Instead of throwing them away, last night, I pulled out my trusty roll of duct tape and repaired them myself. Until I wear off some of the tape from the bottom of the boot, it's a bit slippery -- I've removed most of the traction. But I think that if I wear the boots for a few days, it'll wear off to the point where it's OK.

Regardless, any further use I can get out of these boots keeps me from having to buy another pair soon.

After finishing the boot repair via duct tape, I asked yarbiedoll if there was anything else in the house that needing repairing. I think she was excited to hear my offer until I added "with duct tape." Apparently, there are no pressing duct tapable repairs to be made at Briarcliff right now.


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Jul. 21st, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
"Apparently, there are no pressing duct tapable repairs to be made at Briarcliff right now."

There is no such thing as a non-duct-tapable repair.
Jul. 21st, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
I agree. It just seems that there's nothing pressing here at Briarcliff....
Jul. 21st, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's impressive.

I don't feel so bad about repairing my caching duds (same problem) with a hot glue gun now.
Jul. 21st, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Never feel bad about improvising solutions to problems. And if you manage to improvise something that would make Fred Stanford proud, all the better!
Jul. 21st, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
I repaired an old pair of sneakers a few years ago with duct tape and was happy. I never wore them that much. Then Mom saw them and a week later I had a new pair of Reeboks.

And just the other night I used some epoxy to reattach the sole of a shoe. If I hadn't found the epoxy duct tape would have been used.
Jul. 23rd, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
vasque boots?
are those vasque clairon impact boots? they look exactly like a pair that i have. just curious if they're the same or not. i had the same problem with mine. i wore them for 8 or 9 years with no problems. even took them to philmont. i decided to use them for one winter on the ramp at bwi and it did them in. i had the same problem with the soles coming off. i've thought about writing them to see if they would put a new sole on. hmmm...
Jul. 23rd, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
Re: vasque boots?
Vasque Sundowners. I got them a few years after Philmont -- I grew out of my AWESOME Philmont boots. I used them through the end of high school, and all the camping involved there, throughout college, and I've been out of college for ten years now. The past several years, the boots have seen light usage. So, yeah. Maybe 9 years of wear out of 'em.

My duct tape repair failed miserably yesterday. I'll probably write a post and include some pictures in the next day or two. But the short version is that I spent the final half mile of about five miles of hiking yesterday holding the sole of my left boot in my hand.
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