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Iroh's Guides #2: Adding a rubber sole to leather-soled dress shoes.

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Edited by iroh - 12/26/11 at 2:44am
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It doesn't look like a particularly neat method/ end result.
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Originally Posted by edmorel 
look forward to your undies repair guide.
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You might want a sharper knife. Looks like you trimmed the soles with a broadsword in the last pic.
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Trollolol. First, using a kitchen knife for plastic surgery on an expensive pair of shoes is a bad idea, a razor blade or Xacto knife is the appropriate instrument here. Second, it would have looked much better to make a pattern, just inside the stitching, and cut the rubber before putting it on the shoe.

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What they lack in expertise they make up for in unsightliness.
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The next time my local cobbler quotes me $25 to put on Toppys I will send him a link to this thread. I'd rather save the $11 and do it myself thank you.
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Hello, Reev.
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OP, I would have left the rubber stick-on soles completely untrimmed after adhesion. Not only would this have left the clean factory edge to the stick-on soles intact, but the result would have made the shoes look indistinguishable from a pair of really sweet Allen-Edmonds.
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^^^^^^ Effective fly paper as well ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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Well I guess that's one way to do it. Could be worse, I suppose.
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

Well I guess that's one way to do it. Could be worse, I suppose.

I suppose he could have shit on his shoes afterward!
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looks good man. Considering you used a kitchen knife, that looks great
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Er, that doesn't look finished at all. Some additional steps that I do:
  • Prep shoe base by cleaning & abrading.
  • Glue to both surfaces, not just one.
  • Hammer & clamp
  • Grind/sand
  • Wax/paint
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