Originally Posted by gsgleason
I recently got some #8 shell Indy boots with commando sole from the shoe mart.
The commando sole is separating from the leather portion between the stitching and the edge.
Is this expected? Should I be concerned? Should I get some adhesive to attach them?
I don't consider this a flaw and put it in the "to be expected" category. We ask a lot of our glue, and when you repeatedly flex it in heat, cold, dust and moisture, it tends to fail. Simple contact cement is what any cobbler would use, and I have touched up my commandos where they have separated a few times. SOP applies: clean and abrade both surfaces with emory board or sandpaper. Apply thin coat of rubber cement, and let dry until quite tacky. ( I maintain the gap with something like a screwdriver tip). Join surfaces with pressure. Done, handyman.