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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by iroh, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. iroh

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    It doesn't look like a particularly neat method/ end result.
     
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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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    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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    Well, the execution was a smidge crude, but the concept is sound. I have never seen soles like that around here available for retail sale, just the little plastic/nylon toe and heel taps.
     
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    Didn't realize it was that simple to put them on. My cobbler charges me $30 for them, but it looks like he cuts out a thin layer of the leather sole?

    Based on your pics, I didn't realize the topy has such a taper so maybe he just glues it on?
     
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