Question on Gluing a Shoe Sole

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JohnMS, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. JohnMS

    JohnMS Senior member

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    Feb 20, 2004
    I have a relatively new pair of Allen-Edmonds Canton shoe, which has a vibram mini-lug sole. At the tip of the shoe, the rubber is coming apart from the leather portion of the shoe. I know I can send them back to AE for repair, but has anyone tried a really good rubber cement or similar product to glue a shoe sole? The area is very minor, but will probably get bigger with wear.
  2. Drinkwaters

    Drinkwaters Senior member

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    Nov 1, 2004
    Cambridge, MA
    You can try rubber cement with good results only if you follow these sugestions. First, open the area back alittle more than it is now and clean both surfaces thoroughly, a little alcohol on a q-tip will help. Allow to dry and wedge a pencil or something narrow between both surfaces to keep them separated. Apply rubber cement to both surfaces and allow them to dry to a tacky surface, then remove your wedge and press both together. This should hold till you get to a cobbler and have him put two or three tacks at the tip to prevent separation again.
  3. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Aug 7, 2004
    I had the same problem with my chili Stockbridges. I had my cobbler ("shoe repairman" is probably more contemporary and precise) glue the sole back in place. He didn't use any nails, and I haven't had any problems since then. I rather regret not having bought the Canton while I had the chance. A nice-looking shoe, but I can't afford to buy the whole A-E line, past and present.
  4. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    May 1, 2002
    There is something called "Shoe Goo."  I believe its primary purpose is for use in building up the back of a worn down rubber heel, but the tube may also recommend it for use on glueing shoe heels.

    I used it a long long time ago on tennis shoes, but can't make any recommendation on whether it is appropriate for your Allen Edmonds.

    I'd recommend sending them back to A E, especially since the shoes are relatively new, and because you anticipate that the area will get bigger with wear.


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