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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    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.
     
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    Drinkwaters Senior member

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    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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    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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    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.

    Bic
     

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