As the leading shoe repair experts, we don’t generally recommend DIY shoe repair. But if you must resole solo, we thought we’d at least provide a template. Follow these steps to try your hand at cobbling.
Clean those shoes! Make sure you remove any mud, grease, gum, or other debris stuck to the sole of your shoe. Then let dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Prepare the soles. You may need some special equipment for this step, such as a belt sander or a disk sander and some very coarse grit. A rasp or file may work as well. If the old soles have pulled away from the insoles, cut off any loose sole material with a razor knife.
Adhere new soles. This step is dependent on the type of new sole you want to adhere to your old shoes. Some new soles are self-adhering, and don’t require any additional glue. If the new soles are not self-adhering, that’s where the shoe glue comes into play. Follow the manufacturer’s directions specified by the brand of adhesive you have. When you’re ready, press the new sole onto the prepared old sole. It is important to ensure that the new sole is fully adhered and has made full surface contact. It goes without saying that the new sole must be positioned correctly, as it cannot be changed after adhering.
Put on your shoes. Walk around for several minutes. This will help solidify the new sole bond that your shoe has.
Trim off extra material. Use a utility or razor knife to trim off any excess composition material around the soles. After cutting the excess, smooth the edges with a file or a rasp. Just make sure not to scuff up your new refurbished shoes. This concludes your resole!
We wish you the best on your shoe repair journey. If you follow our steps, you have a good chance of effective sole replacement. When all else fails, we’re here to help.