Boot Separation

The rubber from the sole of my boots is starting to separate from the leather. Is there something I can do to mend this or are my boots toast?
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The rubber from the sole of my boots is starting to separate from the leather. Is there something I can do to mend this or are my boots toast?

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The rubber from the sole of my boots is starting to separate from the leather. Is there something I can do to mend this or are my boots toast? (I LOVE these boots...)

Submitted by - Tim - Cincinnati, OH

Answer:

No, they’re not toast yet. As long as the rest of the boot is in good shape, you can reunite sole with upper using a good glue made for that purpose. I’ve had great luck with both Barge Cement available at most hardware stores and Freesole (mcnett.com). Here’s how to perform the fix:

1) Clean both sides of the delam using an alcohol prep pad from your first aid kit. Let it dry thoroughly.

2) Stuff newspaper into the toe of the boot and insert a filled liter-sized water bottle into the shaft. This helps the boot retain its shape during the curing process.

3) Apply a generous amount of glue to both surfaces. Let it dry for a few minutes until it gets tacky.

4) Reunite the two sides and slide them around a little until they’re perfectly mated. Remove any excess glue using another alcohol pad.

5) Secure the fix with a few wraps of duct tape and let it cure for 48 hours.

6) Remove the duct tape. For extra protection, inject seam sealer into the juncture using a syringe. Let that dry for another night. Your boots should be good for many more miles!