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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?

Question:

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!

1 Comment

  1. John

    I bought my Salomon boots as they came highly recommended, they were the most comfortable boots that I had ever worn, very light and giving good confidence on steep ground. A joy to wear all day with one pair of socks and great for hot weather walking in Crete, brilliant, would have awarded 5 stars. There is a but and it is a big one, they are falling apart after less than three years and they can not be repaired. The mid sole unit is de-naturing and crumbling away and as a result the sole and the uppers which are both in good condition are no longer joined together. A bit of digging about and it is obvious that the problem is not unique to me, LSR told me that it is common for this to happen and that they can not be repaired. I received a rude and unhelpful response from Salomon UK, ” they are out of guarantee, buy some new boots” and ” you must have walked through some acid “. I contacted Salomon directly and whilst being pleasant and polite the result was the same. Now I think that boots of this price should last longer than 2.5 years, there is obviously no good will or importance placed on customer satisfaction at Salomon. I will buy some new boots but they won’t be made by Salomon, nor will anything else that I buy in the future.

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