Boot sole flappin' in the breeze? It's happened to me a few times, after overzealous boot drying by a campfire softened the sole glue. Fortunately, there's an easy fix.
First, you'll need some tape and a high-quality waterproof glue like SeamGrip, Freesole, or Barge Cement. Then:
- Peel the sole back as far as it willingly goes.
- Wipe the sole and boot bottom with a dry cloth or sandpaper and let them air dry. Dry them by a stove or fire if you must, but be very careful not to overheat the old glue or even more of the sole will delaminate.
- Following the glue manufacturer's instructions, slather on the goop, then carefully smooth the sole onto the boot.
- Press the boot on a flat surface to smooth out lumpy spots, then tape the sole to the boot. Pile rocks on top of the boot to apply even pressure to the seal.
- Let the glue dry overnight or longer.
- Remove the rocks and tape. The repaired sole just might last as long as the original should have.