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post #1 of 10 Old 12-02-2013, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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repairing my boot sole

I had a blow out on my alpine stars goretex boots. the sole on my left one separated and now hangs like a duck bill. shoe repair shops are very rare these days so what and how do you guys fix them?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-02-2013, 12:27 PM
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2 words - GORILLA GLUE

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-02-2013, 12:47 PM
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Because of the investment of the boot (mine are $400 bucks) I use a local cobbler to do repairs. My local cobbler is Bear Shoe Works in Superior, Wisonsin. They have repaired expensive wading boots for me as well as resole others. Much cheaper than the replacement cost. Using glue may work temporarily but would hate to have a problem away from home.

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-02-2013, 01:46 PM
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If you cannot locate a cobbler, find a saddle shop, they can glue and stitch it back together. If you have no other choice, place screws around the tip of the sole about 2" apart. This is commonly found on fire boots (Whites) where stitching and glue do not hold up to the heat.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-02-2013, 07:14 PM
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I think the glue of choice is "barge glue."

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-02-2013, 09:28 PM
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have used barge cement on every type of boot out there, hiking boots, climbing boots, my Birkenstock. always holds up nicely.

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post #7 of 10 Old 12-02-2013, 09:55 PM
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I once used a bead of Liquid Nails to effect a field-expedient repair. The cobbler complained about its adhesive strength when I took the footwear to him for a proper repair. Based on his feedback, I'd actually caution against using construction adhesive unless no other option is available or practical.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-04-2013, 02:48 PM
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The old standby is Barge Cement. That is likely what a cobbler or saddle maker will use.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-04-2013, 06:01 PM
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I think you can send them back to Alpinestar.

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-05-2013, 12:26 AM
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