My husband goes through so many pairs of shoes it absolutely ridiculous. Our closet by the front door is over-flowing with old shoes which are still good for the most part but have worn down, broken soles and cracks in the rubber. I honestly can't stand opening that closet and having to deal with the avalanche that always spills from it – but that's for another post. A couple months ago my husband finally decided to buy a new pair of dress shoes to wear to his office. Unfortunately these new shoes recently developed a crack in the rubber sole allowing leaks inside. We picked up something that we've never tried before called “Shoe Goo“ with the hope that we could repair and save the new shoes.
I followed the instructions on the package and filled the crack in the sole of the the shoe and let it dry for about 24 hours as required for the “goo” to cure properly. I found that it was easiest to spread the goo using a couple tooth picks. The application of the product was simple enough but I found it difficult to hold the crack of the shoe close enough together for the bonded site to be “invisible” or less noticeable. The leather of the shoe was also coming away from the sole so I had to put some goo in between there as well. Once the goo dried the crack in the sole opened up a little but still seemed bonded together. Next time I use this maybe putting some kind of weight on it while it dries might help?
Once the goo was applied there was quite a mess on the outside of the repair location but I'm hoping it won't be too noticeable since we used the transparent variety – I'm not too sure about that though. 🙁 I read online somewhere that there is a way to remove some of the excess dried goo from the surface but I will have to do some more research.
So far I'm impressed with the products bonding ability however not so impressed with the messy look this gives the shoe. Maybe I did something wrong? Maybe I used too much? I will have to get back to you on a final opinion of the “Shoe Goo” once my husband has had an opportunity to wear them for a few weeks – and I figure out a way to remove the messy excess!
Please stay tuned for part 2!