My wife's boot heel is worn through the rubber to the leather.
If I replace the last layer of leather on the heel (it's pretty
thick as there are about 10 layers, so I'd guess 1/8th inch)
and the rubber pad, I'd be a hero.
Where can we mail order this thick boot heel leather and
rubber pads to cut to size?
Any experience repairing boot heels?
I'm dismayed with that answer.
How many of you here are wholly incapable of replacing
a boot heel, such that you've never done it?
Isn't this a *repair* group?
Don't you "repair" things?
I guess it's not "home" repair, pe se, so you guys must be all into
contruction, I guess, so I apologize for asking here.
Looking around for a real repair group, I only saw scientific equipment
repair, which this isn't.
Is there some other group that repairs stuff "in" the home that
I can ask instead?
On Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:12:54 -0400, Dan Espen wrote:
I wouldn't call leather and rubber "special" tools.
I just need a good source, hopefully scavenged from somewhere (like an
old catcher's mitt).
The wife loves it when I fix things without going to the store, but this
one is going to be harder, since none of us have a simple three inch
section of leather and rubber lying around the house anymore.
What has become of us.
Have we all devolved into being *consumers* now?
Nobody repairs anymore?
Good thing I didn't refer to leather as a tool.
First you ask for a source for boot leather.
No one has any answers, but you assert that the leather is not special.
Any boot heel I've seen is a chunk of hard rubber, or a stack of pretty
thick leather all glued together. Google can find that stuff, but it
won't be at Home Depot.
Some people go to shoe repair shops.
Most just throw out their shoes when they break.
You appear to be special.
Which shows you know little about cobblers and have
poor reading comprehension.
I assume you don't have a last. Or even know what a last
is and what is used for. How do you intend to join your
new heel to the shoe? pegs? nails? adhesive?
Have you tried thrift shops?
Silly questions. Particularly when based on responses from
_this_ usenet group which contains mostly useless and
poorly considered polemics.
...as opposed to a stupid question and the OP's penchant for railing
against those who can't help her?
This poster comes in asking for help, then slams the group cuz they
don't know more than she does. Talk about troll bait.
On 07/07/2015 10:59 AM, Karlheinz Fenstermacher wrote:
I am pretty good when it comes to fixing things and usually do a fully
functional (though not elegant) repair.
I'd sure you could fix your wife's shoe but I'd be surprised if your
wife would like it.
There are still expert shoe repair craftsmen who would fix it 100% to
your wife's satisfaction.
Just get it done right and it will save your marriage.
On Tue, 7 Jul 2015 15:59:29 +0000 (UTC), Karlheinz Fenstermacher
Don't judge the group by one answer. but otoh a shoe repairman will have
the heel already and it will take him ten minutes to put it on (even
though he will charge like it took longer. You would have to look all
over the place just to find the heel that fits, or a right knife to cut
a big one with.
Plus you say it needs leather too. I coudlnt' follow that. Leather
under the rubber heel? I have no idea where you would get just the
right leather to use there. Except at a shoe repair store, which
might for a premium, sell you materials and let you try to do it
yourself. I don't even consider paying for most repairs but shoe
repair is a real trade and most know their stuff.
In my family we've been going to shoe repairmen for 70 years or more.
We were damn poor until 1915 or 1930 (depending on which side of the
family) so maybe not then or some of the 30 years after then. Like
having the right tool for the job, having the right repairman for the
job is also a good idea.
Do a Google search for "cobbler supplies". You'll find a number of
businesses online who sell supplies for repairing shoes; leather, new
heels, etc. Of course, they usually sell to cobblers so you'll need to
buy items in quantity.
Believe me, I am the guy who always tries to fix something myself rather
than pay someone else to do it. Even if it takes longer or costs more, I
do it for the knowledge and personal satisfaction. However, even for
someone like me there's a point where the end goal isn't worth the
For example, something like replacing tires on automobile wheels. Yeah, I
could buy the tools and do it myself, but it's faster and cheaper to pay
the shop to do it. I only need to do it once every few years, so it
doesn't make sense to do it myself. It's one of the rare things I pay
others to do.
Could I repair a shoe? Sure, with a little study and the right tools and
supplies, I'm as capable as anyone. But by the time I've bought the
tools, ordered the supplies, and learned how to use them, I could have
bought new shoes for less money and a lot less effort.
While you can still find a cobbler (shoe repair person), it's not a big
industry. In most cases, it's a small mom and pop shop that have done
this for years. I doubt many young people are choosing to be a cobbler as
a career these days.
My wife has taken shoes to a local cobbler a couple of times. He has the
right tools and supplies, and the knowledge and experience to do the job
quickly. Still, while the repair cost was quite low, it still cost more
to fix the shoe than she paid for them. It was more because she liked the
shoes than a rational decision.
If you plan to become a cobbler, or even repair shoes routinely for your
family and friends, by all means do it yourself. If you're just trying to
save a buck or make your wife proud, there are better ways to that goal.
If you still insist on doing it yourself, and don't want to order 10
heels online, stop by your local cobbler and see if he'll sell you the
supplies you need.
Either that or make a pair of flip-flops from an old tire and some
Good luck, and have fun.
On Wed, 8 Jul 2015 04:16:22 +0000 (UTC), HerHusband
LOL. I can relate to that. In college I "fixed" an electric
percolator, by buying the missing parts, even though I think it cost
more than a new percolator and even though I don't drink coffee.
All I learned is what's inside one. So I've controlled myself a
little, but I"m still the way you are.
It's interesting that everyone here seems to agree on this
I've glued the sole onto sneakers. The first time I used while
silicone sealant, because it looked like what had crumbled, but it
didn't stick well, and more kept crumbling. On this pair, I just used
contract cement. I only managed to glue the middle of the sole but it's
been weeks of wearing them every day and it's holding well. When it
fails, I'll redo it, trying harder to get the outsde of the bottom and
the part that runs a centimeter up the sides of the shoe.
When I was looking for little rubber bands, to tighten the arms on my
eyeglasses (and not pay the exorbitant price they charge in an "eyeglass
repair kit", complete with a little screwdriver, I found a dental supply
company online that sold me just one bag of 100 little rubber bands for
a couple dollars and shippping was only a couple dollars. I was
surprised they didnt' have a minimum order. The piano supply store I
looked at had a 35 or maybe 50 dollar minimum to avoid shipping charges,
which are otherwise pretty high. That's more typical.
youtookthe expensive route/
most glass shops at least around here will fix anyones glasses for free, all sorts of minor repairs gratis. they do this in the hope the please person buys glasses from them in the future..
Not in my case, because mine were only reading glasses from the dollar
store. Even if I could give him the impression that I also have
prescription glasses, I'm not going to do that.
I needed the rubber bands for plastic frames, that in the dollar version
get lose soon. I like the ones with plastic frames because they don't
have those nose pads whose arms catch on my hair when I put the glasses
above my eyes and I need a haircut, but eventually I gave up on those
because not only do they get weak and not squeeze my head, they break
soon after that. So I buy the metal ones that last much longer, and
whose arms can be bent in when they lose their grip. (And I've
learned how to keep my hair out of the nosepad arms, most of the time.)
Of course they are all designed for women and so they are a trifle too
narrow for my head and that's why they break. One day they had ones
makered WIDE, and they worked better. I think that's what I'm using
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