Friday, May 14, 2010

Quick Question

Footwear Woes

I wore the vintage clogs I thrifted last week out today. A friend and I took our little girls to the park. The good news is I really like 'em and they were way more comfortable and easy to walk in than I had imagined they’d be, until…


While trudging through the hot sand at the playground, I started to feel it spraying up behind me with each step, you know the way it does at the beach when you’re wearing flip flops, and looked down to find the back ends of the rubber layers on the bottoms of both clogs flapping about to my dismay :(

It looks like a pretty easy glue fix, but my question is whether anyone has advice on what sort of glue would be best for reattaching the rubber sole to the wooden platform. Is crazy glue not the best idea?

Happy weekend!

25 comments:

angelina maria rodrigues wise said...

ohhh nooo. bummer cause those clogs are great! you have to find a way to save them. what about that gorilla glue? that's some pretty strong stuff....or christian just recommended something called "shoe goo". if you can find it. he thinks he's seen it at skate shops before....they are wooden? so cute.

...love Maegan said...

what a bummer ...rubber cement may do the trick ...but put something heavy on them to dry ..or, like above, shoe goo ...but rubber cement is the same color at least. {they may have an industrial strength version}

Sienna said...

I've used Shoe Goo on all my "outdoor adventure" shoes. It works great on synthetic materials but I'm not sure how it will work with wood. Ask your local cobbler!

flaming hag folkwear said...

cobblers are the best (i love a man who can fix my old boots!), but i also have had success fixing and joining just about anything imaginable with E6000 (available at many a craft and bead store amongst inferior glues).

kate said...

I take my wood clogs to my sober-harley-davidson-for-Jesus cobbler. He charges me a lot ($14-$30!!) for glue/rubber...but if I love the shoes andI got them for under $5, I'm guessing it's worth it--plus i'm helping the man stay clean, right? I've been wearing wood soled clogs since college. I'm addicted. I treied to get used to danskos, but they feel too loose and squishy. Yours are awesome. If the suggested glues don't work, I think paying a pro is worth it.

Lisa said...

I bought some shoe glue at target a couple of months ago but have yet to try it. seems like it will work.

hillary said...

Totally Shoe Goo! I've always bought it at the cobbler's but maybe regular stores have it too. Or the cobbler can glue them back on fairly cheaply.

Manja said...

Your outfit is amazing!
I use my hot glue gun to fix about anything, haha

Franca said...

oooh, sad! I've always used superglue to stick shoes back together, and it usually works fine, though I always end up with it not coming off my fingers for days. Am intrigued by the shoe good stuff!

Ashlee said...

my boyfriend (an avid skater in his high school days) recommends shoe goo!

that happened to me awhile back...while i was visiting the wetlands just over the golden gate. they are near a residential neighborhood and a construction worker kindly gave me a big piece of duct tape. ha.

Violet Folklore said...

Wow, lots of good advice here! I just use superglue on my shoes, it always works fine. But yeah for wood sounds like something stronger may be needed.

Mamushka Marie said...

i say, see a cobbler ;) you could glue them but if not done properly, it may just wind up happening again...can't even begin to tell you how many times this has happened to me!
xo,
claire
m a m u s h k a m a r i e

Shell said...

E-6000. I use that stuff on everything. I've even seen people use it to glue pieces of glass together. I use it for my jewelry stuff and once it settles (I usually glue mine before I go to bed) it is stuck together. I've used it to stick a heel back on a pair of shoes I had and it worked great.

Andrea said...

Oh, no! Once I had a heel fall off a green summer sandal which was embarrassing and I had to hobble around the uni campus :) I'd use Superglue! or else take it to the local shoe repair place.

MOUSEVOX VINTAGE said...

I've used gorilla glue to repair shoes before, but you have to be really careful with it, as it expands when it dries. It will definitely hold anything in place for pretty much forever, though.

Reneesance said...

I'd suggest the shoe goo or a cobbler as well. if you use the goo apply a thin layer to both the shoe and the sole then let them dry to tackyness (up to five minutes) Then stick them together and apply pressure, some C clamps or just standing in them should do the trick. Apply the pressure for a few minutes then let them dry overnight before wearing them again :)

Hippie Frou Frou said...

oh no! i had this happen to some shoes once and just took them to a professional...very cheap and they worked miracles! good luck!

great little shoulder purse by the way!

jess s//

Chloe - Toxxic.Angel said...

Aw, how funny too! I love the camera case too btw. I would recomend the best thing, dont use hot glue lol, i fixed a pair of shoes with wooden chunks and the glue ate through my shoes, so I would recomend going to a craft boutique and ask someone there!

Who knows, you may find a nice glue while thrifting! :)

XOXO; Chloe

BushStNews said...

Hi Missa,

There is a cobbler on South A st down near Julliard park.

Dee said...

Take 'em to the cobbler. Why mess around? If you love them that much and plan to wear them forever, it's worth going to the cobbler to at least find out how much he would charge you and even if they are worth the investment. In the long run, you will save yourself $$. I wear the wooden sole clogs from Sweden (name begins with a "T") that alas, I had to buy new, but I've had them for seven years. Recently, the rubber soles on my black pair started to fall apart. Brought them to my cobbler who will add a new foam rubber bottom on them for less than a 1/3 of what I paid for them new. Definitely worth it to me.

Alexa said...

I too recommend a cobbler. And I just have to say, I love clogs more than life itself.

Peldyn said...

If you don't go to the cobbler then use E6000. It will work like a charm!

Andrea said...

ahh! this has been a persistent problem for me & thrift store shoes. I've tried many store bought glues including crazy, tacky, and gorilla glue, all without success. However, given these are wooden clogs where the rubber attaches too, you may have more luck with wood glue? You may also take them to a cobbler, I'm sure they have some special glue and likely a cheap fix. Whichever you try do let me know.

IngridSuperstar said...

Try epoxy glue. It smells like paint thinner until it dries but it works excellently.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_i5amhUfKQNg/S7kUbXxWJYI/AAAAAAAAAMw/q0-dltim4Uo/s400/DSC_4613.JPG

I attached these bottle caps to my leather bag with it and they are S-O-L-I-D. You'll probably have to get it at a hardware store.

Shannon Mcniel said...

Multipurpose glue is a good choice for quick fixes. But if you want to make it bond permanently, you can use cyanoacrylate adhesive, which is also known as Super Glue. It has a strong hold so that it can last almost permanently. But you must be careful in using this. Simply dot a small amount as the thicker it is, the longer it could dry.

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