How to Resole Shoes at Home Using Contact Cement and Sole Material

Wearing shoes with worn out soles can be indeed embarrassing and less stylish. Worn out soles also tend to have less traction, hence your chances of slipping can be very high wearing such shoes. Well, you don’t need to be perturbed whenever you notice that the sole of your favorite shoe has worn out.  This is because there is a great solution for you hear on this page, as we take you through a guide on how to resole shoes using contact cement and sole material.

Gather materials needed to resole shoes

The first thing you will have to do before you can resole your shoe is make sure you have at your disposal the items or materials that you will need to resole shoes. We suggest that you gather the following items:

  • Sole material (one that suits your shoe)
  • Knife
  • Contact cement
  • Hand gloves
  • Nose mask
  • Eye goggles
  • Pen or marker
  • Sandpaper, disk or belt sander

Now, if you are done gathering all the requisite items needed to resole shoes, you should take the following step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Smoothen the soles of your shoe

The first step you should take when resoling shoes is to make sure that the soles are very smooth. Some shoes might be thoroughly worn out and might not require additional smoothening. To smoothen you’re the sole of your shoes, you can either use a disk or belt sander.

Step 2: Cut out the shape of your sole from the sole material

The next step involves cutting out the size of your sole from the sole material. To do so, place your shoe on the piece of sole material and trace with a marker or pen the shape of the shoe on the material. After tracing accurately the shape of your shoe on the material, you should then cut out the traced shape using a sharp knife.

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Step 3: Glue the foam to the sole of your shoe

After cutting out the shape of your shoe’s sole from the sole material, you should place it (sole material) at the bottom of your shoe with the help of glue. It is best to use contact cement for sticking the foam to the bottom of your shoes.

However, when using contact cement you should follow the instructions of the manufacturer on the package. Take extra caution when using contact cement, this is because it is a very strong type of glue and can cause a lot of damage if inhaled. So when using contact cement, it is best to wear nose mask so that you do not inhale its (contact cement) very strong smell, wear hand gloves and if possible eye goggles. You should also ensure that you are in a properly ventilated area when working with contact cement.

Step 4: Allow the sole material and sole to properly stick

After you have glued the sole material and sole together, you should allow them to properly stick together. You can place your feet into the shoe and then carefully stamp your feet on the floor so that the sole and the material properly stick together. Take care when stamping your feet on the floor; this is in order to prevent the material and the sole from shifting apart.

Step 5: Trim the edges of the sole material

When you are sure that the sole material and the sole have properly stacked together and the glue is now properly dried, then the next step involves trimming the edges of the material with a sharp knife. Trimming the edges of a sole material helps in giving your resole a nice shape whiles removing excess material. After trimming, you should ensure that all the edges are squished tight to the sole of the shoe. You can use your thumb in squishing.

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Step 6: Sand the edges of the sole material

In order to make the edges of the material have an extra smooth look, you can use sandpaper or any sanding tool to help you smoothen the edges so that you can have a smooth edged shape of the sole material. Allow your shoes to dry in a well ventilated area, however, avoid drying your shoes using heat or under direct sunlight, as doing so will ruin the material on the shoe.

Summary

When you are done with all the above processes, your shoe should now have a new sole. You should know that resoling shoes saves you more money than replacing with new ones (shoes). Resoling also gives you the opportunity to extend the lifespan of your favorite shoe. You can buy on Amazon the following materials needed to resole shoes:

 

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