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How to Glue Your Own Sole Protectors

Why Glue On Your Own Sole Protectors? Gluing on my own sole protectors is one of my favorite DIY projects I’ve ever done. Not only is the result effective and satisfying, but the whole process of working with leather, rubber and glue brings a primal satisfaction. But wait, aren’t rubber sole protectors just a work around? Wouldn’t […]

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Allen Edmonds Calf Skin Leather Care

Allen Edmonds Leather Care

I’ve had these Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenues in Bourbon for 22 months now. During that time I’ve done a lot of side by side comparisons and experimentation in pursuit of healthy, great looking leather. Welcome to everything I know about Allen Edmonds leather care. Experimenting with Color Bourbon? They don’t look Bourbon. No they do not. Not any […]

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Vibrate Sole Protector Sheets

How to Glue Vibram Sheet Sole Protectors

While the process is very similar to gluing a half sole, the Vibram Thin Sheets do have their own technique. For example, since the rubber is so flexible, it tends to curl up onto the sides when you wrap it with the string for curing. I’ll show you how to avoid gluing the rubber to […]

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Allen Edmonds with Half Soles

Additional Tips for Gluing Half Soles

To glue the half soles onto my new Allen Edmonds, I just followed the same basic steps found in How To Glue a Half Sole, but I did collect some additional nuggets of wisdom in the process. Tip 1: The tube of blue Barge Cement works great. Barge Cement makes several formulations of their glue. The original […]

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My complete Wolverine 1000 Mile leather care kit.

Wolverine 1000 Mile Leather Care

  UPDATED: April 14, 2016 If you search the internet for “Wolverine 1000 Mile leather care” or “chromexcel leather care”, you’ll find a million different products, and 10 million recommendations, each one seeming less scientific that the next. Well, here’s one more for the pile. After an embarrassing amount of research, here’s what I’ve learned, and […]

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How to Repair a Half Sole

How to Repair a Half Sole

The half sole I’m replacing here is 5 months old. As you can see, it’s a pretty forgiving process. If you don’t get it right the first time, you can try again. Materials and Tools A worn out half sole. Rough sandpaper. Here I used 60 grit. Rubber cement.  Hammer. Rope. To bind for curing. Step […]

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How to Glue a Heel Lift

Updated: December 12, 2016 – check out the new How to Glue Your Own Sole Protectors post. Materials and Tools Heel lift. I’m using the Vibram Lug heel lift to match the Lug half sole. Rubber cement. The yellow can of original formulation Barge Cement. Small nails. I used the 5/8 inch wire nails from Home Depot. (Update: I pulled the nails out […]

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How to Glue a Half Sole

Updated: December 12, 2016 – check out the new How to Glue Your Own Sole Protectors post. Updated: January 20, 2015. These steps now incorporate the tips I learned from my recent Allen Edmonds experience. Why apply your own half soles? More convenient. I don’t have a good cobbler nearby. If you do, well then happy you. Cheaper. […]

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