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Because these are too nice to discard just yet.  

  I fix all my Beatle boots at TechShop.
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Step 1: You Will Need:

Picture of You Will Need:
  • Thick leather or hard fiberboard
  • Contact cement
  • Rubber sheet
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer or brad nailer
  • Small nails or tacks
  • Basic woodworking hand tools (chisel, rasp, knife)
  • Clamp

Step 2: Prep the Bad Heel

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Pull-out the nails holding in the eroded layers.  The heels on this first pair are made from several layers of hide glued and nailed.  I will be replacing them with more hide.  There is also residual glue left behind which has to be sanded off.  When doing a pair, sand both heels down to an equal height.

Step 3: Building an All-Leather Heel

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If you have a last or a shoe form, then use that.  Here I am using  a piece of oak to secure the shoe.  Use contact cement to glue the hide then the rubber layers and nail them down.  It is important to keep the layers tight with no air between so I hit them a few times with a hammer first.  The cement should be tacky when the layers are applied, so slipping should not be an issue.   Make the bond permanent with tacks or brads.  Once completely set, the excess leather and rubber can be trimmed with a knife and finished with sandpaper.  If you have an electric belt or disc sander, then use that, being careful not to abraid the rest of the shoe.
Manny B2 years ago
Wow. I haven't seen something like this since i was back in the 'old country' Very nice. You have to explain the MDF. I've worked with it on wood projects and I know that it doesn't do well with water. Wouldn't that be a problem for a boot?
mc2517 Manny B1 year ago

MDF is mediium density fiberboard. comes in sheets 49" x 97" various thicknesses starting at 1/8" for the high density/tempered

Scotttland (author)  Manny B2 years ago
Normally yes, but as it is used in boot production, I'm assuming that the sealants used are protective enough. I've been fixing my boots like this for over six years and haven't had any problem with moisture seeping in and ruining the fibers. The bottoms are still rubber and the sides are polished and sprayed with water-sealant.

I was going to ask the same thing about MDF. And also mention that I have that exact same suitcase pictured in the last step. In about the same condition lol

TJ591 year ago
3366carlos2 years ago
nice. where do i get those boots?
Scotttland (author)  3366carlos2 years ago
I have bought them on eBay but mostly I go to Wasteland on Haight Street in San Francisco or The Moon Zoom on San Carlos Street in San Jose.
They look so great - now I know I can do this :D