I can't bare the idea of throwing away these shoes and buying new shoes to ruin at work. Enter Sugru. My job is physically demanding and torturous to shoes. I needed something real sturdy but also soft-It's my precious feet we're talking about here. This took a few days because I let the layers of Sugru cure in between applications. The shoes had a hole in the front toe and the back heel supports had been totally smashed. Two things my bosses weren't thrilled with. As a bonus I decided to pretty them up a little too.
Step 1: The Problem
My girlfriend says I look like a Hobo wearing these. And even though I work at a very casual and relaxed food retailer with a bizarre Hawaiian theme(hint, hint), I need to still look reasonably presentable. Also in the dress-code it states that shoes must have backs. It's even more important now with 3 year-olds being given shopping carts. They are at just the right height to ram the backs of your feet.
Step 2: The Toe Hole
For this area of the fix I used to pouches of black Sugru to liberally cover the hole and surrounding area. Later on I added even a little more reinforcement to the toe-hole area. You can use soapy water to smooth out the Sugru. I could have also color matched it better the brown but I didn't really want to. I wanted it to look like I fixed, hacked and sooped up these shoes myself.
Step 3: Impounded Sole
The original shape of these shoes didn't last long. I constantly slid into them and smashed the very small heel support. There was some harder plastic in there at one point. All gone now, I wanted these to last another year at least. Ten dollars worth of Sugru is still alot of cheaper than new shoes that might or might not last a year.
Firstly, I had to rebuild the support structure and attach it what little leather and "other" shoe material still remained.
Then, I slowly built up the layers to achieve a super strong heel guard.
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