It got to the point this summer where the already thin rubber was down to less than 1mm, or at the fabric on two of the toes. Rather than paying for a new pair I decided to try out Sugru, and hope for some good results.
Note: Please keep in mind that this is an experiment, and I'm told Sugru has a hard time with abrasion.
Step 1: Materials
Here's what you'll need:
- 2 packs of Sugru (depending on the wear)
- Wax Paper
- Working Surface
- Rolling Pin
Step 2: Prep Shoes
I went the extra mile with mine, and cleaned the areas I was planning to repair with rubbing alcohol.
Step 3: Flattening the Sugru
Open up one packet of Sugru and lay it down on some wax paper. Fold the paper over the top (to protect your rolling pin), and start flattening out the Sugru to your desired thickness. I got mine to about 2-3mm before applying it to the sole.
Before you do that though, cut off a small sliver, which we will save for the toes.
Step 4: Applying the Sugru
From there, it's a matter of personal preference. I spread mine out wider than the original transfer, and cut some off overhanging from the toes, to add onto the pinky side.
Roll the remaining sliver into a tube, and cut it into 4 equally sized pieces. Each of those sections will need to be rolled into a ball, and placed on each toe. Smash them down, and form them into appropriately sized pads.
Note: I took much better photos documenting the application/forming in the next step.
Step 5: The Other Foot
Note: If you're low on Sugru you can use a small chunk like an eraser and get back some gunk stuck to the wax paper/wrapper.
Step 6: Finish
It took me about 15-20 minutes for each shoe, and it was my first time playing with Sugru. I would highly recommend the product, and I can't wait to use up the rest of my little packets.
Step 7: Wear and Tear
It doesn't look to hopeful. A few large chunks have been take out of the shoes, and the toes have already taken some extensive wear. At most, I'd say this repair would last a month.
This is just from wearing the shoes a little more than half the days of the week, and mostly walking around the office, and campus. Nothing close to what I was trekking before.
I'm going to keep updating, but I'll probably be trying out Shoe Goo pretty soon.