Somehow, somewhere, my favorite pair of dress shoes managed to lose the tip of the sole of the right shoe. As I need dress shoes from time to time — concerts, interviews, performances — these should really be repaired. I could send them back to the manufacturer to be resoled for $95 or a full-on refurbishment for $140, but why do that when I have a packet of black Sugru at my command?
Step 1: Read the Directions
Sugru helpfully printed the directions in legible type right on the back of the package itself!
- Clean surface where the Sugru is to be applied.
- Wash your hands, massage the Sugru (make it warm and pliable).
- Apply Sugru.
- Let cure for at least 24 hours.
Step 2: Wash Your Hands!
You don't want dirt or lotion or strange oils to contaminate the Sugru, so wash your hands thoroughly. How to wash your hands, per the CDC.
Step 3: Work the Sugru Until It's Soft and Pliable
My fingers picked up a little color from the Sugru. This is normal.
Step 4: Apply, Form, and Smooth
When I do finally send these shoes in for a proper resoling and refurbishment, the person doing the work will probably cuss me out, but this will be good for now.
Yes, there's extra material. I will trim most of that off later, once it has cured. This will give it extra grip.
Step 5: Place in a Warm Place to Cure
A 3mm thick hunk o' Sugru will cure in 24 hours at 21°C, which is about 70°F. As it's winter here in Kansas, the house is kept a bit cooler than that, so I placed my shoe (with the uncured Sugru not touching anything else) in the most consistently-warm place in my house - my little server rack.
Step 6: Con-sole Your Other Shoe.
So lonely. It's okay Dex, Lefty will be back in a couple-few days, once he's cured.
Step 7: Trim the Excess
With a sharp knife, such as a fresh X-acto blade, trim off the excess, if any.
Step 8: Done.
Now I can wear them without embarrassment. Can you tell which shoe had the problem?