How to Increase the Grip of Your Old Footwear



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Your Old Sandals/Shoes Giving you a slip?

Feeling afraid to trek?

Fret not, There is a simple trick to increase the traction of your old, Worn out footwear. And it takes just 15 mins!

Things needed-

An Old Soldering iron

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Step 1: Make the Grip.

Let the Soldering Iron heat up to Operating Temperature and Repeat any grip lines that your Footwear soles might have. These grip lines work like Tyre Treads, biting into the surface and giving you grip. Over time the Tread wears down. Making Grooves Deeper will renew your footwear!

Step 2: Add More!

Feel free to add more Grooves as you please!

Note- I Tried the Hot glue method before. It does not last more than 15 mins. Quite a waste of time.

Do report back with your Groove style and experience.

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    3 Discussions


    4 weeks ago

    Hotglue propably depends on the foam used for the sole.
    I use it all the time on my old Sketchers (Knit) and it works great. I walk down the hotglue in about 2weeks and then i reapply.
    I found that applying it on the hotter side of things is better than just barely extrudable...

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    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Could be possible. If your soles are very Soft/Spongy The Hot glue has good chance to sink into, and nicely grip the partially melted sole, then harden properly. On These footwtear however, It did not last, nor did it on my Wife's shoes. I do let the gun heat up very properly, then when applying, press the tip of gun firmly on the sole, allowing a small channel to be carved due to the heat, thereby promoting better adhesion. But still did not last.


    Reply 4 weeks ago

    yes: sketchers are cheaply made and this means soft foam. Also, the foam there is not very abrasion-resistant which could also mean it is melting faster/doesnt have much internal "hold together"... So yeah: It could very well be a case of "The cheaper the foam the better it works" :)