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Repairing shoes?

Old 06-28-09, 09:55 PM
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Repairing shoes?

I've got a pair of mountain bike shoes with SPD cleats that I do most of my riding on. These, to be specific. I like 'em ... they're good for riding and good for walking too. I've got maybe 1500-2000 miles in them on the bike, plus more than a few walking (I don't wear them on walks, but if I ride somewhere, I'll walk around in them once I'm there.)

They've worn a little bit but are still in pretty good shape. Except for one spot -- the part right behind my heel, on the back side of the shoe. The padding has worn away in about a square inch spot on the back, and the back part of my foot is rubbing against the plastic that the shoe is made of there. It's uncomfortable.

I could replace them, but considering how good the rest of the shoes are it would make sense to just repair them if I could. Thoughts on how to do that? The best idea I've come up with so far has been to take a few pieces of denim from old pants, sew them together until it's about the same thickness as what's missing, then epoxy one side to the plastic. Or find a shoe insert, cut it to that shape, and epoxy that in.
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Old 06-29-09, 07:45 AM
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The worn out place obviously gets more stress than the rest of your shoe. Generally speaking, a patch job is less durable than original. More stress, less durable is not a good combination. You can try it, you've got nothing to lose, but I doubt it's going to be satisfactory.

I think that I'd do both. I'd buy a new pair of shoes and then try to patch the old ones. If you ever have to ride in the rain it's nice to have a spare pair of shoes to use the next day.
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