Introduction

Replacing shoes after they wear out can be expensive. This is a comprehensive guide to repairing the sole of worn out shoes using the tread from an old tire as an alternative. It can be a cost efficient solution.

The use of basic hand tools is required.

Cut across the tire using a knife creating a groove approximately the width of the tread. Do not cut completely through the tire.
  • Cut across the tire using a knife creating a groove approximately the width of the tread.

  • Do not cut completely through the tire.

Remove the tread from the tire while scraping underneath the top layer with a knife.
  • Remove the tread from the tire while scraping underneath the top layer with a knife.

  • Peel back the layer, cut the tread, and remove it from the tire.

Lay the tire tread flat.
  • Lay the tire tread flat.

  • External side of tread facing down on the table.

Clean the bottom of the sandal with a damp cloth to ensure the surface is free of debris.
  • Clean the bottom of the sandal with a damp cloth to ensure the surface is free of debris.

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Place the sandal with the sole facing down on the tire tread.
  • Place the sandal with the sole facing down on the tire tread.

Outline the sandal with a bright colored marker. Remove the sandal.
  • Outline the sandal with a bright colored marker.

  • Remove the sandal.

Apply adhesive on the inside of the marker drawn.
  • Apply adhesive on the inside of the marker drawn.

Place the sandal in the outline.
  • Place the sandal in the outline.

Insert a wood block into the sandal.
  • Insert a wood block into the sandal.

  • Clamp the wood block to the tire tread.

  • Allow adhesive to cure according to manufacturer recommendations.

Remove the clamps and wood block.
  • Remove the clamps and wood block.

  • Cut the excess tread from the sandal with a utility knife.

  • Never cut toward yourself.

Smooth edges of the tread, and remove excess tread/adhesive.
  • Smooth edges of the tread, and remove excess tread/adhesive.

Conclusion

Your shoes are now ready to wear.

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Ronan

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can I use this on heavy duty shoes like basketball shoes for outdoors?

Ranjie - Reply

What type of glue did you use? I am wanting to fix the soles of my Chaco sandals as the sole is coming apart. If you could give me the best brand I would appreciate it.

Andy

Andy - Reply

I was just going to post about fixing Chacos!! To answer your question, I use Barge Cement: it's a'contact cement' so paint both faces with it smoothly, wait about 5 to 15 mins to let it get real tacky then clamp it! I always let this and similar cure for 24 hours, if not 48.

My problem with (two pair) of Chacos is extremely quick wear. I don't get the popularity if I get a half of summer before the heel is worn down to the sandal body.

Rick -

These instructions used what appears to be silicone glue, which will not hold up. What would be much better is contact cement. Barge All Purpose TF cement would be much better. I would also use a rasp or a small sanding disk to try and smooth the rubber before gluing it down as well.

Ron Hargrove - Reply

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