|$15 at Walmart. 26" * 3.14 / 4.5" /shoe = Nine pairs of shoes. The lugged area is 2.25" across.
|The lugs in the middle are 3.0mm tall and the carcass is 3.0mm thick. Lugs on outside are 5.0mm tall at the outside edge. Cut to fit with tin snips. It cut very easily, even through the center of the lugs.
|After grinding off lugs with a coarse sanding disk but before cleaning. You can see the ink marks where I traced out the width of the patch on the right side of the frame.
|I used E6000 adhesive. The poly bag is to prevent the shoe from being permanently glued to my clamp (the cinder block). I also have a piece of foam between the poly bag and the cinder block to ensure even pressure.
|The trial run is airing out in the breezeway. I won't bring it into the house until after the smell of methyl-ethyl-badstuff disappears. I would have like a little more squeeze-out at the corners as that is where peeling is likely to start.
|And I want less squeeze-out on the sides. Next time I will probable clamp the shoe right-side-up and have a foam patch on both top and bottom. That way drips will run down, onto the sole.
I like picking up new skills and I have about a $1 into each shoe. Maybe not impressive when talking about a $20 pair of shoes but I wish I knew how to do this when Mrs ERJ retired a pair of Uggs she loved because the soles were worn smooth. And I know that Mrs ERJ prefers I do my learning on my cheap shoes rather than her nicer things.
|These are Ugg Bailey Button II boots. They retail for about $150. They don't start with much tread.
The other thing is that shoes are where the rubber hits the road. Sure, it is easy to pick up another cheap pair but that presupposes China will keep sending us cheap merchandise. I want to know how to fix stuff "better" than stuffing cardboard inside of them.
Eaton Rapids Joe blog...where we make it fun to save soles.