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Making Your Shoes Last Longer

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Buying new shoes can be expensive. So, it is important to make the ones you already own last as long as possible. This is a page about making your shoes last longer.


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My sneakers often wear out in the lining, especially at the heel, before the rest of the shoe. So, I mend the inside of the back of the heels with either clear First Aid tape - or white First aid tape (which matches my white sneakers).

If the padding has totally worn through at the heel, you can also replace the worn padded lining with a piece of molefoam and glue it or tape the edges. You may have to keep after the tape, as it slips after a while, but it makes your sneakers wearable and comfortable, so you can get your full use out of them.

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Save the heels of your family's new shoes from running down by doing this tip: turn shoe upside down with bottom of heel facing you.

Using a hot glue gun, apply a thin coating of glue along the outline of the heel, then a couple of squiggly lines within the center of the outline to even out the surface. Let cool a bit and give warm glue a little tap with your thumb to flatten a bit. Allow to cool and set completely before wearing. The ground you tread upon will wear away the glue before it wears away your shoe. Try it.


Tip: May reapply as needed.

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January 26, 2005

To make your shoes last longer, put a thin piece of rubber on the bottom of the soles. You can have a shoe repair person do this. It will help them last longer and should help you have better traction, especially in icy, cold climates!

By Robin

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