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Fix It Friday - Should I Fix My Birkenstocks?

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This is not a sponsored post but I really love my Birkenstock slippers. I have had this pair since 2005 and just yesterday I noticed the cork was starting to split AND come off the rubber sole. Now I don't know about you, but I have been wondering whether you can fix your own shoes without having to go to the cobbler. Sometimes, people ask why we should bother when a trip to the cobblers might cost anywhere between $10 to $50 to resole them. But if you have worn into a pair of shoes and they feel comfortable, why not?

In fact, some shoe companies give care advice and provide repair services too. I checked with the Birkenstock branch in Singapore and they said that it would cost at least $75 to resole them. Considering a pair of Birk's cost at least double that, I think it is worth fixing. But.... I was wondering whether I can fix them myself. 



Should I use super glue, cement glue, E6000? 

Have you tried fixing your own shoes?

This post is part of the Fix It Friday series. 



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  1. I have already fixed shoes. The most important thing is to use contact adhesive. I don't know wheather this is the correct translation. We use "pattex kontaktkleber"

    It has to be a flexible one, when you walk everything moves, this is also the cause for your problem.

    I hope you understand what I mean?

    many greetings
    Maria

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    1. Thanks for the tip on the glue having to be flexible once dried!

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  2. Hi Agy - I have old lady feet, so I will fix a shoe unless it's worn to the point of painful and then it gets tossed. Hubby is retired military so we have a shoe shining party every Sunday night. Exciting times, I know. Stopping by via CBN. Hugs, Holly

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    1. It's the first time I'm hearing of a shoe shining party. Think I might try that over here. :-)

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  3. I have had a favorite pair of sandals that did the same thing. I used a hot glue gun to repair them. It worked, but was not a long term fix. I eventually had to let them go :(

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    1. Eeks, I am very wary of the hot glue gun! The last time I used it was on clothing - terrible mistake!!

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  4. Great idea. I have a pair of my favorite sandal and didn't want to throw away so I am going to apply this idea and see if it works for me.

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  5. When I have comfortable shoes and they are still looking good, I try and repair. Hubby uses special glue to reattach the soles and most of the time it works well.

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  6. Good to know how to fix the sandal. So ingenious.

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  7. So funny - just told my husband this week that I need to fix my favorite pair of tennis shoes. I was considering using E6000, but he said that I should something more flexible. Lol...

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    1. I don't like E6000 - it is so difficult to control when it spurts out of the tube!

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  8. Look for something called 'Shoe Goo'. It comes in black and white, and is the best multiuse adhesive I have found for repairing my Birkenstocks myself. You can use it to readhere separating soles and cork, or to build up a sole that is getting prematurely worn (my heels tend to wear down on one corner), or even attach cobbler's 'taps'.

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  9. I used classic gorilla glue on my soles/everywhere it was peeling. Been a year still good!

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