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Can anyone recommend a glue?


WhiteTruckMan

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I'm looking for a glue. It's for my boots. I dont know if I'm just unlucky, but I'm going through rather a lot of them. Typically up to 6 pairs a year, which is odd as I dont walk very far in them, and spend most of the time driving. The usual failure point is where the leather uppers meet the synthetic soles, they just part company. it's a failure of whatever means is used to atach the two rather than the materials themselves.

There is no pattern to which ones go, seems evenly split (no pun intended) between left and right.

I'm fed up with throwing away otherwise ok safety footwear. I've considered a hot glue gun, but I dont think the result would be flexible enough.

Any ideas?

WTM

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WhiteTruckMan

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I wont try that number just now as I suspect they might have gone home.

However I've just looked on ebay for a price. Found two listings, but the price! (ouch!)

WTM

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Forum Editor

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It's not cheap, but it's very good.

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WhiteTruckMan

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It probably is good (I'm quite happy to take your word for it, after all I did ask for recommendations) but I have to put it into perspective. Spending the best part of £40 (ebay prices) to fix a £25 pair of boots isn't cost effective. However if it can be sourced locally without the huge postal cost then yes, it definitely looks worth a try.

WTM

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Quickbeam

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Aitchbee's solution is probably the best, buy from an established safety wear supplier where you're more likely to get a sympathetic hearing over repeat complaints of the failing quality.

You don't say if you were buying from an established safety wear supplier or not, but I know from experience that a lot of this sort of footwear is sold on markets, garage forecourts, a bloke at work etc, and those sort of sources aren't interested in replacements under guarantee for a disposable item that they have probably bought as second quality stock to sell cheap.

Arco on the other hand, being a national safetywear supplier, if finding out that their is a consistent quality problem with their workwear, would be much more likely to investigate and chase up the manufacturer over persistent quality failures and offer replacement boots.

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WhiteTruckMan

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QB

I'm not disagreeing with what you said, and I think it's the way to go in the future, but I did say yesterday that they had been sourced from various market stalls (7:22pm post).

Jock1e

If I drove 44 tonners in that sort of manner then I would have bigger worries than split boots! Besides, a clutch pedal is a rare treat these days.

WTM

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onthelimit1

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I asked my neighbour - a builder - and he swears by Totectors

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wiz-king

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Change your heater settings - stop cooking your toes! grin

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Quickbeam

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"various market stalls, of which I cannot remember exact details" (I missed that.)

Which is what they rely on for no comeback. You'll never get a first quality product from a market trader's stall.

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Noldi

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Any flexible adhesive will do but don't forget it all depends on good surface preparation, removing any old adhesive, dirt etc and a good wash out with brake cleaner or it will be a waste of time.

Holding

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spuds

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Perhaps a visit to a local Timpson's shoe repairer's might have the answer as to what the 'professionals' use or do, and whether they are worth or can be repaired cheaply, wisely and successfully . I have gone this route on a few occasions.

Regarding an earlier post on Doc Martens 'guaranteed for life' boots, I use to wear on a daily basis in all weathers DM's 'chelsea/dealer' boots. They had a tendency after long usage for the 'Airwear' soles to split. The only remedy for those was the 'hot blade' treatment, as no glue was suitable.

Another point about shoes and boots is the warranty. I once took this up with Trading Standards, and it would appear that there are certain exclusions, unless there was a worded contract to entitlements at the pint of sale,and especially and more so on cheap imported synthetic types of footwear. Goodwill seemed to be the basis of any refunds or replacements.

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