blue timberlands Adding Traction to Boots
Introduction: Adding Traction to BootsMy wifepurchaseda pair of boots that she loved except that the heels were made of some funky plastic that had no traction. The manufacturer had molded grooves into the heels but they simply did not grip. This resulted in her nearly falling several times, until she actually did. While she wasn’t hurt,somethingneeded to be done so she asked me to add rubber to the heels. Originally I was going to use Grip Dip,
but what I had on hand was so old it couldn’t berejuvenated. So I had to change course and used spray rubber instead. Here’s what I used for this project:
Masking tapePaper towels
Cleaning solution (I used vinegar water)
Something to hold the boots (I used my boot dryer)
Step 2: CleaningThe first step is to clean the dirt off the heels of the boots. If this isn’t accomplished the rubber won;t adhere very well. Put the boots on whatever you intend to use to support them during the process. (Whateveryou choose should give you easy access to the heels. I started by using painters’ tape to make a perimeter around the heels. Make sure the tape is as smooth a possible. if the tape is uneven this will allow the rubber to run under the tape. This will result in unsightly rubber strings and/or damage the material of the boots. I went with one light coat. This was to add traction without adding height to the heels so my wife won’t have her gait affected. I let the rubber set for about half an hour and then removed the masking material so it wouldn’t be bonded to the rubber. Once the rubber was fully cured I used my thumb nail to lift it off the heel and trimmed it off with a utility knife. It would be a lot more effective to just take the boots to a shoe repair shop and have them replace the heel caps with rubber or Vibram. They usually can do that in a few minutes and charge you less than $20, and it would last the life of the boot.
Tupulov 5 years agoReply
kinderdm 5 years agoReply
I like this idea. I’ve been looking for a way to add soles back to shoes for a while now. The shoes I buy are pretty good quality but I end up wearing out the soles long before the rest of the shoe. They then get downgraded to work shoes for outside and around the house but could use some more tread as they are slick as heck and pretty thin. I think I will try this with an old pair and see what it gets me.