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Shoe Repair options?

I have a pair of shoes, which I was getting comfortable wearing. They had been sitting around for over 5 years. I find them nice to walk around in this weather, they handle the road hardness well. My other shoes have soles which are either too hard or soft.

Anyway, one of the pair has a peeling sole. It appears an easy repair. Should I take it to a shoe repair shop or are there DIY options which are cheaper and as likely to succeed as a pro?

I doubt there are proper cobblers in Scarborough who will take sow the sole on. Can't I just glue the thing on and have the repair last? What I am afraid of is to repair it, and find myself shoeless on the road, far from home.
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if it's a goodyear welted shoe then take it to a cobbler and get a new sole put on. If it's a cheaper shoe then just buy some shoe glue (higher end stuff that the shoe repair establishments would use) and glue that 'ish on yourself.
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Are these shoes expensive? For fear of ruining a good pair of shoes, I would take it to a shoe repair. If the sole is old/peeling off/cracking (since it has been sitting around for a while), you can just replace the entire sole.

For DIY, I would only know to do it by hot glue or super glue. Hot glue will not stick to leather materials and I'm afraid super glue will cause permanent damage to your shoe. If you don't care when the soles are gone and wouldn't replace it anymore, then i guess gluing it is fine.
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The mall at Steeles Ave & Don Mills has a shoe repair place that can re-glue the sole for you but I think you should buy better quality shoes for the long run.
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kmarcie wrote: Are these shoes expensive? For fear of ruining a good pair of shoes, I would take it to a shoe repair. If the sole is old/peeling off/cracking (since it has been sitting around for a while), you can just replace the entire sole.

For DIY, I would only know to do it by hot glue or super glue. Hot glue will not stick to leather materials and I'm afraid super glue will cause permanent damage to your shoe. If you don't care when the soles are gone and wouldn't replace it anymore, then i guess gluing it is fine.
Use only premium contact cement with high solids for gluing shoes !
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These are faux leather shoes, nice looking, the last is stable, and they're quite comfortable. I saw Shoe Goo and read some good reviews.

The sole is fine, this pair sat around, and I guess the glue dried up or something. I don't know if @EdT586 was serious about the contact cement.
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Just repair it yourself and then wear it on short trips to test your glue job.

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