RUN­NING RE­PAIRS

If money’s too tight to buy new shoes at the mo­ment, you can al­ways find an in­terim so­lu­tion. Nigel Rogers, direc­tor of Resoles Shoe Re­pairs (resoles.co.uk) tells you how to deal with the four most com­mon ar­eas of wear and tear on a shoe.

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TORN UP­PER

‘If the mesh is start­ing to wear but is not yet a hole, you can cover it with a sealant,’ says Rogers. He rec­om­mends Ever­build Clear Mas­tic, (£6.36, sealantson­line.co.uk). If a hole has al­ready ap­peared, it’s time to get your nee­dle and thread out, says Rogers. ‘Buy some thick ny­lon thread [black ny­lon sewing thread, £1.31, ama­zon.co.uk] and sew from left to right across the toe­box, over­sewing by half an inch on each side. Then do the same ver­ti­cally over the hole.’

WORN LIN­ING

‘If the in­side of the shoe has worn away, patch it with a piece of mole­skin,’ says Rogers. ‘It’s not

an­i­mal skin, but a thick, strong, stretchy cot­ton fab­ric.’ It’s avail­able from pro­foot.co.uk in a 40cm length roll. Cut a piece to fit over the worn-away area and then su­per­glue it down, stitch­ing over, if nec­es­sary.

HO­LEY OUT­SOLE! Clocked so many miles that you’ve lit­er­ally burnt rub­ber? Use a bike tyre. Buy the cheap­est you can get; we found the Sch­walbe City Jet Bike Tyre for £8.99 at hal­fords. co.uk. ‘Use a knife to re­move the worn area of the sole and then line and stick the sec­tion of bike rub­ber over the top,’ says Rogers. ‘Be sure not to use su­per­glue, as this dries rigid, which is not what

you want when you need the rub­ber to bend and flex with your foot. Use a neo­prene glue – a good one is Black Witch glue [£5.49, wig­gle.co.uk], as it’s used by divers and is made to bind rub­ber with rub­ber. It’s wa­ter­proof, tough and al­lows for flex.’

STRAY FLAPPY BITS

Whether your mid­sole is com­ing away from the up­per, the out­sole is peel­ing off around the toes, or the laces have be­come frayed, you can re­pair it all quickly. Shoe Goo (£9, achillesheel. co.uk) is an ad­he­sive and sealant, and can be safely used to bind, fill, se­cure and lock down a small prob­lem any­where on the shoe.

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