How to resole climbing shoes by myself
how to resole climbing shoes by myself
Depending on the brand you may find sending them back to be resoled the better solution. LL Bean and others offer this.
While one can take the old sole off with a knife, you need a heave duty sewing machine designed for shoes to sew the sole back on. You might find a local shoe repair store with the correct equipment. The hardest part is making the new sole water tight again.
LL bean resoles boots, and they might be able to resole climbing shoes, but that is not their expertise. Rubber room in California does climbing shoe resoles as well as rock and resole in boulder colorado. there are many small shops that do that, but they are hard to find.
A climbing shoe resole at home is difficult but can be done. a microwave can be used to melt the glue, then using a knife and pliers, one can peel off the old rubber. then you can apply new rubber using barge cement.
This is a great question, and I'm alarmed that no good answers have been posted. I will give it a go. First of all; I don't own a pair of climbing shoes, and I've never repaired a pair. Still, I've repaired things, and climbing shoes are things: I believe that your number one resource for climbing shoe repair is the shoe and sole company "Five Ten". These folks sell climbing shoe repair kits, and encourage this sort of thing. Look them up online, and call them on the phone. I bet they can help. It turns out that a lot of modern shoes have soles that are merely glued on. Until fairly recently almost all running shoe soles were glued on with contact cement. This is the way that every pair of climbing shoes I've ever seen have been constructed. As you read above, I don't own a pair, so I'm not the world's expert. However, I probably pay more attention to these things than most people, so you can trust me. Contact cement is very durable under normal use, but it can be removed. High heat, or solvents can loosen contact cement enough to remove old sole material that is worn. Take a look at your shoes; what part is worn? Should you take the worn part off and replace it? Or just glue a new piece on top? Either way may be valid. Your shoe may have several pieces of rubber that are glued on to make up the sole and the 'rand' (the part that is still rubber, but is on the sides of a climbing shoe). The sole and rand may be made up of different thicknesses; usually thicker on the sole, and thinner on the sides. When you call Five Ten, discuss this with them and decide what to buy. Once you have the sole material in hand, you can start to "disassemble" you shoes. Decide what part of the sole you will replace and remove it. To remove the old sole: apply heat with a hair dryer, heat gun, or oven. Lets say you use a hair dryer: this may take awhile, but heat the area of the sole that appears to be easiest to remove. If you look closely you'll see the edges of the soling material. If you can get the sole and contact cement warm enough, you will be able to separate the sole material from the shoe. Once you can get an edge of the sole separated you can concentrate the heat on the exposed glue. Use a putty knife, or pliers to help separate the old sole. Don't hurt yourself. Take your time, don't rush, try to do as little damage to the shoe as possible. Once the old sole is off: clean the area. Once cooled you can use sandpaper to remove bits of sole or glue that may interfere with the new sole. It doesn't have to be perfect. Now cut a new sole to fit in the old spot. The new sole should be a little big and overhang on the edges. Once glued on, this can be sanded flush. To glue the sole on use contact cement. The directions on the contact cement will tell you to coat both surfaces with glue, let dry for a certain amount of time, then press firmly together. Follow the directions for the contact cement you use. Most people say Barge Cement brand is best. I'm sure many brands will work. Once the sole is glued on and the contact cement has dried/cured you will need to sand down the extra sole overhang around the edges. You may be able to sand this by hand, or you may want to employ some sort of power tool like a drill or Dremel tool with a sanding attachment. You can do this! Another note about sole material: I said to look into the Five Ten rubber, but there are others. Vibram makes climbing sole too. Maybe there are others. Here is a link to Five Ten resole kits: http://www.fiveten.com/us/accessories/c4...
I know this isn't a great tutorial, but it's better than nothing! Go resole your climbing shoes and write a better one, I know you can!