To resole footwear, remove the old soles, file the new soles, apply adhesive, press the soles into place, drive nails through the heels, and smooth the heels with a rasp. This two-hour project requires a razor, contact cement, a glue brush, a hammer, nails, a rasp, a utility knife and a vise.
- Remove the old soles
Remove the old soles with a razor knife, and discard them.
- File the new soles
File the tops of the new soles until they are rough. The uneven surface strengthens the adhesive bond between the soles and shoes.
- Apply contact cement
Paint the soles with contact cement. Give the adhesive time to set as indicated in the manufacturer's instructions.
- Attach the soles
Turn the shoes upside down. Carefully lay the soles in place, and press down on them firmly. Wait 5 minutes, then put the shoes on. Walk around in the shoes for several minutes.
- Nail the heels
Take off the shoes, and turn them upside down. Secure one shoe over a closed metal vise, and hammer three to five short nails into the heel. Repeat with the other shoe.
- Trim the soles
Inspect the new soles, and trim them with a knife if necessary. Discard the scraps.