Fixing My Workboots Using Contact Adhesive

You have to have a good pair of work boots for working around the place, not only for safety but good solid boots are much more comfortable when you’re doing things like digging, stacking wood, grass cutting and so on. I’m afraid that the soft shoes people wear so much nowadays just don’t cut it for me when I’m working around the place.

I have a pair of Caterpillar boots and they are great for what I need.

My Caterpillar work boots.

Yes, that’s the kitchen table and no, I haven’t put down newspaper to work on as the glue will stick to it.
The table is glass topped and I’ll clean it off with disinfectant when I’m done.

The boots get a bit of a work out and a while ago the sole came off of one of them. I didn’t think that much about it at the time and just went ahead and repaired it.

You can see that the sole has become dislocated from the main part of the boot.

As I’ve said elsewhere on the site, many people don’t know how to do stuff and although this is a very simple repair to do, it’s not for some. That’s why I’ve put it on here.

As you can see in the picture I’m holding the sole away from the boot with the tube of adhesive I’ll be using. There are many different kinds of adhesive (for many different kinds of jobs) and this is Selleys Kwik Grip. It’s ideal for this purpose as it’s flexible and it’s a ‘contact’ type of adhesive.

By ‘contact’ it means that you apply the adhesive to each surface of the item you are sticking together, smooth it all out, allow 10 to 20 minutes or so for it to dry out a bit and become tacky and then you stick the parts together and apply pressure for a while. Job done!


Before I continue here I should say that you must always read the instructions on the container, not only on how to use the adhesive but also to learn the safety aspects of the product. Very important!

Always always always follow the safety instructions!

Ok, here we go…

The first thing to do is to make sure that the two surfaces you are going to stick together are clean and dry. In this case it means that all the loose bits of dirt that have got between the sole and body of the boot are brushed away. Easy to do!

Next apply a bead of adhesive to every part of the two surfaces you are going to stick together. (sole and body of the boot)m Just squeeze it onto the boot from the tube.

Bead of adhesive squeezed onto nearly every part of the sole.

Same with the surface of the boot body.

Next the adhesive needs to be smoothed out all over each surface. Don’t be tempted to use your finger to do this as it’s pretty messy. You could also have an adverse reaction to it as well. (those safety instructions again….) Instead use a tool to smooth the adhesive out. something like the blade of an old kitchen knife, or something like that.

Adhesive smoothed out on the body. You can see that there are no more beads visible.


Adhesive smoothed out on the sole.

Now allow the adhesive to dry out a bit and become tacky (not wet, as when you applied it) Instructions about this will be on the container but normally it’ll be between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the temperature.

Once the adhesive has become tacky it’s time to stick the 2 surfaces together.

All you have to dois roll the 2 surfaces together, starting at the end they are already joined. If they aren’t joined it would be best to start at the toe end, making sure you get them aligned correctly. A little bit of care and it’s pretty easy.

Just roll the 2 surfaces together.

Once the 2 parts are stuck together this type of adhesive needs pressure while it drys. Easy! Put the boot on your foot and stand on it for a while. That’ll get things going. My clamps weren’t available as I’d lent them to someone so what I did was put the boot on the floor and put a weight on it overnight. I actually used an old valve radio that I’m going to restore!!

When I got up the next morning it was all done and I wore them that day. They’ve been fine ever since.


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