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How to repair your boots using Sugru

Good boots just get better and better the more you use them and it's devastating when they start to fall apart, so it's great to find a way to keep them in service...

sugru is great for fixing boots because:

- it bonds to most materials (including fabric and leather)
- is flexible when cured
- is waterproof

TIP 1: sugru is not suitable to repair your soles, we recommend that you use sugru for the uppers only.
TIP 2: sugru has seen people repair loads of different types of boots, it is worth remembering that it might not bond to yours.

Kit

  • Your boots
  • sugru (how much depends on the size of the break)
  • Scissors

Step 1

Colour matched Sugru held next to boot

Cut open your sugru and knead it in your fingers for approximately 30 seconds.

For this fix, we colour mixed sugru to get it to match the boot.

Step 2

Sugru applied to boot with hand

To begin with, if there is a large flap of fabric that is loose it could be a good idea to use a small piece of sugru to help hold the flap down.

When applying sugru to your boot work in smaller amounts, it is far more manageable.

Step 3

Sugru moulded into broken are with finger

Press and rub the sugru into the fabric of the boot. Start by creating a tin layer with a good bond and work on thickening it later.

If dealing with a piece of ripped or torn fabric it is best to work the sugru into the fabric either side of the tear first and then to bridge the gap with more sugru to really ensure that the join is secure.

If the sugru becomes hard handle while applying to the fabric it may be because you have too much sugru on your fingers. Again use dry tissue paper to remove excess sugru from your fingertips. Do this regularly to keep a clean hack.

Step 4

Fingernail used to smooth over Sugru

If you are still having trouble then try using the back of your fingernail to spread the sugru, it seems to stick less.

Once your sugru is down smooth the hack by gently rubbing it with your fingertips.

Step 5

Sugru being smoothed over with finger

Leave it cure for 24 hours before you go out and about!

Step 6

Balls of Sugru added to ends of shoelace

A common problem that comes with boots is the fraying of the lace ends. Small but annoying. Step in sugru. With those spare bits of sugru left over from the colour matching you could bolster up your laces and save yourself a lot of hassle.

Just roll a small piece of sugru around each lace end and leave to cure overnight.

TOP TIP: When leaving the laces to cure make sure that they are not touching any other part of the boot, you don't want them to bond together.

Step 7

Boot with orange and green Sugru fixes

24 hours later and the sugru has cured and is ready to go! Get your boots on!