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#291891 - 03/11/19 04:12 PM Re: Can't use it if you don't have it [Re: haertig]
UncleGoo Offline

Registered: 12/06/06
Posts: 364
Loc: CT
Originally Posted By: haertig
...back in the day when a "hiking boot" was more like what we might call a "mountaineering boot" today. Those old Vasque (or was it Raichle?) brand leather boots were super tough, super thick, and super heavy.

I miss my Fabiano (...Nicoles?)...I burned through four sets of vibram soles, before the inner part of the uppers disintegrated...

#291892 - 03/11/19 07:45 PM Re: Can't use it if you don't have it [Re: Craig_Thompson]
clearwater Offline
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Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 1084
Loc: Channeled Scablands
Most of the old boots soles came away too, if they were mistreated. Very few Vibram soles were nailed, screwed or sewn on. Only the mid sole.

The take home lesson should be

Don't dry wet boots by the fire.
Don't leave your boots in a hot car.

Either will cause the glue to release.

A fix that will work for several hundred miles is to drill holes thru the midsole and sole, (assuming you have the outside stitched old school boots) and sew them with bailing wire. Otherwise, twist wire into a basket under the shoe with loops up the side an inch or so that can be laced with cord over the top like crampon straps. I have had luck with hikers getting several days of use this way too. Duct tape comes off in snow and wears off fast in scree.

My favorite were the Pivetta boots. Best edging boot that still had lots of flex and breathed way better than modern mountaineering boots. Perfect CA high country boots for off trail.

#292010 - 03/19/19 12:00 AM Re: Can't use it if you don't have it [Re: Craig_Thompson]
DaveL Offline

Registered: 10/03/18
Posts: 6
I had a pair of Clark’s air mover shoes, after retirement I stuck them in a box under the bed. 10 years later I put them on an left the house, drove to a appointment. Got out of car and the sole we’re laying on the floor boards. Just wore socks and tossed them when I got home.

#292030 - 03/21/19 01:34 AM Re: Can't use it if you don't have it [Re: Craig_Thompson]
Famdoc Offline

Registered: 04/29/09
Posts: 93
Loc: PA
The Chounaird Sewing Kit is back on the market at Patagonia and, with the addition of a spool of fine wire as Clearwater suggested, could accomplish the temporary reattachment of a sole better than duct tape.


This article describes how to make your own for cheaper, and how to use it. I keep meaning to make up several for the EDC bag and vehicles.


Drilling through a Vibram sole and mid sole would surely try one's level of sanctification, especially in adverse weather.

#292031 - 03/21/19 03:56 AM Re: Can't use it if you don't have it [Re: Famdoc]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6740
Loc: southern Cal
Glad I still have my original Chouinard sewing kit; don't remember what I paid for it, but it was much less than $29. I have never had to put it to serious use, but it has been worth carrying several times.

I am definitely a fan of duct tape for quick field repairs of shoe soles. If only they made duct tape with a sticky rubber backing...
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