How To Fix Your Hiking Shoe – A Step-by-step Guide

Let's face it. Most of our hiking shoe doesn't last that much especially if it is used more often.

​This is because hiking shoes are built that way so you will always buy a new pair when it wore out.

​Luckily, a YouTube video save you a couple of bucks to fix your hiking shoe. Hey even said made a joke:

Why don't you go down to Wallmart and pay $9.99 for a new pair?

PhilipStephens007
YouTube User

I find it funny while he's referring to his American audience.

The name of the video is "DIY Shoe Repair", uploaded by PhilipStephens007. With over 44,949 subscribers, this guy uploads useful DIY videos and tips in our daily life.

​Here's How To Repair Your Hiking Shoe

Make sure you have the following materials:

  • Nail
  • Block of wood
  • Contact glue
  • Thin wire
  • String (thick thread)
  • Scissors

All images used below are screenshots from the original YouTube video which you can watch below. All credits belong to them.

Now you have all the things you need, let's move in to the proceedure:

  • Take the nail and stick it into the little block of wood.
  • Cut off the head and use a file to sharpen so you can have a pointy instrument.
nail and wood
  • Get your shoe and put some contact glue and let it sit for 5 to 6 minutes before you make both ends in contact.
contact glue
  • After the sole is sticked into the shoe, get the string so you can thread the shoe.
thick thread
  • Now, apart from your shoe, your string, your thick thread, and the pointy instrument, you are going to need a little bit of thin wire pull at least a foot or 30cm and double it over.

PhilipStephens007 used the wire from a piece of transformer from an old electronics.

thin wire
  • Get the pointy instrument and start sewing up through the sole, and into the shoe. Don't come from underneath of the shoe because the thread will wear out over the time.
  • Poke through the rubber up to the inside of the shoe and make a pilot hole. (be careful not to skewer your finger on the inside)
  • Put your wire through the hole until it reaches the inside of the shoe.
sewing up through the sole
  • Take the thick thread and put it between the two wires, and then, pull that wire, so it pulls the string through.
between the two wires
  • Make another hole adjacent from the first hole and repeat the process above.
  • Take about three or four times the length of the string and then cut it with your scissors.
cut it with your scissors
  • Get that string, the long one, and put it through as before, but when you oull it through, don't pull it all the way.
  • Open that loop and then feed the other short string through it.
  • Take the wire off.
  • Repeat the process until you sew the other side of the shoe.
loop and then feed the other short string

There you have it! You have successfully fixed your hiking shoe and save some bucks.

The only downside of this DIY is that it takes a lot of time and effort to thread the shoe. However, the good thing is, you practiced your sewing skills and accuracy.

If you're confused with this guide, you can watch the whole video below:

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