- Written by Loren Dearborn
How to dismantle and re-assemble modern shoes into sturdy, beautiful, convincing historical footwear - and even improve the fit!
Great article! Here's some suggestions for glues that will help make the shoes more durable.
A good alternative for white glue is Yes! paste, which you can find at Michael's Crafts. You can spread it much thinner and it is not so wet and messy (it's a good replacement for Hirschkleber, the glue used in fine shoe construction).
And for the soles, you can get contact cement (the industrial strength version of rubber cement) at any hardware store. Put a thin layer on both surfaces, let it dry, then press together and, if you can, whack it with a hammer, then roll the hammer handle across the sole to ensure you have good contact.