Hopefully you’re like me and you have a pair of Toms. Lovely, wonderful, Toms. Toms are these great shoes and I wear them everywhere.
Traveling on an airplane (emergency exit row, score!)
At a Brewer’s game.
Getting my hair done the day of my wedding.
And hiking to the top of the Mayan Pyramids in Belize.
I love these shoes! They’re comfortable light weight, and super cute.
The problem is, with all this wear and love, they can get a little worn and a little gross (and by gross I mean they are dirty and smell funky enough to make my dog rip the soles out of them).
It was a terrible day the day my husband called to tell me that the dog had chewed the leather soles out of my shoes.
“Which shoes?! My black ones?!”
“No… the red ones.”
I thought they were ruined. I was so upset. I couldn’t bring myself to throw the shoes away hoping I could find replacement soles out there. I looked and looked, but the internet let me down. An alternative was needed.
Now, this whole “dog chewing out my soles” thing happened about 9 months ago and I’m at the point where I need to replace the soles again (which is what’s so great about this! You can replace them any time you need!). So the old soles you see here are the first replacements after my dog ruined the original leather ones.
First what you need to do is rip the old soles out if your dog hasn’t already…. (I’m not bitter, I promise).
Next, since your shoes are probably smelly and gross (which is why you’re doing this to begin with) you need to wash them.
Make sure it’s cold water and DO NOT put them in the dryer! The heat from the dryer wont be good for the glue holding the shoe to the sole. Let them air dry.
Next step is to create the new soles that will go into your shoes. To do that you need to scamper off to the craft store and pick yourself up a sheet of this:
It’s a sheet of craft foam with an adhesive side. They’re about 50 cents a sheet which makes this a super economical way to fix your shoes.
Lay your old soles out on top of the foam, trace, and cut out the soles.
You can either go out and buy some fabric or, like me, use some extra scrap fabric you have lying around.
Peel the paper off the adhesive side of the new sole and stick to the wrong side of the fabric you chose.
Trim the excess fabric.
So cute! Much more fun than the old leather soles anyways!
Next, I used my sewing machine to go around the edge of the sole to make sure it is going to hold until my shoes become all gross and funky again.
Once you’ve got your soles prepped and your Toms are washed and (air) dried you can put the two together. Use a glue that’s stong and has got some heft behind it. If you use something like Elmer’s Glue it probably wont hold very long. I used Goop Glue.
DO NOT put glue all over the bottom of the sole! If you do this you’ll never be able to get it off the shoe again. All you need is a small dab at the heel and the toe. This will be more than enough to hold the sole in place.
That’s it! You’re done! Now you have a cute and revived pair of shoes that smells like shoes are supposed to smell when you’re not a hobo.