Purchasing youth wrestling shoes is a task that many dread. However, if you are happy with the shoes that you already have, and you only want to spice up their design, there is an alternative that you can count on. In this article, we have decided to lend you a hand by putting together a guide on how to sole swap wrestling shoes. So, if you want to learn more about the topic, keep reading!
Remove the old sole
The first thing you have to do before swapping soles is to remove the original sole of the shoe. There are three different methods that you could apply, depending on the way in which the footwear that you own is made.
If the sole is sewn in, you have to use a small blade or a pair of scissors and carefully cut off the stitches. Then, remove the sole starting from the top of the shoe. If the sole is stapled on, use a pair of pliers or a clog to break the staples one at a time.
Finally, if the sole is glued on, you should apply heat and gently pry it off. The older the shoe is, the easier it will be to remove the shoe from the sole as the glue is weaker. Some previous customers also advise in favor of letting the shoes soak in warm water, as this will help make the glue easier to remove.
Clean the surface
Before you attach the new sole onto the shoe, it is time to clean the shoe of all dirt and debris. If there are traces of the old glue, use acetone to remove it. Moreover, it is vital that you let it dry completely before you continue to the next step.
If you do not allow the shoe to dry enough, chances are that the new sole will not attach correctly to the shoe.
Attaching the new sole
Once the shoe is dried up, it is time to apply a thin layer of glue along the top edge of the new sole and across its interior surface. It is crucial that you use a special type of glue to do so. You can find specialized glue that was designed to be utilized for shoe repairs online.
The best glues on the market are made with silicone and they can bond to various kinds of materials such as plastics, rubber, and even vinyl. Besides, these shoe adhesives are waterproof.
Once you apply the glue using a cotton ball or a brush, you should immediately place the sole in the correct position. However, keep in mind that, depending on the glue that you are using, instructions regarding how to utilize the adhesive might differ. For instance, some adhesives require heat to be activated.
To avoid ruining your beloved shoes, be sure to read what the manufacturer instructs customers to do.
After you place the new sole, apply pressure for as long as the instructions indicate. It is best that you start by gluing the front of the shoe first. Before you apply pressure, make sure that the edges align perfectly.
Let it dry
Finally, it is time to clamp the sole using rubber bands and other weights. For the surface of the sole to get attached to the shoe itself, it is advisable that you secure the sole by setting weights onto it.
To avoid the risk of the shoe losing its original shape, it might also help to stuff papers into it. This way it will not get clamped. It is recommended that you wait 24 hours before you use the shoes again. In the meantime, you should let them dry in a cool and dry place where they won’t be moved or touched.
Reattaching a loose sole
If the sole on your shoe has detached, putting it back in place is a rather simple process. To start, clean the shoe by using water and alcohol. Use a rag to do so thoroughly. Once the shoe is clean and dry, use an adhesive to apply a layer of glue where the sole has come apart.
It is best that you make the layer fairly thick. If it overflows, you can always remove the excess. However, using too little glue is not recommended.
Once again, remember that some glues need to be left to cure for a number of minutes. Only then can the user put the sole in place. So, be sure to read the instructions made available by the distributor.
Next, press the sole against the shoe. Do so with care so that the adhesive does not get on your hands by accident. To keep the sole in place for a long time, use rubber bands and weights. Let the glue dry for about 24 hours or at least overnight.
In case the glue has overflowed and it is now dried, use 120-grit sandpaper to remove it. Still, before you sand the adhesive, make sure that it has dried completely.
If you are not entirely sure that you know how to resole a shoe, it is advisable that you take your shoes to a professional. There are numerous shops where you can go and have the soles replaced. So, go online and search for such an establishment near your home.
To make sure that you have found a shop that you can trust, it is always a good idea to read the reviews left by fellow wrestlers and other customers.
When do shoes need to be resoled?
There are a few telltale signs that you should pay attention to before you decide to have your shoes resoled. First, you can check by pressing on the center of the sole with your thumb. If the sole of the shoe feels weak or spongy, it is time to invest in a new sole.
Also, if there are circular wear patterns that are easily visible on the bottom of the shoe, you should also consider having them resoled. Plus, check to see if the edge of the shoe shows signs of wear.
Last but not least, if there are worn holes in the sole, chances are that you have to have your beloved shoes taken care of by a professional.
If only one of your shoes has to be resoled, the experts argue that you should also change the sole on the other one. This way, you can be sure that you will feel comfortable while wearing them during your next training session.
To make sure that your shoes will not need to be mended often, fellow wrestlers recommend that, every time you clean them, you let them air dry instead of placing them in the drier. This is important because the high temperatures inside the drier can melt the adhesive that holds the sole in place.
So, next time you wash your training shoes, remove the cock liner, unlace them and let them air dry for a day or two as this will ensure that they will have a longer lifespan. What is more, experienced wrestlers say that putting paper towels or newspapers inside the shoes might also help absorb the extra moisture.
If you follow these recommendations, we are sure that you will end up with durable shoes that you can use while tackling any opponent!