"Ain't Pretty" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO6400
“Ain’t Pretty” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

Today’s photo is a close-up of some “repair” work I did on my hiking boots. I bought a pair of Keen Targhee II boots several years ago, on sale at REI for only $12 and they have served me well over the years. They are comfortable and have an adequate amount of support. But the one huge flaw is that Keen used a glue for that particular model which wasn’t as strong as other types of glue. The rumor is that they used a more environmentally friendly type of glue, which is commendable, but the sole pretty much separated from the upper. Upon close inspection, I couldn’t find any glue residue at all – it’s as if the glue just disappeared!

I probably should get new boots, but since I love these so much that I decided to slather a good amount of Shoe Goo on them and reattach the soles. It’s definitely not pretty, but I am hoping they hold.

We are going hiking in a couple days and I’m not 100% confident that the soles will stay on, so I am bringing another pair of shoes (running) just in case. But perhaps it’s time to look for some replacements. Either way, I am happy with my $12 purchase! 😄

*** Update 11/27/2016 *** The Shoe Goo held up and the soles stayed connected the whole trip, including three moderately easy hikes. Go Shoe Goo!!!

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