Recently, a friend who lives in Chicago sent me a photo of his pair of Crocs that, according to him, needed new soles. I had never heard about replacing the sole of these shoes, so I thought, “Is it possible to resole your Crocs?”
It’s possible to resole Crocs. To do so, you’ll need to wash the old soles of your Crocs, prepare the new soles, glue them to the old soles of your Crocs, then trim off any excess.
While buying a new pair of Crocs may seem like the easiest option, you might want to give it a shot and resole your Crocs. You’ve got nothing to lose!
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of resoling your Crocs, and how it can be done.
Why Resole Your Crocs Today?
I remember the first time I wore a pair of Crocs. It was summer, and I had bought them because they were on clearance at Target, and I needed some new sandals to walk around campus in. A few months later, I saw they had holes in the soles, so I bought another pair on Amazon. After a year of wearing them almost daily, the new shoes proudly sport gaping holes. So I bought another. And another. And another. Until I learned about the advantages of resoling Crocs, which I’ll share with you right away.
• Lowers the risk of foot injuries: When you walk around in holey Crocs, sharp sands, stones, and other dangerous objects could easily pierce your soles. On the other hand, resoled Crocs keep foreign elements at bay, thereby increasing your overall foot health and safety.
• Non-stop comfort: When you resole your Crocs, you can enjoy their breathability, comfort, and superior quality all year round.
• Revamped utility: Instead of dumping your holey Crocs in your garage or, worse still, tossing them in landfills, resole them immediately to revamp their utility.
How to Resole Crocs, According to Videos
The guy in this video resoles a pair of Crocs clogs with small portions of superbike tires. He’s a professional cobbler, which explains why he has so many tools handy!
Here, the person glues small patches of corrugated plastic to the soles of new Crocs to make them last longer. However, I would advise you to use a material stronger than corrugated plastic and to resole the entire sole too!
What Are the Materials Needed to Resole Crocs?
Many people buy new pairs of Crocs because they think resoling will be too expensive. But the truth is that it’s not as costly as you might think, and it’s much easier than you imagine.
To fix the Crocs, you need these materials:
If you want to make the resoling process easier, purchase a belt sander. The machine is expensive, but if you repair at least three pairs of Crocs with it, you’ll have regained its cost.
That’s it! You won’t need anything else. Sometimes, you may need additional items. Be sure to have them on hand, so you don’t have any hitches in resoling your good ol’ Crocs.
Though resoling Crocs may seem difficult, it’s a quick and easy process. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or have a hectic schedule—it’s something you can enjoy doing.
Here are some easy-to-follow steps to remember if you ever decide to resole your Crocs:
Gather the Required Materials
Before you can begin to resole your Crocs, you need to gather the necessary materials. You will need glue, a trimmer, and a paintbrush.
Sand the Soles of your Crocs
When sanding the soles of your Crocs, use a disk sander with the coarsest grit possible. If you don’t have a disk sander, a belt sander will do. It may take a few minutes to sand the soles of your shoes, but be patient. If you make a mistake, it might result in unnecessary complications that might be expensive to resolve.
However, if the soles of the Crocs are already super flat, don’t use equipment to flatten even more.
Trace Onto Soft Foam
Place the Crocs on a piece of soft foam. Trace the shape of the clog onto the material using a pencil and other tools for accurate results. Make sure the foam isn’t neither too small nor big for the job.
Cut out the New Sole
When cutting the sole out of your foam, leave an inch around the edge. Although using a regular knife will work, an electric turkey knife is preferable because it gives you more control and leaves a smoother finish.
While cutting the foam, be careful not to cut your hand. Consider wearing protective gear for your peace of mind, especially when making detailed cuts. Gloves protect your hands from being nicked or sliced by the knife’s sharp blade.
Choose a High-Quality Glue
Contact Cement is a unique adhesive that works well on soft foam, but it may cause explosions, headaches, and other severe allergic reactions unless you wear a mask with a vapor cartridge to protect yourself. It’s best to use the glue in an open area with adequate ventilation.
If you’re new to using Contact Cement, read the instructions before applying it, and feel free to contact the company’s customer representatives if you have any questions.
Apply the Glue with a Paintbrush
Apply whatever glue you choose to use on the sole of the Crocs with an old paintbrush. Please don’t overdo it, though. Just ensure that the sole of the Crocs is glossy but not too gooey. Let the newly applied glue dry for an hour or two.
Attach the New Sole
Once the glue has dried, align the foam sole with the sole of your Crocs, then attach it to the latter. Squish the soles with your palms properly to increase the intensity of their bond.
Squishing the soles of your Crocs repeatedly can be tiring. Ask someone for help if you need it. Alternatively, use a hammer to speed things up.
Stomp on the resoled Crocs as hard as you can. Remember, you’re supposed to stomp on the Crocs, not jump and jam your foot on it. Stomp slowly. It’s advisable to resole your Crocs over the weekend so that you won’t be agitated during the process.
Trim the Edges
With an electric trimmer, trim the edges of the new sole as accurately as possible. If you don’t have an electric trimmer, use a sharp knife to trim the edges. After trimming, squish the foam sole and the Crocs sole together with your thumbs.
Sand the Edges
Sand the edges of your Crocs to make them smooth. Use coarse-grit sandpaper in your sander of choice. Apply pressure gently because the foam may tear or roll up when you’re sanding.
What To Remember
• Invest in good-quality materials: It’s tempting to buy cheap, low-quality material for the new sole, but you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run by investing in good-quality materials.
• Let the Crocs sole dry :Don’t attach the new sole to the Crocs sole when the former is still wet to ensure better and stress-free outcomes.
• Wear a mask :When applying Contact Cement, always wear a mask and gloves to avoid headaches. You can also take other precautions if necessary.
Wrapping up: Resole Your Worn out Crocs
If your Crocs show signs of wear, resole them today to extend their lifespan. Do you need more information about Crocs? Feel free to browse our site!