Lets face it, your work boots are under constant attack, and there will inevitably be a day where they start to come apart.
An early warning sign that your boots are coming to the end of their lifespan is when the sole starts to separate from the actual boot. unfortunately, this will still eventually happen, even if you choose the right pair of work boots for your job,
Turn a blind eye and you will be forking out for a new pair before you know it. If you want to prolong the life of your dying work boots, you have two options:
1. Take it to a cobbler and get the sole replaced ($20-$80)
This is not possible for all work boots, some are designed to allow for this, and others are not. Check with your local cobbler and they will shed some light on the issue.
2. DIY sole repair ($10-$30)
Here is what you will need:
Sealant (shoe goo or aqua seal)
Waterproofing conditioner or wax (optional)
For small holes:
Clean area with alcohol
Once dry, smear the sealant into the hole, and over it about 1cm.
Smooth out with finger, allow to dry overnight
For a separating sole
Clean area with alcohol and let it dry
Using contact cement, apply it to the sole, and the boot where it has separated. Once the glue is dry, gently move the 2 halves together
Duct tape that shit up so it bonds tightly, and leave it overnight
Once dry, use the sealant into and around the groove where It has been repaired
Go the extra mile and waterproof or condition the whole boot, paying special attention to the repaired area