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« on: August 12, 2006 08:04:48 PM »

I have some black low-top Converse that I've worn almost every day for the past two years (and on two continents!).  Needless to say, they're getting pretty trashed.  The toes are turning brown (washing them doesn't help!!) and the canvas upper is starting to tear away from the sole, despite lots of sewing and duct tape.  The rubber support at the heel has broken down, which for a while was great because I didn't have to untie them to put them on, but the last time I tugged them on, the top seam (around the ankle) split.

So basically I am at a loss as to what to do with these shoes.  Before doing any sort of reconning I'd like to repair and clean them.  The only parts that are still in pretty good condition are the tongues and lace-up parts, which would be the parts I'd lose if I turned them into flats or something.

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2006 02:15:04 PM »

I had some crapped out Con's too, mine may not be as bad as yours, but here's what I did.

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I left them torn-up and then cut them into slip-ons, and I wear them alot! I also put new insoles in the bottom, because the insides where trashed, too.

Hope I helped!
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2006 01:42:39 PM »

Those are wicked cute, but mine are ripped from the ankle almost to the sole.  Would sewing/bias tape fix that?  I really know nothing about shoe construction or recon.
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2006 01:45:53 PM »

If you wanted to you could take off most of the fabric but leave enough on so that you could sew on a new layer of fabric. I'm sure you could find a pattern for tops somewhere on here! and if you wanted you could somehow dye the bittom part  and then put in new insoles...

just kinda blathering at this point... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2006 01:56:24 PM »

oop! found a site that might give you a good idea!
http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/03/shoes_made_from_recycled_stuff.html
I don't know about you but i think those green plaid ones are pretty snazzy.... i might just have to find some shoes...
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2006 02:36:07 PM »

Not exactly sure if I understand where they are ripping, but if it is the fabric in the heel, how about cutting the fabric portion of the heel and making them like mules (clogs)?  That way, you could still have them lacing up, you just wouldn't have to continue to tie/untie them to get them on and off.   Then, there is a post of someone else jazzing up there "chucks" with markers.  Maybe that would clean up the areas that don't clean up well.  Have fun and good luck.
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