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« on: March 12, 2010 03:22:56 PM »

Hello all,

I have a pair of lace-up doc martens which go up to my knee, a relic from high school/university.  The problem is, they take so dang long to tie up that I haven't worn them for years.  I am thinking about adding a zipper.  The plan is to cut a line down the back and glue the zipper in (the leather is WAYYYY to thick to hand-sew, unless I use an awl, which is an idea).  Do you think a krazy glue (or something similar) would last?


« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2010 08:40:44 AM »

You can use Krazy Glue or your good ol' fashioned shoe glue. Either way, it should work! But I would reccomend using a heavy zipper with thick teeth to withstand the amount of use it'll get. Smiley Please be sure to put of pics of the finished product! Cheesy -x-

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2010 06:38:52 AM »

Thanks!  I probably won't get a chance to attempt it for a week or two...
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2010 02:21:01 PM »

Advice on Krazy Glue or any other super glue/ACC adhesives. Get the kind that are specifically made for things like fabric, sometimes referred to as a thicker glue, or slower-drying, or gap-filling. Regular water-thin super glues aren't designed to bond porous stuff. And also be aware that when you put it on, it will take away the flexibility, as most super glues do not bend. It may also make it very uncomfortable on your legs, unless you put some sort of gusset between them and the zipper you just glued in place. One other thing, some super glues also destroy fabric, so do your homework. As a bootmaker and model train builder, I love working with super glues. My favorite is Zap-A-Gap. That's good for fabric, vinyl, leather, as well as plastic and metals, and it's thick, setting up in about a minute instead of instantaneously. I use it for mounting trim on my boots, and after many years none of it has ever come off any of them under normal use. Good luck with your project.

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