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Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga will feature shoe sole glueing as a one-off service on Saturday 1 April from 10am to 1pm at the Sustainable Activity Centre, Gateway Island.
“Most of us have experienced the disappointment when a sole separates from a favourite pair of shoes,” Repair Cafe co-ordinator Lizette Salmon said.
“Some of us have tried glueing it back together, in my case with mixed success.
“Glueing soles is not rocket science, but I now realise there are some important elements to ensure success, such as cleaning and roughening the surfaces, using the right glue and waiting until it feels tacky before pressing the surfaces together.
“We’ve had some Repair Cafe visitors inquire about shoe sole glueing, so we’ve decided to offer it as a special one-off service in April.”
The glueing station will be overseen by Terry Burns with assistance from Russell Renfrey. Both have been Repair Cafe generalist repairers and garden tool sharpeners since it opened in November 2015.
“I’ve been a jack of all trades for many years, but am new to shoe glueing,” Mr Renfrey said.
“I’ve watched my father glue shoes together and am looking forward to helping Terry. It’s always good to pick up new skills, which is what the Repair Cafe is all about.
“Terry will be there to show people how to prepare the shoes, apply the grip contact adhesive, clamp and then advise on curing.
“We’ll be encouraging people to do most of it themselves, so in future they’re able to do it independently.”
Visitors should note that shoe glueing works best in shoes with a flat sole. Soles with a vertical edge at the toe will need to be clamped by hand and are at greater risk of detaching.
“Steps for glueing shoe soles, including recommended glues, will be posted on our Facebook page shortly after the Repair Cafe session,” Ms Salmon said.
To date almost 700 people have visited Albury-Wodonga’s free Repair Cafe, a community-driven initiative helping people fix furniture, bikes, battery-operated appliances, clothing, books and jewellery, as well as sharpening small garden tools.
Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga is open 10am-1pm the first Saturday of each month, except January, at the Sustainable Activity Centre, Gateway Island. For more information visit Facebook or ecoportal.net.au.

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