Put some sole into your cycling booties

by Raymond Parker on April 26, 2011

in Technical

New bicycling booties from old (or make sure your new ones last)

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Reinforced sole (optional)

For this project you will need:


  • Scissors
  • Popsicle sticks or palette knife
  • Darning needle
  • Respirator (recommended)


  • Cordura nylon
  • Thread
  • Shoe Goo™

Many otherwise serviceable neoprene cycling booties come with insufficient or non-existant soles.

This is especially important to randonneurs and tourists, who spend more time walking on their foul-weather shoe-covers. Want to put some new sole into those expensive booties? Follow this simple recipe:

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Coat with Goo
  • Mount booties on cycling shoes
  • Repair any existing small holes with Shoe Goo™
  • Cut out and tack cordura nylon “sole” to the heel of your bootie (Leave front uncovered to allow stretch).
  • Sew 3 sides, insert a few dabs of Shoe-Goo, press down nylon sole. Sew fourth side.
  • Stabilize the booties on work space (Assure adequate ventilation and/or wear a respirator).
  • Apply generous layer of Goo over the nylon sole and out around the front of the bootie’s base.
  • Use a popsiclestick or palette knife to spread the material smoothly. Take care that it does not run and avoid gooing boot to shoe.
  • Dry for a day or two before use.

There, now you’re fully prepared for winter cycling.

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