As sad as it may be I’m pretty sure my hunting boot collection is beginning to rival my wife’s shoe collection. Although in all fairness my collection certainly gets a much tougher workout than the majority of her shoes which simply occupy space in our closet. And with that added use comes a little bit of abuse and some signs of wear & tear.
One of the most common wear points for any pair of boots I’ve ever owned has been the soles, which can tend to separate from the upper part of the shoe/boot after prolonged use. I just so happen to have a pair of general purpose hikers that were in need of a repair when I happened upon a product called Freesole from the folks at Gear Aid.
Freesole is a urethane-based product which retains it’s flexibility even in ultra cold temps. This is part of what makes it perfect for repairing boots and shoes. So one Saturday evening after the kids were in bed I set out to see how well this stuff really worked.
After a dozen or so miles on these repaired hikers, including climbing up and down numerous trees and across several creeks, the Freesole is holding up remarkably well. As advertised it’s very flexible and honestly I can’t even tell it’s there. So far so good. This $7 tube of handy adhesive may have just saved me from having to buy (another) new set of boots.