DIY How To Fix A Boot’s Heel-lining – Semi-Tutorial Try

I have this great pair of Timberland hiking boots that I use all year ’round. I’ve had them for years, and outside of the tread starting to smooth out in spots, the only problem I’ve had with them is the lining at the heel bunching.

I wouldn’t mind so much, if not for the terrible blisters it gave me. I couldn’t see myself spending a lot of money on a new pair at the moment, and I hadn’t thought about actually fixing them until recently.

Apparently, doing your own shoe repair isn’t exactly on the top of many people’s to-do lists, so it was difficult finding pointers online. However, I did come across this tutorial for running shoes, and since the issue was similar, I figured I’d give it a try.

Both shoes were similarly damaged, but I didn’t think to get a pic of them both for some reason. Usually, there’s an insert at the bottom.
As you can see in the above picture, years of tugging the shoes on and off, as well as wearing them for hours at a time, did a number on the lining. I do untie the boots every time I take them off, since, well, what’s the point of wearing hiking boots if you can’t lace them up securely?
Since I have an uneven gate, thanks in part to my scoliosis, the shoes are damaged in slightly different places.

You can probably see there’s a fair amount of padding to the boots, too. The tutorial didn’t address replacing it, so I decided to wing it at first.

Amazing how something so small can cause so much pain.

First, I removed the damaged foam with a pair of scissors. I also removed a little of the fabric, too, so I could have a smoother surface with which to work.

Hot glue is such a mess to work with. It does the job, though.

To make up for the missing padding, I made use of some scraps from the plush doll I’d made earlier in December. I cut four pieces big enough to cover the damaged bits of the shoe, and glued two together for each shoe. Then, I glued the resulting padding to the boot interiors.

Little surprised at how well the denim matched the boots.

This is where I followed the tutorial. I happened to have an old, wrecked pair of my husband’s jeans-shorts lying around. They provided the fabric for the cover patches. As suggested in the tutorial, I folded the top part down before gluing it in place.

I didn’t want to fold the sides over, because I was afraid the small ridge would later translate into more blisters. I did, however, glue them down as securely as possible.

They feel SO much better, now.

Then, I added some stitches. I just ended up using a straight needle, but the curved one the author of the tutorial used would probably have made the sewing easier. I used the thickest thread I had, although it didn’t really match the boots very well.

Hey, I’m either hiking in the middle of nowhere, or have the cuffs of my pants covering them when I wear these boots, so why should looks matter?

Now, I realize this isn’t exactly the most professional of fixes, but I think it’ll hold for a while, and it cost me next to nothing to do. It didn’t take all that long, either. I didn’t time myself, but I do know that it only took me about an hour, if that.

That said, there are kits you can use for shoe repair. I’m sure some brands are better than others, but this is a great, low cost fix for the do it yourselfers out there.

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