resoled my birks

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This would be the 3rd soles on these birks. I still need to grind down the edges and clean them up, but that was not too hard at all. A quick google led me to an instructable about replacing the sole on a pair of birkenstocks. I picked up the material from DIY Footwear for $22 after shipping and procrastinated for a couple weeks. I got the larger sheet to have more material to work with and I am glad I did.

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About a decade ago I learned a hard lesson. I cleaned up some birkenstock sandals really good and set them in the oven to dry them. The soles shrank and peeled right off. I searched for folks using the oven method to remove the soles and only found one mention. I decided to go for it and it made removing the old sole easier, but it still took a lot of work. I used an OLFA Utility Knife to get the soles off.

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Smooshed them overnight and they were good to go in the morning. The hood vent in the kitchen helped keep the baked shoe and glue smell to a minimum. I think it costs just a bit more to send them in for replacement, but I did not want to be without my fave shoes, they are such good standing shoes for women but I’ve had them for too long and these are a bit beat up and worth the risk of doing it on my own. I would do it again.

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