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    Glue-on shoe soles--are they available?

    I need 1, even two pairs of such.

    BUT I've searched Ebay and Google. I've checked locally with 3 shoe stores, Walmart, RiteAid and CVS. I've checked PriceGrabber (they keep tabs on hundreds of on-line stores). I found some on Great Britain Ebay but the seller would only sell me 3 packs so that was impractical when I considered the cost of shipping them airmail from England.''

    I used to be able to buy these in the USA. They are thin but far, far more durable than leather sole. They're made of a really tough plastic. They come with or without glue, but you can use contact cement just as well. Today they would cost, probably, between 3 and 5 dollars a pair. They last and last. For a cobbler to put leather soles on my good dress shoes will cost me $18.

    IF YOU HAVE ANY LEADS AS TO WHERE I CAN GET SUCH SOLES, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
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    Re soletech...No, not those. THOSE are full soles--didn't know you could even get those; that's why I didn't specify half-soles which is what I want. Re mcnett, no, not that "repair glue"; I just want to glue the thin plastic sole on the front half of the current sole(s).

    What I wanted was a half sole for the front half of my dress loafers...they have separate heels which is why I need only the half sole.

    I did contact soletech though, just to see if they had what I want. But if you decide to look further, that would be super, BB.
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    http://www.vibramrepair.com/en/prodotti.php?fp=9

    At that site are sheets of replacement soles that you cut to your specification:

    Sheet of tread for comfortable, sports and casual shoes for men, women and children, with the classic Vibram wave design. Features: softness, elasticity and etremely lightweight.
    But you need to be a member to view the details.

    Where had you been buying these soles before?

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    I don't remember--it's been years. But I never used to have a problem getting them--they came in a kit of 2 with glue--or without glue. A store like Wal-mart would likely have had them, or maybe a Bradlee's. Might have found them at a big hardware store. Can't recall beyond that...but they were available with perhaps 2-3 tries. It just seems to me incredible that no mfg is making them. They were a good inexpensive solution, and they lasted and lasted. I can rationalize no one makes them because of our throw-away society, but still...

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    I went to the vibramrepair site, gave them the info to register; they had soles cut out, men's and women's and in different sizes. They sent me a PW but when I used that, there was no way to contact them that I could find. Honestly, it was like they were a ghost size. But they sure had a lot of shoe sole products.

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    vibramrepair contact info:

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    Vibram S.p.A.
    Repair District
    ADDRESS:
    Via C.Colombo
    21041 Albizzate
    Varese
    PHONE:
    +39331999777
    FAX:
    +39331992572


    But no email???? I looked but couldn't find an email address.

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