Keep soles from drying out?

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by Lautrec, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Lautrec

    Lautrec New User

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    Say you're a rec player and don't change shoes often. How do you keep your rubber soles from drying out over time making you lose traction?

    Can you wipe them down with some fatty substance maybe? Keep them in the fridge?
     
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  2. Tamiya

    Tamiya Semi-Pro

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    We use glycerine or pure silicone oil to preserve natural rubber parts.

    Dunno if its worth treating shoe soles though, don't think they're made
    of pure real rubber for a while already. Not like car tyres.

    Have got shoes that are 20yo+, some unworn some part worn.
    Soles aren't the big worry, more like their uppers materials are splitting
    and delaminating... so bits that are glued on (to top surface) are pulling
    off vs bits that are sewn thru the material are staying on.
     
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  3. gavna

    gavna Hall of Fame

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    Some of these threads and the answers just kill me?
     
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  4. Tamiya

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    dunno about u but I went digging for 20yo shoes to suit my 30yo racquets :twisted:
     
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