Holes in toe or side of shoe fix

LiamMiguel

Rookie
On the court, I typically can be a toe dragger, especially whenever I slide causing holes in the toe or the side of the shoe. I have used duct tape in the past to cover any holes but it just eventually comes off quickly. Does anyone else know if there is a better option to patch up a hole like that?
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Old School Trick

Cut a used ball into 72° "lemon wedges" and use strategically placed dots of cyanoacrylate adhesive to glue it to the outsole around the hole as a kind of skid plate (maybe "bandage" is more accurate).

It actually works great, though the glue dots start to fail¹ and it gets loose after a few sessions; but functionally it's great. [Replacement costs are... another wedge of the ball you already cut up and about six minutes of your time.]

Plus, tennis balls are (presumably) made for "dragging" (skidding) against abrasive court surfaces, so it's appropriate material for the intended use.

/Acey

¹—see my post below on updated adhesive tech

me => lower-income family hard core jr player in my day. Now I have twelve pair of shoes in active rotation == poor little kid syndrome :cautious:, methinks.
 
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LiamMiguel

Rookie
Old School Trick

Cut a used ball into 72° "lemon wedges" and use strategically placed dots of cyanoacrylate adhesive to glue it to the outsole around the hole as a kind of skid plate (maybe "bandage" is more accurate).

It actually works great, though the glue dots start to fail and it gets loose after a few sessions; but functionally it's great. [Replacement costs are... another wedge of the ball you already cut up and about six minutes of your time.]

Plus, tennis balls are (presumably) made for "dragging" (skidding) against abrasive court surfaces, so it's appropriate material for the intended use.

/Acey

lower-income family hard core jr player in my day. Now I have twelve pair of shoes in active rotation == poor little kid syndrome :cautious:, methinks.
Interesting…never heard of anything like that.
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
[... <and use strategically placed dots of cyanoacrylate adhesive
Note Well

that was the old recipe we used.

today I would use a pro-grade contact cement (=> from any general hardware store, easily). I'm confident that would last through the life of the "bandage" which only happened rarely with the CA bonds.

Contact cement (~125cc/4 oz) is about 5EU (~6USD) so it's a cheap experiment I'd do myself if I had anything needs fixing but I don't atm.

/Acey
 
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