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Old 02-07-2017, 03:50 PM   #1
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Mesh shoe repair

I have a pair of shoes with a mesh top. They are so comfortable they are now my only choice for just about every occasion. After 7 months, though, there's a problem - a hole above the big toe. This has happened to me with running shoes but not regular wear. A patch over the hole is not an option because it would ruin the appearance. Duct tape on the inside doesn't work. Anyone have any suggestions for how to repair the shoe mesh, and also how to prevent it from happening with a new shoe?
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Old 02-07-2017, 05:39 PM   #2
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Might help if you could post a photo of it.

My first thought was a piece of moleskin on the inside, but another idea might be Tear Mender. Worth a try.
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Can you stitch it? I also almost wonder if you are buying the wrong size shoes if you have this problem consistently.
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So your big toe bends up too?
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Old 02-07-2017, 08:49 PM   #6
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It would seem unlikely to be able to repair mesh in a way that looks okay. Maybe a shoe repair place can make a new 'nose" for the front of both shoes (matching/complimentary color/pattern)? If made of something strong enough, it might prevent a recurrence.

You'd have to find a true shoe repair shop, and it wouldn't be cheap, but if you really like the shoes, it might be worth it.

Preventing--do you know what is causing it? I tear up a lot of my shoes on the wheels/undercarriage of my office chair as I often sit with my feet at all kinds of angles under there.
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Sand off those sharp edges after you clip 'em?
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buy the same type , same size and put some tape on the inside to start, or rubber glue a patch of leather on the inside where it will wear out.
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Sorry, it's been a long day. A photo, as requested. I'll respond to the other comments in a bit.
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I bet you $100, you are buying a half to one size too small.
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Shoe fits perfectly. (I'll take that $100, thank you ). No socks. That's the issue - the hole is right above the toe nail.

To prevent future wear, a patch inside the shoe above the toe should work. I tried duct tape, it doesn't stay in place. I've browsed the interwebs and Amazon but haven't found anything useful.

A repair for this hole would also be nice, but I don't have high hopes. Perhaps the same patch, just colored to try and match the grey.
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Oh just buy a new pair.
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To get better adhesion - lightly brush (to keep from oozing through) the target area with rubber/contact cement. Let dry, apply the patch. Gorilla tape is stickier/tougher than other duct tape and black (top side) unfortunately the sticky side is grey.
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Second alternative solution - black magic marker.
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Second alternative solution - black magic marker.
3rd option - line the toe with a dryer sheet... several folks around here have vast collections and may be able to offer one up.
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Shoe fits perfectly. (I'll take that $100, thank you ). No socks. That's the issue - the hole is right above the toe nail.

To prevent future wear, a patch inside the shoe above the toe should work. I tried duct tape, it doesn't stay in place. I've browsed the interwebs and Amazon but haven't found anything useful.

A repair for this hole would also be nice, but I don't have high hopes. Perhaps the same patch, just colored to try and match the grey.
I have the same shoes (love OluKai) and they are supposed to fit loose, wiggly. My toes don't touch. Try trimming your nail too.
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Try trimming your nail too.
Any other hygiene recommendations? Nose hair trim? Ear wax removal?
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Perhaps the same patch, just colored to try and match the grey.
Your toe is grey?
There may be a bigger problem here than we thought.
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If I really liked the shoes and had already bought another pair, before I threw out the first pair I'd dip just the toe of each shoe in black Plastidip (the stuff used to coat the handles of hand tools). It is tough, and might just work--the mesh will give it plenty to grab on to. Or, get a bright color to make a fashion statement. The toes probably would still get enough ventilation if it was kept close to the front.
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