How to Fix Sole Separation – Air Jordan 11 Retro

How to Fix Sole Separation – Air Jordan 11 Retro

– Air Jordan 11 Retro –

How to fix sole separation is one of the main questions I get as a shoe repair professional.  Lots of people want to know how to do it themselves.  The collectors of Air Jordans are particular about keeping their expensive Nike Air Jordans in good, collectible shape.  In this video, I demonstrate the 4 steps how to do it yourself from the comfort of your own home.


The supplies are available on my Amazon shopping cart.  As an Amazon Associate I earn a percentage of your purchases which supports me making more content for you!  In this video I used contact cement, a screwdriver, sandpaper, white Angelus paint and a paint brush.  keep a rag handy for cleaning up any mess you might make.


Step 1:  Separate the Sole from the Shoe

I typically remove the entire sole from the shoe, especially with the Nike Air Jordans.  That was not the case here.  This Air Jordan was still glued well together and only needed gluing in certain key spots.  I still checked the entire sole to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  If something is coming unglued, it is usually because of old glue, thus, the whole shoe should be checked.  In this situation, the glue was holding well.  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is the saying that applies here.

I used a tool very similar to a screwdriver.  I would recommend a screwdriver if you are doing this at home.  It is important to use it carefully until you are used to handling it properly.  It is easy to accidentally let the tool slip, and now you have a cut down your perfect shoe.  As a professional, I always take my time.  Once you have your surfaces apart from each other, you will want to sand them.  I keep different grits, or roughness of paper, on hand for different jobs.  On this project I used a rough grit in order to create a rough surface for the glue to adhere.

Step 2:  Apply the Glue to the Sole and Shoe

I use contact cement for all of my projects.  In this video I used an oil gun filled with contact cement.  It allows me to get into the small areas with finesse.  Once the glue is applied, I squeeze the layers together, wipe away the excess, and let the pieces open up so that the air can get inside and dry the glue.

Step 3: Assemble the Glued Surfaces

I wait 20-25 minutes before I assemble the soles. Once the glue is dry, I CAREFULLY push the two parts back together again.  Contact cement works best when dry and the areas contact each other.  I take my time and make sure I have a good hold of the shoe parts.  Press firmly to assure they hold.

Step 4: Paint Over the Glued Areas

Painting the shoe is the most fun for me and likely will be for you.  I have collected a large assortment of Angelus paints because of the variety of projects I do.  In this video, I use white and a fine tip paint brush.  I have included the paint brushes I use on my Amazon shopping page.  If you do a lot of art projects I would by the large package.  They are affordable and hold up well over lots of use.

Finished!  Learning how to fix the sole separation is super easy, just take your time!

Installing Rivets, Eyelets, Snaps and Stamps  #athome

Installing Rivets, Eyelets, Snaps and Stamps #athome

Installing Rivets, Eyelets, Snaps and Stamps

#at home

Tandy Leather Factory and designer Teri Edmonds have teamed up to bring you this helpful video demonstrating two great ways to install rivets, eyelets snaps and stamps using the Craftool® Pro Hand press and hand tools.  All of the products seen here are listed below and are available on the website.  I also have included a link to my Amazon Shopping cart for additional crafting supplies.  When you by from my Amazon cart I receive a small percentage so thank you for supporting me so I can keep making more content for you!


3960-00 Craftool® Pro Hand Press –

This hand press is simple to install and simple to use.  It comes packed in a compact box and is heavy-duty.  It can be permanently on a desktop or workbench or it can be more portable using a C-clamp or two.  The long handle makes light work of of your project and is easy on the wrists.  This video shows 5 different types of hardware but the Craftool® Pro has so many more uses.  A person could collect a wide array of dies including alphabet stamps and round spot rivets.  The Craftool® Pro hand press is accurate and precise every time if used properly.

  • Attachments and parts for the Craftool® Pro Hand Press –
  • 3984-00Decorative rivets and Burrs Press Die and 11277-37 Aluminum Decorative Rivets and Burrs
  • 3994-00 Multi-Purpose snaps press die and 3996-00 Line 24 Snaps
  • 3997-00 Rivet Die and 3997-01 Wide Double Cap rivets press die
  • 3992-00 Eyelets Press Die and 1286-12 Eyelets
  • 3961-01 Craftool® Press Die Stamp Set and 3961-02 Craftool® Alphabet Stamp Holder

Hand Tools –

This video demonstrates how to use a variety of hand tools. The hardware supplies are listed above and the hand tool listed below.  The tools can be purchased separately but Tandy also offers a Craftool® Pro Workshop Kit that has these parts and many more to complete a workshop.

  • 8094-00 Eyelet Setter with Anvil
  • 8108-10 Snap-All Setter Set
  • 3300-04 Rawhide Mallet
  • 8190-01 Craftool MiniHefty Handle
  • 8131-00 3/4″ Craftool® Standard Alphabet Stamp Sets

Workshop Essentials

I have been a cobbler for a very long time.  I repair everything from shoes to belts, bags and even saddles and bridals.  I make custom goods as well as repair items for others.  My workshop is extensive.  I have several work benches and stations.  I have used old-school tools as well as modern, time-saving tools.  As a busy professional, I am always looking for ways to do what I do faster and safer on my hands and wrists.  In this video I demonstrate the difference between hand tools and the more modern Craftool® Pro.