Product Review: Shoe Goo A Great Fix For Motocross Boot Soles, Prolonging Resole Repair
Face it, motocross has become an unbelievably expensive sport. Long gone are the days when you can purchase an entire package needed for basic riding (bike, gear, parts, etc) for less than a thousand dollars. Nope … today, just some decent protective gear can set you back more than a grand. Whether you enjoy to ride as a hobby on enduro trials, or prefer to race every weekend across the country …saving money is critical to staying on two wheels. There are dozens of helpful tips floating around the MX community that can help save you money. One such tip, is to use Shoe Goo to protect your expensive motocross boots. Shoe Goo was originally developed as a water sealant for tennis shoes, but quickly expanded into a successful shoe sole repair product with numerous applications. Veterans of the sport of motocross have been using Shoe Goo for years and it has become a proven money saving MX tip.
Today’s motocross boots are extremely well made. From the ‘top of the line’ models that cost over $500, all the way down to simple entry level motocross boots, quality has become very impressive. Unfortunately however, the soles of these boots are always the first thing to give out and force replacement. One reason is because today’s dirt bikes have very sharp teeth on their foot pegs. Sharp foot pegs tend to destroy boot soles very quickly. Some boot manufacturers make it easy to replace the boot soles, such as the Sidi Crossfire. The Sidi Crossfire literally has it’s soles “bolted” into the bottom of the boot, for easy replacement once worn out. Most motocross boots however, do not have “bolted” in soles. Instead, the soles are glued in place on the assembly line, and when they become too worn for use, the boots must be sent back to the manufacturer, or to an aftermarket resole company, for replacement. That is an expensive job…typically costing around $100. Many riders even discard their boots once these soles have become completely worn out.
If, however, on a regular basis, you apply a light coat of Shoe Goo to the bottom of your motocross boot soles , the life of the soles can be extended for a surprisingly long time. We have used Shoe Goo on our boots for several years, and have probably saved over a thousand dollars because of it. Alpinestar Tech 10′s are our preferred boot of choice, and even though they are truly excellent boots … the soles seem to last as long as J-Law’s comeback after incarceration. Considering that we choose to sharpen our foot pegs for better handling, our motocross boot soles are definitely put to the test. The Shoe Goo is applied evenly, with a small, disposable, paint brush. It takes at least 48 hours to completely dry. Always be sure that the sole’s surface is thoroughly cleaned before spreading the Shoe Goo onto the sole. It can also be applied directly to trouble areas where the sole has been ruptured, such as a deep worn area, where your boot typically makes the most contact with the peg. Don’t think that the Shoe Goo is a one-time fix that will last forever. Depending on how hard you ride or how sharp your pegs are…you may need to reapply a coat as soon as every few rides. But Shoe Goo will definitely extend the life of your motocross boot’s soles….making it worth quite a bit of savings over time! Cheers, Chronic MX.
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