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Stink, Repair and Various

I posted a bit ago about wanting to repair my sprints, where the soles were separated from the upper at one spot inside of one of the big toes. I tried silicone glue. The VFFs laughed. I tried shoe goo. The VFFs (or perhaps the pivots I do during forms work) scoffed.

I tried barge cement. They are now fixed. I highly recommend barge cement for such purposes.

I'd also be curious for comments on de-stinkifying VFFs. The flows seem pretty easy to wash, though they take a while to dry. The sprints seem to have more trouble with stink (I think it's the leather insole), and while they responded well to washing with a peroxide based bleach, I can't say the insole cared for it. A friend recommended leaving them in the freezer overnight - this doesn't seem to work once they're really stinky, but if you think they're starting to head that direction it seems to help a lot. My problem is that I often train on wet grass, and end of wearing them wet - and spilling salt water on them at work (I work with sea slugs, so this happens...) and generally when they're damp and on my feet for hours, they get a little gross.

Also, I just ordered a pair of Bikilas. As a heads up, anyone who has an REI membership, the 20% coupon on one full priced item expires tomorrow, so it's a dandy time to use it. (Okay, they're backordered, but I figured that between the coupon and my dividend I might as well put the order in now.)


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May. 30th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Okay, after I get back from buying groceries, into the laundry they go.
May. 30th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I dumped mine into a tub of vinegar for about 12 hours (before work to after work), then into the washing machine. Worked just fine, but then again I was dealing with the normal stinky, as opposed to salt water/sea slug stinky.

Dare I ask...what do you do that involves such intimate contact with sea slugs?
May. 30th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'm working on a doctorate in neurobiology - and our lab uses sea slugs as our model system. (Actually, a lot of really important neuro research - like the original work on learning and memory - has been done in molluscs.)

I don't think the salt water is really that much more of a problem - and that's maybe once a week, really. I'm going to toss mine into the wash when I do my clothes today - they've responded pretty well to simple cleaning, I was mostly just worried about the insoles.
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May. 31st, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
Oh, dear. I've been avoiding leather (not completely, obviously) recently... and I'd really want to look at and try on a pair, but I've been having concerns about how to combine VFFs with Cleveland winters...
May. 31st, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
Baking soda and vinegar then running them through the washing machine with my other clothes has helped with the stink. I machine-wash them once a week, and only do the other bits when they get really bad. Also, letting them dry 100% before wearing them again helps prevent the mildew smell.
May. 31st, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
Vibram recommends Efferdent in a bucket of water. I'll try to find that link again.
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