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How to make a shoe bolster

How to make a shoe wedge
Repair shoe for lateral damage to foot
How to make a shoe for arthritic damage to ankle
What is shoe bolster?
It is additional material added to side of shoe to support injured or deformed foot
Shoe goo can be used to make bolster, and to make a wedge on bottom of shoe.
Or to raise the height of any part of shoe.

Following photos are from a boltster and wedge I make for my right ankle that was damaged in impact that twisted the ankle. Similar injuries are found with car accident and plane accident victims.
The impact caused the bone to collapse, leaving my ankle bent sideways.
Over time, walking on the the foot has fused most of the joint, but it remains unstable and painful without correct shoe.
The damaged ankle also shortens length of right leg causing uneven stress on hips and back.
To solve the ankle and leg-length problem, I originally paid a company to make a shoe bolster applied to tennis shoes that I purchased.
That company went out of business. The lack of expertise by regular shoe repair shops, and lack of insurance coverage for a corrective shoe, and the foot doctor's insistence that I needed a leg brace caused me to manufacture my own shoe for the cost of a few dollars of shoe goo.
I purchased Nike shoes locally. The shoes have a cushioned sole. The cushion sole is nice and soft, but collapses toward the right because of damaged right ankle. The shoes only last a few days without the bolster.
The following pictures show how to add a bolster and optional wedge to a tennis shoe using shoe goo. How it works: The shoe goo eliminates the cushion on right side of shoe... the rest of shoe is still cushioned.. so shoe becomes stable at the right point for my ankle.
I use soft tennis shoe instead of hard leather shoe because the side of shoe is soft against side of ankle



New shoe goo is more fluid
Older shoe goo becomes thick and will not flow as smooth or level itself as well as new
Cut shape out of plastic water or milk container using knife or scissors
Shoe goo does not stick to plastic or masking tape

Tape plastic shape to side of shoe
Make sure tape is stuck well
Double or triple tape it

Make sure tape is securely attached to shoe
A gap in tape will let shoe goo drip down and be difficult or impossible to remove
Do not let shoe goo get too high on side of shoe or the rigid side of shoe will cut onto ankle
Leave space so shoe goo can flow down along edge of shoe

Gene Haynes Warning: shoe goo will cause respiratory problems
Do the work outside
Wear respirator mask
Let shoe goo dry before bringing inside

Shoe goo is also flammable... do not use indoors or near open flame.

This is called a half-face mask, and has a chemical filter on it that blocks smell of shoe goo completely.

Buy:
Respirator mask at Amazon


Set the shoe so it is tipped at angle to match the bolster that you want

I tipped the shoes backwards and to the side so shoe goo would fill the heel, and side of shoe
Both these are right shoes.
The bolster is needed to correct damaged ankle from injury and arthritis

Warning: shoe goo will cause respiratory problems
Do the work outside
Wear respirator mask
Let shoe goo dry before bringing inside


Squeeze out shoe goo into space formed by the plastic
Make shoe wedge First coat of shoe goo applied
Add as many coats as needed
Shoe goo will stick to itself even if it's dry or partly dry
Make shoe bolster Remove plastic and tape from shoe
More shoe goo can be added any time
New and old shoe bolster Comparison between new bolster and old bolster worn every day for last 10 months
These inexpensive tennis shoes have a cushion sole.
When you walk, the cushion compresses.
The bolster on right side of heel stops the cushion from compressing on right side.
The left side of the shoe still compresses when walking.
The result is a bolster that keeps the right side of the shoe from compressing, thereby stabilizing the damaged ankle.

Notice that new and old bolsters look about the same.
The shoe goo holds its shape for a long time.
However the old shoe wore out in the front.

Professionally made bolsterProfessionally-made bolster with a wedge from Medical Shoe Company
This company went out of business, and local shoe repair shops were unable to duplicate

This shoe was not designed well for my ankle, but it lasted nine months of hard wear when I was painting houses.
Has hard sole, not cushioned, so it lasted a long time, but the hard surface required 'breaking in' which was painful.
Bolster was too high, and rubbed ankle, which required me to cut it down and tolerate pain until the shoe and ankle agreed

Overall, my design is better, less visible and pain-free for me without breaking in.... probably because the new shoe is wider, with a cushioned sole, and my bolster is not as high.
My bolster lets me walk pain free, and as rapidly as I want.
art post . netProfessionally-made bolster  ... these are my old work and hiking shoes... thoroughly broken in and about 15 years old.
They worked well, and I added carpet and piece of wood to inside for riser and cushion... but they were dirty and worn out so they met a trash can two years ago... I should've had them bronzed.

Cut-out 
for ankle can be seen on right shoe. This was cut down so the bolster did not rub ankle.
The new bolster on the cushioned Nike shoe is better because the shoe is soft, and the bolster does not go as high.