Building heels

Building heels

I haven’t posted pictures of these boots for a while but I have been working on them. The soles are on and I’m building the heels now. I am so proud to say that these are the first two pairs of boots that I’ve built using exclusively Renia Aquilim water-based, non-toxic glues with the exception of the soles. Cowboy boot soles are applied while wet and the Aquilim glues work best for applications where the leather is dry.

About customboots

I'm a custom cowboy boot maker. I own a business, Sorrell Custom Boots, and I create bespoke cowboy boots using vintage machinery and hand tools. I also own, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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6 Responses to Building heels

  1. Carol Rochfort says:

    Hi Lisa, presuming you are trying to use the safest glues, what have you used for the soles of the boots that you used Regia Aquilim on? Also, if I was attaching soles dry, would you recommend the Aquilim for the soles? I have only made a few shoes so far, for my children but am half way through a pair for myself and am worried about the fumes from glues such as Barge.

    • customboots says:

      First, I’m using two varieties of Renia Aquilim–the GL is a rubber cement and the 315 is a contact cement. Speaking specifically about the 315: Because cowboy boot soles must be wet when they’re added to the boots I haven’t tried it for soles. However, I’m using the 315 for all of my fillers and building my heels and I’m more than satisfied with how it bonds when the leather is dry. My feeling is that it would provide an excellent bond for soles on the shoes you’re building.

      When you try it for soles I’d love to hear your results, and if you need any tips on using it feel free to ask. I love these glues!


  2. Hedley says:

    Hi, Lisa – what’s the different uses for Aquilim 315 vs. 325?

  3. JD says:

    Hello Lisa, I am making kids shoes and I would like to use Aquilim 315 for gluing rubber soles to them. I work at home so I am trying to use healthy glue. Can I use it for the soles, will it hold strong enough and is it the right type of glue to use for that purpose? Thanks

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