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Gary and Monika Westcott travel the world researching and exploring and Shoe GOO has been a lifesaver (or more accurately, tire saver) twice!  We chatted with Gary about why he’s a Shoe GOO fan and how he uses it.

Turtle V isn’t just any SUV, what do you use the Turtle V vehicle for?

The Turtle V is an experimental prototype of the Turtle Expedition research trucks, used to travel and explore the world. Replacing four previous travel/research vehicles, The Turtle V and its European-style Tortuga Expedition Camper is the latest home on the road. Based on a Super Duty F-550, it is carefully outfitted with equipment of proven quality and reliability.

What happened to the tire and how did you use Shoe GOO to repair it?

There were two occasions. Once, while exploring backroads in Canada’s Northwest Territories, one of our BFGoodrich Mud Terrains tires suffered a severe rock cut in the face of the tread. We cleaned the cut thoroughly, filled the cut with black Shoe GOO, and drove the tire onto a flat board covered with plastic. In the morning, the tire was ready to roll. It was not a permanent repair, but it kept dirt and gravel from working its way into the tire and to the core. The plastic was gone in a few miles. The Shoe GOO lasted until we got home.

Most recently, we caught a sharp piece of metal on the side of the rear tire the day before we headed to SEMA where the truck was part of the Specialty Vehicle Exhibit. It was an ugly gash about 7 inches long on the side wall. We drove to Las Vegas, filled the gash with Shoe GOO, (all we had was clear), and placed wax paper and tape over the area. In the morning, the wax paper and tape were removed, showing a much improved damaged area. A black felt pen added some color to the clear Shoe GOO. We expect it will look even better when we get the black Shoe GOO. This is a $535.00 tire, so we don’t throw it out because of a cosmetic problem.

How is Shoe GOO different from other repair adhesives you’ve tried?

We have not tried other silicon products to repair tires. Shoe GOO just seems to be tough enough that it’s worth a try in an emergency.

Do you use Shoe GOO for anything else?

All the normal things: Birkenstocks shoe soles, hiking boots, running shoes, cracks in the rubber bottom of bath mats, etc.

To learn more about Gary and Monika Westcott’s expeditions, visit www.TurtleExpedition.com.

Note: This story is Gary & Monika’s personal experience. We love this story, but we always recommend hiring a professional to make tire repairs.

ShoGooSkateJust in case there are some avid skaters (or parents of skaters) amongst our regular DIY and craft audience, we thought we would share the latest news about Shoe GOO.

Eclectic Products, Inc., EXIT real word, and Cactus Skateboards recently launched the first ever Shoe GOO video contest!

Shoe GOO Skate is looking for talented skaters to show off their skills and show us the GOO. Contestants will be judged on skateboarding skills and the ability to creatively incorporate Shoe GOO with their videos. Winners will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes including up to $500, flip cams and skate swag.

To learn more about the contest visit ShoeGOOSkate.com.

Decoupage shoes by Stacie We are constantly amazed by the innovative and stylish crafts that people produce using Eclectic Products. Stacie Grissom recently shared her secret to making a cute pair of shoes using some basic art supplies, household items, and ShoeGOO.

Below are instructions… now hop to it and get crafty!

You Will Need:

  • Old pair of shoes, any kind will work.
  • Shoe GOO
  • Anything you want to cover your shoes: pictures, magazine clippings, candy wrappers, comic book pages, poetry book pages, fabric scraps, etc.
  • Rhinestones, beads (optional)
  • Tweezers (for rhinestones or beads)
  • Fast drying glue such as Amazing QuickHOLD

Step One

Step One

Step One:
Organize the items you want to place on your shoes and construct a design. Place the clippings on the shoes, starting with the larger items first. Place a drop of fast-drying glue such as Amazing QuickHOLD on the corner of the clipping to hold it in place and then cover the paper with Shoe GOO. Don’t be stingy with the Shoe GOO.

After the larger clippings are in place, start filling the spaces with smaller scraps until the shoe is entirely covered.

Step Two

Step Two

Step Two:
Once all of the clippings are in place and the shoe is covered, start putting drops of Shoe GOO on the shoe by rubbing it over the shoe. Only rub the the Shoe GOO over the shoe once to get a clear effect. Rubbing over the shoe more than once will cause the shoe to become opaque. Apply Shoe GOO lightly on the most visible parts of the shoe.

Tip: Place a generous amount of Shoe GOO near the sole of the shoe and where the shoe bends. Without a helping of Shoe GOO, the clippings may crack off.

Step Three

Step Three

Step Three:
Place a dollop of Shoe GOO where you would like to add embellishments. Apply rhinestones or beads to the Shoe GOO with tweezers.

Step Four:
Allow the Shoe GOO to dry completely.

Step Five:
Add another layer of Shoe GOO on places that look thin and, again, around the soles and where the shoes bend. Wait for the Shoe GOO to dry.

After this, you are done! You will have a funky pair of recycled shoes that will catch the eyes of people everywhere.

To view more photos of Stacie’s ShoeGOO photos, visit her Flickr page or visit her blog Stars for Streetlights.

The new Nike SB shoe, nicknamed the “Shoe Goo,” dropped in September and apparently has sold out at most locations. I didn’t get the connection to our Shoe Goo at first.

Sort of a retro high top and with a duct-tape-like design on the side. Pretty cool shoe… but why the “shoe goo”?

Here’s the photo:

Then I saw this photo:

I get it! That looks familiar, huh?

Thanks for the shout-out, Nike SB. We’re glad skaters love us and we’re part of skate culture. Need Shoe Goo? Check your local skateshop or go online.

Learning to skateboard definitely takes time, patience and the ability to fall down over and over and over and still get up and do it again. And during the time it takes to learn, you can go through a lot of equipment. The primary parts of a skateboard are the deck, the trucks, the wheels and bearings, the hardware and the grip tape, not to mention shoes and jeans. It can get spendy, but there are a few ways to maximize the life of your equipment…

The Deck: The main part of the board is the deck and the best ones are made of wood (usually maple). Boards are plywood – several thin layers of wood laminated together. That gives the board flex. But, if you ride in the rain, or through water or even leave your board in the sun, it can “de-laminate” and cause it to come apart. So, keep your board dry and out of the sun when you’re not skating.

Trucks: The mounting hardware takes a beating and can loosen up with the vibration and banging around the skateboards go through. Check to make sure all the hardware is tight before you ride. The bushings can also get smashed or misshapen and when that happens you have to replace them. Take a look at this video to get some tips on replacing the kingpins and bushings.

Wheels and Bearings: Wheels are generally made of polyurethane. Check to make sure there’s no major damage before you head out for a ride. When you’re street skating, it’s tough to avoid junk on the road that can chew up your wheels, but it’s worth being aware.

If your wheels are catching or dragging, it’s probably not the wheel itself, but the ball bearings. I found a great article that takes it apart step by step on how to service your bearings. One thing to keep in mind is to not use WD-40. There are products specific to ball bearings, so use the right stuff.

Shoes: Skate shoes can really take a beating. Pushing off and dragging your feet can result in wear and tear that, without maintenance, could mean replacing your shoes every few weeks. Yikes. This guy’s shoe shows the typical wear patterns.

Shoe Goo is loved by skateboarders for just this reason. You can build up the shoe in the worn spots so they last you longer. Get more tips for using Shoe Goo.

You can get some advice at Expert Village if you’re just starting out. And take time to get to know the people at your local skate shop. They can be a huge help.

photo by expense via flickr

Inspired by the amazing play at the French Open this year (visit the official site here), I thought I’d take a look and see what online opportunities there are for amateur tennis players to get support, improve your stroke or just connect with others online. There were two that appeared to be pretty popular and have a variety of features for users.

  • Racquet Speed: A social network for players and instructors. From the Web site: Raquetspeed.com lets you locate tennis courts , tennis partners , and instructors near you . You can schedule a lesson in New York , setup a match in Miami, or locate tennis courts around your home . Racquetspeed.com is a great way make new friends on the court , and stay connected to old ones. Create a custom profile, upload photos, add events and even add your favorite courts.
  • Tennisopolis: From the site: Social network where tennis fans and players share all there is to love about this amazing sport. Whether you are a fan of the pros or just love to play, Tennisopolis is for you!

Looking for a partner? Sign up for either of these networks and get connected! And to keep tennis shoes in good repair, try Shoe GOO.

Photo by small_ape via Flickr

Wall of Sports Shoes If you’re active in a sport like tennis, basketball, running or skateboarding, you know that your shoes can take a beating.

In fact, A 150-pound person walking just one mile exerts a force of 63.5 tons on a single foot, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Selecting the right shoe is paramount, especially in preventing foot-related injuries.

Each sport will have specific shoe features that are important, but there are also a few general rules of thumb to keep in mind when choosing shoes.

We all have different types of feet, but there are two ways to consider foot type. One is your “strike,” or how your foot hits the ground and the other is arch.

Strike is generally categorized in three basic types: supinated, pronated and ideal. To figure out which one you are, you can look at the wear of your current shoe.

SUPINATED – if your shoes wear is on the outside of the shoe first. The heel will be worn, but so will the shoe outside edge or little toe area.

PRONATED – with a pronated foot, the wear is on the inside heel and around the ball of the foot.

IDEAL or NEUTRAL – this foot will show little wear in any particular place.

You can also do the “wet foot” test gauge your arch.

Based on the pictures, decide which type is similar to your foot. Shoe manufacturers have taken foot types into account and created three functional categories for walking and running shoes:

Motion Control
Design: A straight shape shoe that is the most rigid and resistant to twisting and bending of all three styles
Best Fit: Individuals with a low arch, flat and generally straight feet

Stability
Design: A shoe with a slight curve to the shape
Best Fit: Individuals with medium-arched feet, typically deemed “normal”

Neutral
Design: A curved shoe that is the least rigid and resistant to twisting and bending of all three shoe categories
Best Fit: Individuals with high-arched feet
Knowing your foot type will help you choose the right shoe, but again, a few basics apply for all feet when choosing a shoe.

  • A removable insole: allows you to replace it with your own if necessary.
  • A snug heel: better for control of the back of the foot. Women purchasing men’s shoes should be aware of this.
  • A roomy toe box: you should be able to wiggle your toes comfortably and wide is better. Your toes should not touch the front of the shoe.
  • Try shoes on late in the day when you feet have expanded. You should be able to fit a finger between your heel and the back of the shoe when sitting.
  • To maintain your shoes, try Eclectic Products Shoe GOO.

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If you’re a skater (or the parent of a skater), you know that skate shoes are not cheap! And the wear and tear of skateboarding on the shoe sole is brutal.

Skaters have long known that Shoe GOO can salvage their shoes and make them last just a little bit longer.

Here are some tips from Shoe GOO fans:

  • Dam holes from the inside with duct tape before applying Shoe GOO to the outside.
  • Seal frayed or open seams with a bead of Shoe GOO.
  • Drop globs of Shoe GOO all around the area to be covered and then spread it into a sheet for seamless rubbery “shield” of adhesive from top to sole.
  • Finally, the secret to a great shield: ICE CUBES! Spreading the adhesive is the biggest challenge with these kinds of adhesives. Being “glue”, they are sticky and stick to everything, including whatever you are trying to spread them with. Here’s the trick: use an ice cube to spread it around. The glue won’t stick to ice and the adhesive will flow where you want it. The temperature of the ice also helps set the adhesive a little.

More tips here from About.com.

Watch a video review from ExpoTv.com here.

photo courtesy of ktpupp via flickr

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