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My father – many years ago – used to soak leather soles overnight in a bucket of something called ‘mulling liquid’ before attaching. I’ve no idea what it was, but it seemed to make the soles more flexible. He used a row of tingles to fasten the waist of the sole, and a single tingle to keep the toe end in place. The sole was then stitched round, and the toe-end tingle removed.


The channel was glued (with latex) and tapped down, completely covering the stitches. I guess there are not many repairers who take so much trouble today (or am I wrong?)!

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