How to Fix Black Suede Jordans

by John Jackman

Michael Jordan might have retired from the NBA a long time back, but his legacy lives on through Nike Air Jordan tennis shoes. Due to the stop-start nature of movement in basketball games, the sole of Air Jordans, like other brands, will eventually become worn and can even start to come free of the shoe's body. Such problems are easily fixed with industrial strength rubber cement.

Items you will need

  • Industrial strength rubber cement
  • Vise
  • Sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Vinegar
Step 1

Apply rubber cement to the top of the sole, where it is coming away from your Air Jordan. Wedge the shoe into a vise after application so the sole is held flush against the body of the shoe.

Step 2

Let your Air Jordan dry overnight, or at least for eight hours. Use sandpaper to file away any excess rubber cement that has dried around the crack.

Step 3

Apply a small amount of vinegar to a damp cloth and rub the shoe in a circular motion, to clean the black suede of your Air Jordans.

Tips

  • Test out your fixed Air Jordan in a practice session. Do not immediately play a game in case the rubber cement has not set properly; this could lead to a twisted ankle.

Warnings

  • Rubber cement has a propensity to melt in hot conditions. Be aware of this if you are playing basketball outdoors in high temperatures. The smell of vinegar will fade from the suede after a week or so.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

John Jackman has been freelance writing since 2009. His work has been published in the globally distributed magazine "Media & Marketing" and on several industry-leading websites, including Cream, Brand-E and EMMA. Jackman studied English literature and drama at Brunel University in London.