I emailed Boulder Running Company, from where I purchased the shoes, and they were very quick to offer a free repair. The only catch--shipping the shoes back and forth. It would be paid for, but still would consume at least a week or two of time without the shoes. I have truly fallen for my Hokas and couldn't imagine two weeks of training without them! What to do?
I've repaired shoes locally before with mixed results, so I went where I knew to be the best: Mountain Soles here in Portland. They specialize in resoleing and repairing outdoor footwear. Because the tear in my shoe was right at the junction of the midsole, a sewn patch wouldn't be feasible. They pointed me in the direction of a product called Seam Grip, a product used to weatherproof seams in tents and such, or patch holes in fabric tears. Bingo. $8 for a tube of this stuff if I did it myself, or $12 for them to do it. Given that it would only take a little bit of this stuff to do the job, I opted to buy the tube for myself and give it a shot.
A little cleaning, two coats of this stuff, and the shoes seemed good to go.
|A closer look|
Well, over forty miles/+6000 ft in (mud, rain, sun, road, and trail) and the fix seems to be holding up.
I may never buy another pair of shoes again!