I have a pair of Birkenstock Milano that I purchased several years ago. The leather is separating on the side from the cork. They are not worn out at all. Is there any glue I can get to repair this area. Has anyone used any glue on the cork and leather area? I feel this may be a one time glue opportunity and want something that I know will work. Any suggestions?
There is a product called Kelly's Cork Renew. My DH got some for his Birkenstocks from a local shoe store.
I do have the cork renew from birkenstock but didn't think that is what holds the leather to the cork. I never used it and still have it. Do you think the birkenstock cork renew is the same as what your husband got?
Not sure if it's same as the product you are using. It sounds like yours is a Birkenstock product, and my husband might be using a generic one.
I put some of the birkenstock cork renew between the cork and leather and hope it holds. Will wait until tomorrow to see if it dries and holds. I thought maybe I would need a really strong glue to hold it. My grandfather use to make shoes and repaired shoes and I remember seeing him use glue and it had a really bad smell. I imagine something like that would work. Just don't know what it was. Hopefully what I have will work.
Birkenstock makes a glue sealant in addition to the Cork Renew. I got it but for sealing, the Renew is more pleasant. The glue would be better for you, and shoemakers and probably even Walmart sell a version. However, most of my sandals have separated at the side to some extent, and believe it or not, it doesn't affect a thing. They don't fall aprt, it doesn't change the feel, so if you want to ignore it, it's probably fine.
I have an old old old old pair of Birkenstock clogs with a faux leather upper, and crazy as it sounds, my experience has been the same as Desi. For a while I was afraid to wear them, but one day I put them on just to wear around the house and found that they were separating just to a certain point and no farther. Whether faux or not, they're very well made shoes.
I used the birkenstock cork renew on my sandals and it seems to hold. Don't know if it will last.