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    Removing fabric crease from heel cup?

    The upper part of the heel cup on one of my specialized pro shoes has developed a crease that causes the fabric of my socks to rub against my achilles tendon. it really hurts after about a hour of this. Ive thought about temporarily using tape and folding it over but i really need a permanent fix and dont want to pitch the shoes. Heres a pic...Thanks
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    That shoe looks fairly new. If it is, I would expect the Big S to warranty that defect. They don't like bad publicity, especially on forums like this.

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    I can't tell you how to fix it but I think you have the right tools, magnifying glass, feather duster and a water bottle rack
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    I wore a hole in the inner fabric of my shoe with a similar problem. I got a set of those stick-on pads from CVS. They're meant to go inside the heal cup. The work great. They should cover up your wrinkle too.

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    You could try heating it with a hair dryer to soften the material and work the crease out. Are they leather? If the hair dryer doesn't work you could try a cobbler or upholstery shop to see if you (or they) could try steam on them. Steam shrinks leather though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    You could try heating it with a hair dryer to soften the material and work the crease out. Are they leather? If the hair dryer doesn't work you could try a cobbler or upholstery shop to see if you (or they) could try steam on them. Steam shrinks leather though...
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    Instead of going through the trouble of fixing it yourself and then possibly finding out that you cannot return it since you've modified it. I would just return it as a defective shoe and get a new pair.

    Best case: you get a new pair
    Worst case: You fail to repair it and you can't return them, because you did something with a hair dryer.

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    Return them. If that doesn't work then finding someone to rework the fabric is the next task. Few repair folk want this sort of work as it is not straightforward; it would be hand work.

    The original fabric was sewn a teensy bit torqued and this has shown as the interior pad has compressed with age and use. Simple smoothing won't take care of it.

    This is how would do it. I would cut the fabric at the outside seam where it meets the top of the exterior of the heel. It would be about a 1-1.5 inch horizontal cut. Pull the fabric snug and smooth. Then I would stitch it back together with strong thread, stitches about 1/16 apart and 1/16 inch into the softer fabric and the same onto the exterior fabric. I would then follow it with a larger stitch covering the first pass.
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    Once again, from the pic, those shoes look fairly new, ( unless you are unusually fastidious in the maintenance of your gear.....NTTAWWT) and being Spec Eds, they had to cost you. So, just like Berkeley Mike suggests, and I did too at the beginning of this thread, return them. the LAST thing a manufacturer of high-end mtb shoes would want are the explicit details of a defective product on a major mtb forum.

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