After 4 years of tromping around the globe with my Teva Sandals, they have finally given in to wear and tear. BUT…I think I can save them. I didn’t get an art degree and learn all about working with a odd variety of materials for nothing.
In this video I share travel tips while trying to repair my trusty Tevas.
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These Tevas have been through jungle, ocean and desert and spent thousands of miles on my feet. I’ve got to do everything I can to save them.
Wish me luck.
- I am currently in Saint-Louis,
spelled Saint-Louis, for you Americans,
but it’s Saint-Louis, Senegal.
And my Tevas have finally given out.
Now let me say something about Tevas.
See this, this broke.
Let me say something about Tevas.
First of all, my very
first pair of Tevas I had
and it lasted like 10 years.
And this was when I
was just living in L.A.
They were awesome.
I didn’t wear them a
hundred percent of the time,
but 10 years was amazing.
These, I have gotten four years out of.
But this is four years of world travel.
This is Southeast Asia.
This is climbing temples.
This is going through the
Sahara Desert on a camel,
when we came back over to Africa.
And going on bridges,
Climbing in and out of tuk-tuks,
and everything else that we’ve been doing
on our four years of travel here.
So, this is not disparaging to Teva.
These sandals have been through heck,
and they just finally gave up.
And in fact,
I think Lac Rose was the
thing that finally did it.
‘Cause even though they got
rinsed off after Lac Rose
Lac Rose is super salty.
So I wouldn’t be surprised if
that had to do with the
quickened demise of these Tevas.
I’m gonna tell you what
I’m gonna try and do
and then I’m gonna show you
what you end up doing a lot as a traveler.
It’s gonna look like this crafty thing,
except I’m gonna give you
a whole lot of travel tips
as we go along doing this demo.
My theory, is that if I
fill this whole section
with a two-part epoxy
and then put this piece
back in where it belongs
and then let it dry for like two days.
My theory is that it will
work, that it may fix it.
If anything’s gonna fix
it, that’s gonna fix it.
It is starting to crack though,
so I’m a little concerned
that they may just be beyond repair.
That’s an entire possibility.
But, let me tell you a few things
about finding things.
As I say, love the Tevas.
Hey Teva, if you’re listening
if you want to send me
a new pair of Tevas ’cause
I don’t think I can get any
out here where I am right now.
Find me, contact me, and
I will get you an address.
We’ll find some way to get them to us
’cause I love your shoes,
I would love to get some
more as soon as I can.
But if you wanna send them to me, awesome.
So, a couple of things.
First of all, I got some two-party epoxy.
This alone was an adventure.
You go and you ask for glue
and everyone wants to give you Krazy Glue.
And then you have to sit there.
And this is a language barrier issue
’cause my French is not good enough.
It’s not their fault,
it’s my fault for my
French not being better.
But even when you start explaining it,
you have to explain you need a glue.
Then they think tape
’cause the word is similar or the same.
And then you get to glue
and they go Krazy Glue.
No, I need a thick glue.
And then I have to say the two-part,
’cause I’ve always found two-part epoxies.
If anything’s gonna fix it, it’s these.
And thick glues could be anything.
The other day I had three
people trying to help me
to decipher what I wanted.
I was just in this little local market,
this little strip that
runs behind this hotel.
And I had three people trying
to help me to figure it out,
and one guy took off and came back,
first came back with a Super Glue,
which was like Krazy Glue.
And it’s like, “No, no I can’t
use that. It’s too thin.”
And then he came back with this
and it cost me about a
little less than four bucks
and I am happy as can
be. Hopefully it’ll work.
So the thing is, with descriptions,
is you’ve gotta be really prepared
to describe it in stages sometimes
and also in different ways.
If one explanation doesn’t work,
you gotta come up with another one.
Another set of words,
another way to describe it.
And sometimes it can take a
while to get your point across.
And sometimes, sometimes
you give up and walk away
’cause it’s not that important,
but this was important.
So I’m gonna go ahead and
get started mixing this
’cause you mix this
and then it has a five minute open window.
I will tell you,
if you’ve seen my video
on my horrible haircut,
you might see I’m starting
to get some bangs back.
They’re still a little uck.
I just got it recut.
I just got my hair recut and
it’s a little short still.
But, he has cut it in
a shape that is clean,
it’s good, it’s even, it’s
gonna grow out nicely.
So I wanted to let you know
if you’ve been following my hair saga
which I’m not usually really big on,
that is underway of repair.
So let me show you,
The glue came with a little
stick, so I got a mixing stick.
This is a bag from a bakery.
And I’m using it to work on so
I don’t mess up their table.
I’ve got a cardboard, which is
from a tube of toilet paper.
Just in case I need
somewhere else to work.
Also, the container that the glue came in
makes actually a little good mixing bowl.
Both of those, the cardboard or the thing.
And then of course, forever the best wipe.
The best thing, tissue wipe, napkin,
everything you ever need tissue
for, just get toilet paper.
It’s the easiest thing in the world.
This is the travelers craft kit.
And I’m gonna try mixing
it in the little tray.
And I have pre-opened it.
They have the things
where you poke through.
If you haven’t done crafts
before and you don’t know this,
the little point in there
pokes through the little foil
that’s closed up when you get into it.
So, oh gosh, I hope this is not futile.
Okay, there we go.
It’s liquid. We’re good.
I’m putting out a fair amount.
More than I normally
would when using epoxy,
because I have to fill that entire area.
And I’m gonna put that one there
and hope that one comes out okay. Okay.
And you mix about two equal parts.
Either one by themselves is not sticky.
It is not until you mix them together,
that they become active.
If you know your arts and
crafts, you know this.
And if you don’t,
I will tell you epoxies are about the best
hardcore repair for anything.
I’ve done ceramics.
I’ve done all sorts of
things over the years,
I was an art major.
I’ve had lots of causes
to discover these things.
So, let’s see what I can do here.
It’s actually in really good shape.
It’s not too thick. It’s not old.
One of the things I
would be concerned about
in Africa, honestly, is you
can buy something and it’s old.
It’s been sitting there a while.
This happens a lot.
Like if you go to buy some
chips or something else,
and it’s just been
sitting there a long time.
And that could have been
the case with the glue.
Okay. It looks like we’re
pretty well-filled there.
And this is part one.
There will be a part two,
when we’re going to see if it worked.
So keep an eye out for part two.
Part two will be a short little video
when we just basically…
It probably only needs
an hour or 24 hours.
I might give it 48 before I test it.
Because once this is so-called repaired,
it is going to take a lot of abuse.
And I like these shoes especially,
because they have this really thick sole
and they’re really good for walking.
And I walk around cities.
I walk around everywhere.
I mean, these are the shoes
I wear 70% of the time
when I’m traveling now.
This is why these are so important.
70% of my time
with my time walking, is in these shoes.
I love my other shoes,
but the sandals are nice
’cause they’re cooler.
Simple as that, they’re cooler.
I don’t have to wear socks.
I can pop them on and go out.
Like every morning here I have
to go out and get breakfast
and you don’t know how annoying it is
to actually have to put on shoes and socks
to go out and get breakfast.
Just to walk across the street
and buy some coconut donuts
or some Touba coffee.
And I have to actually put
on real shoes to do that.
I’m mixing a little more,
’cause I’m realizing
there’s a little space here.
So we’re gonna see if I
can get a little more.
Now I’ve got some on my fingers.
I’ll get that wiped off safely.
We’re just gonna pile a little more in.
Isn’t this exciting?
This is what you end up
doing when you travel.
When you’re traveling full-time
and you gotta fix things on the fly,
you do what you can with what you got.
Everything’s still moving.
This is supposed to be a five minute set.
So I’ve got another minute or two
before it starts to dry up.
And also with it be being
so thick and so solid,
they say five minute set,
but they’re talking about
putting a thin coat on each side
and holding something together.
This is an absolute pool of it.
That’s another reason
why I’m gonna let it sit
for more like 48 hours.
And it’s not really designed
to be used this way but,
this is one of those,
“Hey, we’re gonna try it
and see what happens.”
Make sure that’s all in there.
They do sell some nice sandals here.
Might as well talk to you a little bit.
They do sell some nice sandals here.
They have nice leather.
They actually have some real leather work.
We’re in Senegal, which is
two countries below Morocco.
Morocco’s known for its leather work.
And it seems that some of that
has transported down here.
The thing is, is the
soles are fairly thin.
And I do a lot of walking in these
and a lot of heavy walking.
And I’m a little concerned
about the soles being
too thin on those.
They’re not crazy thin,
but they’re thin enough
that I’m concerned about
whether they’ll be comfortable.
And hey, I’m not a lightweight person.
So a thicker sole really serves me well.
So that’s why I’m trying to save these
before I go off and buy
a new pair of sandals.
I’m not sure what I’m gonna
buy if this doesn’t work.
I have not decided if I’m
just gonna go with flip flops.
I like something attached to my foot.
If I’m gonna go modern,
and rubber and nylon
and that kind of thing,
or if I’m gonna try the leather ones.
So that’s undecided at this point.
I’m holding this down a little bit.
Just hoping that we get to a set point.
this is my Teva.
I’m using a mix of
tripod and handheld here.
So those are some travel lessons.
I’ve always told you
that I’m gonna tell you
the truth about travel
and show you the good and the bad.
Bad that it broke,
but we’re gonna do this
experiment and see if it works.
And I’m gonna show you
all aspects of travel.
I have another thing
to show you real soon.
I might even do this other
live as soon as I finish this.
There’s that shirt I bought in Dakar.
I had it made.
I said I bought it.
I had some fabric and I had it made,
and I have not tried it on yet.
For various reasons, I
have not tried it on yet.
And I am going to maybe shoot that video,
if not today, tomorrow.
And we’re gonna be back
in Dakar in a few days.
On Monday we’re heading out.
And so if it doesn’t fit well,
I could probably go back
to the tailor and say,
“Hey, can you adjust this?
Can you adjust that?”
And then we’re gonna be off to The Gambia.
So I still have a bunch of
videos to edit and all that
but we’re very much on the move.
And so that’s why I do these lives,
so you can keep up with things.
And yesterday we went to
the Djoudj Bird Sanctuary.
That live will be republished
within the next week or two.
But always keep an eye out for the lives
because you never know
when they’re gonna happen.
And I know for U.S. people,
it’s probably happening
in the middle of the night
because it’s flat out daytime for us here.
But keep an eye out for our lives.
As I say, we were at the bird sanctuary,
and there were pelicans and cormorants
and all sorts of birds everywhere.
Great white herons, oh, we saw
a lot of great white herons.
And so, I’m always gonna publish
the lives a little bit later, again.
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