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My son LOVES his rubber boots. We searched high and lo for a natural option for rubber boots, and found

His boots are made of natural rubber outside, with a cotton interior, and the sole is really flexible. I like minimulist shoes that mimic barefoot walking. These only cost $14.99 and the sole is really bendy and not too think, so hopefully my son's feet are allowed to feel the ground and are strengthed as he walks.

Anyway, he's had these boots for just under 6 months, and each boot has developed a crack in the rubber, which of course lets in water. The cotton lining is thankfully still intact.

Any ideas on how best to fix these boots so he can get back to merrily splashing in puddles?
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Crack on the outer side of the boot
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Crack in the "ankle" area
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He does everything in these boots: climbing, splashing, playing in the snow. He refuses to wear any other shoes!
 
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I have seen folks using a magnifying glass and the heat of the sun to melt the rubber to sceal holes not sure if it would work on these cracks though .
 
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I am nearing the same issue with our two year old son. He hasn't raged any shoes enough yet to wear them out but I suspect this will be the year. I wonder about some kind of caulk maybe? I am really not sure but its been on my mind and that is the furthest I've gotten. I'd love to hear others thoughts/ your solution.
 
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I have found that E-6000, an industrial strength rubber cement that can be found in craft stores, works well for this. I have extended the life of shoes and boots by a year or two each time. It will not last forever, but can be reapplied. The areas where you would be using it are the highest stress points anyway, so nothing is going to last forever.
 
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Your best bet would be a old fashion bicycle tire patch.  It should be super cheap and effective.  I have used bike tire patches on my waders for years.
 
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Duct tape fixes everything...almost

Actually the bicycle tire repair kits sounds like your best option.

 
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