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Air Jordan 4 Midsole Swap Project

How to Remove Stitching on the Toe Cap: AJ4 Midsole Swap Project

posted May 28, 2011, 10:40 PM by The Camera Guy   [ updated Jun 12, 2011, 11:22 AM ]

Before removing the midsole & sole, you will need to remove the stitching on the toe cap. Now, as difficult as this might sound, removing the stitching is actually quite simple. All you need to do is have a small flat head screwdriver to do the trick. What you will do first is remove the insole to locate the loose strand of rope. Afterwards, you will pry the stitching on the toe cap. Pull the loose end all the way and then pull the string inside the shoe. For more info, watch the video.

Air Jordan 4 Midsole Swap Overview

posted May 28, 2011, 10:40 PM by The Camera Guy   [ updated Jun 12, 2011, 11:19 AM ]

We decided to do a quick overview video of the AJ4 Midsole Swap Project to prevent any confusion from our viewers. Apparently some of them were shocked from our midsole removal video on the Black Cement 4s. Don't worry, we're trying to bring life back into these sneakers.

4/23/11 Sample footage

posted Apr 23, 2011, 11:19 AM by The Camera Guy   [ updated Apr 23, 2011, 11:25 AM ]

YouTube Video

I decided to upload a sample video of the restoration project. Note, that this is just sample material. We like to film test trials of our projects and work on a better quality version. However, if you want to stay involved and see the progress of this project. Make sure to check our website every few days to see what has changed. You can also follow us on twitter at : restoresneakers.

4/22/11 Sneak peek behind the midsole swap project

posted Apr 23, 2011, 10:19 AM by The Camera Guy   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 9:30 AM ]

We have already made major progress in the midsole swap project. What we believed would have been a difficult aspect of the project, was actually quite simple; removing the stitching on the toe cap required a little bit of ingenuity and finesse, but we were able to remove it without damaging it. 

What you might not know, is that we actually tried this on a test shoe. Go figure. The equipment you see in the picture is a heat gun. We will provide details on it later. In the meantime, you can enjoy the pictures.

Picture of heat gun warming up the glued regions on the Military 4's.

Another image of the heat gun applied to the Military 4's. Notice that the toe box has been cleanly pulled from the midsole.

This is a picture of the upper almost removed from the midsole.

This is a picture of the removal used on the stitching on the Air Jordan 4 Black Cements (1999). We will explain this method later.

This is a picture of us using the heat gun to remove the soles off the midsoles. Since the midsoles were already damaged, we had no plan on keeping it intact.

This is a picture of the removed soles. It still requires cleaning.

4/21/11 Introduce Air Jordan IV Midsole Swap Project

posted Apr 23, 2011, 10:12 AM by The Camera Guy   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 9:29 AM ]

Before we get started on our project, we decided to do a comparison between the 1999 & 2006 Air Jordan 4 Retro (Military Blue vs White Cement). Some of you might think we've actually done every type of restoration out there, but we have actually yet to do a midsole swap. Our biggest concern is seeing whether or not the donor's midsole will fit on the recipient. Yeah, I know; it sounds funny.

In the picture shown, you can see how bad the Black Cements are doing. In case we get any questions, we will be painting the midsoles of the Military Blue's to match the color of the recipient.

Link to Video: Air Jordan IV Comparison 

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