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.