I needed my boots quickly!
- I drilled out the rivets and pulled them out of the boot from the outside. I didn't want a hole in the padding on the inside.
- Then I used my butane soldering iron to burn a circular hole behind the hole made by the rivets.
- I then shoved a small eye-bolt through the freshly burned hole and back out the rivet hole.
- The last step was to apply clear, quick setting epoxy to the base of the eye-bolt to keep it in place.
It's been two months of daily wear since then and the repair is holding up well!