As you can see from these next pics the shoes look quite fine and there was only a tiny rip to the edge on one of them. No where near enough damage to throw them out!!
DUCT TAPE IS THE SOLUTION!
I began by reenforcing the edges, especially since that is were the tear first happened.
After a lot of sticking (and cleaning of the scissors so they would still cut) my shoes have been revamped and looking rather spiffy if you ask me. ;)
Since I was sent two types of tape from my awesome pal I was able to dig up another pair of old shoes and give them some new life.
Me thinks now that I need to get a few other patterns of tape...This could be dangerous...