How to Repair Shoes with Glue

Investing in a new pair of shoes every time an old pair wears out is very tempting.

But is it really necessary or even affordable?

Most times, you’ll find out that it isn’t, leaving you with the option of repairing them by yourself.

Wondering how to do so?

Read on to learn about using the simplest ingredient; glue, to fix all the problems you are facing with your shoes.

How to Reattach A Lose Sole

Here I will provide you with a step-by-step guide for reattaching a lose sole.

Step 1: Clean the Shoe and Sole

To clean the sole, pour some water and isopropyl alcohol on a rag or an old piece of cloth. Rub the rag on the whole shoe and the sole. If it is possible, clean the inner part of the sole as well, but make sure it doesn’t become more loose.

Step 2: Apply Shoe Sole Adhesive

Using a toothpick or a cotton swab, apply a single layer of adhesive between the shoe and the unattached sole. Apply several more layers, so that there’s no risk of the sole coming apart.

Step 3: Press the Sole

Check the packet for instructions to see how much time you should wait after applying the glue. After waiting for the required amount of time, press the sole to the shoe as firmly as possible. If any glue spills out, you can clean it off with a piece of cloth.

Step 4: Attach the Sole in Place

Attach the sole to the shoe tightly by using duct tapes or rubber bands. Make sure that the sole and shoe are completely joined together the entire time while the glue is drying.

Step 5: Let the Shoe Dry

Let the shoe sit in a cool, dry place. Wait for at least 24 hours before using it again.

Step 6: Sand Off Any Extra Glue

Using sandpaper, scrape off any extra glue that might have spilled while pressing the sole.

How to Replace A Worn Out Sole

Here I will provide you with a step-by-step guide for replacing a worn out sole.

Step 1: Pull Off the Old Sole

Use pliers to get the sole completely off the shoe. If it doesn’t come off easily, try using a paint scraper or a butter knife between the shoe and the sole while pulling on it with pliers.

Step 2: Clean Any Old Glue

Clean off the remnants of any old glue underneath the shoe by using acetone or nail polish remover on a rag. This will help clean off any dirt and grime as well.

Step 3: Roughen Up the Surfaces

Rub some sandpaper underneath the shoe and on the sole as rough surfaces will help hold the glue much better.

Step 4: Apply Adhesive to The Sole

Apply some adhesive on the sole using a paintbrush. Follow the instructions on the packet to make sure to keep the glue on for the required time.

Step 5: Secure the Sole to The Shoe

Press the sole to the shoe firmly. Secure them together using rubber bands or duct tapes and let it sit.

Step 6: Wait For 24 Hours

Wait for a whole day before using the shoes again.

How to Fill in Holes

Here I will provide you with a step-by-step guide for filling the shoe holes.

Step 1: Clean Around the Hole

Using an old cloth, rub some water isopropyl alcohol around the area of the hole to clean it up.

Step 2: Roughen Up the Edges

Use 120-grit sandpaper to roughen up the edges of the sole. This will help the glue stick.

Step 3: Put Duct Tape Over the Hole

Put duct tape between the inside of the shoe and the hole. This will prevent the glue from going inside the shoe.

Step 4: Put Some Shoe Glue in The Hole

Squeeze some shoe glue into the hole. Be careful to not touch it with bare hands.

Step 5: Smoothen the surface

Once the glue has been applied, use an ice cube over the hole to smooth out any rough surfaces.

Step 6: Let the Glue Dry

Leave the shoe in a cool, dry place with the hole facing the sky. Let it sit for at least 24 hours.

Step 7: Scrape Off Excess Glue

Use sandpaper to scrape off any extra glue.


By following these steps, you can fix any problem in your shoe using only glue and equipment that you can find in your home.

So, save yourself some money, and get going with your good as new shoes!

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