How to fix a shoe with an unglued sole

If the sole of your shoe becomes detached from the upper, you may be tempted to throw it in the bin. A shoe repair shop will be able to fix this for you or supply you with specialist glue to do the job at home. If you choose to do the repair yourself, there are a few tips you need to deploy to ensure it does not come unstuck again.


Spread out newspaper to provide a protective work surface.

Remove any dirt or dust from the sole of the shoe using a cloth and some soapy water. This will help ensure the glue adheres to the sole effectively. Allow to dry.

Using a thin layer of glue specially formulated for shoes such as Shoe Goo or Freesole, cover the sole area and the upper part of the shoe which will attach to it. You may find this easier if you apply the glue using a cotton bud.

Warm the glue with a hairdryer so that it spreads out smoothly. This will prevent uneven bumps, which may irritate you while walking.

Press the sole and upper firmly together and hold for two minutes.

Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before wearing the shoes.


Always read the glue manufacturer's instructions so you know how much to apply.


Avoid getting any glue on your fingers or clothing. Always apply glue in a well ventilated area.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Cloth
  • Soapy water
  • Shoe repair glue
  • Cotton bud
  • Hairdryer
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