Decide whether the chew marks constitute cosmetic damage or structural damage to the shoes. For cosmetic damage, use a leather repair kit -- or similar kit for non-leather shoes. For structural damage, heel replacement -- rather than repair -- is a safer and more aesthetically pleasing option.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Leather repair kit
- Heel repair kit
- Pin hammer
- Shoe repair anvil
Use a leather repair kit to mend slightly chewed heels. This consists of a pot of “liquid leather,” a spreader and a grain texture release paper, according to Lollipuff.
Dip the spreader into the pot. Lift out enough “liquid leather” to fill and cover the chew marks. Apply it to the heel, smoothing it with the spreader.
Wrap the grain texture release paper around the heel. Lollipuff suggests taping the paper in place. Leave it to set for twenty-four hours. Remove the tape and paper.
Remove the old heel, where the dog has done irreparable damage. You may have to pull out the nails. Grip the heads in the jaws of the pincers and extract them with a pivoting motion.
Scrape away any old dried glue with the tip of a screwdriver. Take care not to slip and scratch the shoe upper. According to The OddShoeFinder.com, you should scuff the heel bed with the sandpaper -- or other scuffing tool -- supplied with the kit. This will provide a key for the glue and create a firmer adhesive bond.
Squeeze out a blob of the contact adhesive supplied with the kit onto the heel bed. Spread it out with the spreader. Allow it to set slightly, according to directions in the kit. A wait of one to two minutes is typical.
Place the new heel onto the heel bed. Press it firmly. Wipe off any excess adhesive with a rag. Optionally cut pieces of tape to hold the heel in place. Leave it to set for twenty-four hours.
Hammer small nails called pins into the top of the heel to fix it more robustly to the sole. The pins are usually supplied with the kit. Three or four pins are usually adequate.
Tips and warnings
- Use a shoe repair anvil to support the sole while you hammer the heel pins into place. Though not easy to locate, they make shoe repairs much easier.
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