How to repair a rubber heel shoe

Written by steve smith
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How to repair a rubber heel shoe
Rubber-heeled shoes often need repair. (shoes image by April K from

Rubber wears down after constant use, and you probably use your rubber-soled shoes quite often. If your rubber soles have worn down, consider repairing them before buying a new pair. The fix is a simple one and only takes a few hours of your time. Most of that time involves allowing the shoes to dry. A special adhesive material makes any rubber-heeled shoe like new again. As long as you know how to paste and glue, this project will be a snap.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Rubber sole repair adhesive
  • Ice pop stick (or similar spreading tool)

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  1. 1

    Examine the heel of the rubber-soled shoe, and determine the area where the damage is greatest.

  2. 2

    Spread newspaper onto a flat surface like a table or bench, and set the shoe on top of the newspaper with the sole facing up.

  3. 3

    Squeeze a generous amount of the rubber adhesive material onto the surface of the sole right in the spot where the damage is the greatest.

  4. 4

    Spread the adhesive material out from the centre in a circular motion using an ice pop stick or similar spreading device. Cover the entire damaged area with the adhesive material.

  5. 5

    Slide the spreader over the adhesive carefully in one pass to make a flat, consistent surface. Do this quickly before the adhesive material has time to set up and cure (usually within 10 minutes).

  6. 6

    Allow the material to dry and cure for 12 hours (or as specified on the label).

Tips and warnings

  • The adhesive will settle as it dries. Flattening out the adhesive before it dries will give the repair a more consistent surface.

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