How to Glue Golf Shoes

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How to Glue Golf Shoes
Good golf shoes are important equipment for your game. (golf legs image by Vanessa van Rensburg from

Just when you finally have your best golf shoes broken-in, you notice that they are beginning to look a little shabby. Knowing how your equipment affects your handicap, you try to squeeze just a few more miles out of your golf shoes before starting over with a new pair. Inspect your golf shoes to determine if they can be repaired by mortal means. If the shoes are worn out to the point that they no longer provide support and comfort, their retirement is imminent. If, on the other hand, the shoes have a portion of the sole that has separated from the shoe, a toe cap with a torn seam, or a foot bed liner that won't stay in place, you can probably do the repairs yourself. With the right glue and some simple tools, you can revive your old golf shoes to last at least another season.

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Things you need

  • Cleaning solution with ammonia
  • Rag
  • Scissors
  • Small cleaning brush, like an old toothbrush
  • Small wire brush
  • Multipurpose flexible adhesive
  • Masking tape

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  1. 1

    Clean the areas in need of repair. With a small brush, remove any sand or loose debris. Use scissors to clip fraying threads. Wipe the areas that will be glued with cleaning solution, then rinse to remove residue. Dry thoroughly.

    How to Glue Golf Shoes
    Use a brush to remove sand in tight crevasses. (cleaning materials image by timur1970 from
  2. 2

    Rough up, with a wire brush, any particularly smooth or slick areas to which glue will be applied. This is an important step, as it will increase surface area and enhance the adhesive ability of the glue.

    How to Glue Golf Shoes
    Improve adhesion by roughing up the surface with a wire brush. (drahtbürste image by Frank-Peter Funke from
  3. 3

    Read the manufacturer's instructions for using the glue. Apply glue to both surfaces to be bonded. Typically, flexible glue is allowed to dry for a few moments before bringing the shoe parts together for bonding.

    How to Glue Golf Shoes
    Flexible glue usually has to "set" for a few minutes prior to bonding. (wind up timer at 0 minutes image by Andrew Brown from
  4. 4

    Bring the glued surfaces together quickly and accurately. Manipulate the outer surface with your fingers to remove any glue bubbles and to adjust the position of the quickly bonding shoe parts. Some very strong glues do not permit repositioning. Clean residual glue from the shoe immediately.

  5. 5

    Secure the bonding parts of the shoe in place by applying masking tape. This step may be unnecessary if you are using fast-acting glue. Allow the glue to dry, then remove the tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Read all directions and cautions before using flexible bonding compounds. Many are poisonous and flammable. Keep away from children.

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