How to Add Soles to Mukluks

Written by melissa j. bell | 13/05/2017
How to Add Soles to Mukluks
Although mukluks are usually soft soled, many modern snow boots are also called mukluks. (child's boots on the snow image by Daria Miroshnikova from

The mukluk, a soft boot designed for cold weather conditions, was originally worn by people from the Arctic region before its adoption into commercial fashion. Today, mukluks are popular among many people during the winter season, and the term may be applied to other types of soft winter boots. Often, mukluks come completely without hard soles, or with only thin soles, particularly if the boots are cheaply made. You can add sturdier soles to any pair of existing mukluks to suit your winter weather needs.

Remove the existing shoe soles, if unsuitable soles are already attached to the mukluks. Cut any stitching attaching the soles to the boots with a utility knife, then peel the soles back as much as you can.

Cut the rest of the soles away from the boots with the utility knife, starting at the heel. Peel away any remaining pieces.

Run a large file over the bottoms of the mukluks to create a rougher surface. If you are working with soft-soled mukluks, instead use a piece of medium-grit sandpaper. Make sure that you do not file holes in the mukluks.

Spread a generous amount of shoe repair cement onto the insoles of your new shoe soles with a palette knife. Press the soles onto the bottoms of the mukluks.

Put your feet into the mukluks, and walk for several minutes. This will help set the adhesive.

Remove the mukluks, and cut away any excess sole pieces with the utility knife. Make sure that the soles are shaped to suit the shape of the mukluks.

Let the adhesive dry for at least two days.

Things you need

  • Utility knife
  • Large file
  • Shoe soles
  • Palette knife
  • Shoe repair cement

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