How to repair holes in skate shoes

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How to repair holes in skate shoes
Fix the holes in your skate shoes. (Getty Creative)

Over time your skate shoes can become damaged from doing tricks like ollying, kick-flips or any other trick that requires you to kick your feet. Gradual wear and tear can make holes in your shoes and cause your feet to get dirty or wet. It also makes the grip on your shoes suffer and the makes your shoes appear tacky. You can repair your shoes at home using shoe-repair products and patch up the holes in your skate shoes.

Things you need

  • Shoe-repairing product
  • Acetone (if needed)
  • Rubbing alcohol (if needed)
  • Paint thinner (if needed)
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Cotton
  • Scissors
  • Spatula

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    Using Shoe Goo

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    Skate in your shoes a few times or use a piece of medium-grit sandpaper to roughen the shoes where you would like to apply the Shoe Goo to help it stick better. The ideal temperature for the Shoe Goo to be applied is 22 and 30 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Use the pointed end of the cap to puncture the Shoe Goo tube. Puncture the tube by inverting the cap and pressing it onto the metal foil covering on the Shoe Goo tube to break the protective seal.

  3. 3

    Test a small area on your shoes with the Shoe Goo before you apply it. Test on a hidden area on the shoe. The Shoe Goo will lose its adhesive stick when exposed to warm water for long periods of time, especially chemicals in hot tubs and pools and certain plastic materials can wear the Shoe Goo down.

  4. 4

    Affix the Shoe Goo to directly on the area of the shoe that needs to be repaired. Let the Shoe Goo firm up slightly before pressing the pieces of the shoe to glue together. Let the Shoe Goo dry while pressing it for 2 to 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Let the Shoe Goo dry for 24 hours before using your skate shoes again. Depending on the temperature and the material of the skate shoes being glued together, full set may not be for 72 hours.

  6. 6

    Wipe any excess Shoe Goo off of your shoes or the cap of the Shoe Goo tube by using a little bit of acetone and paint thinner dabbed on a rag. Wipe the rag on the spot with the excess Shoe Goo and the Shoe Goo will ball up and roll off.

    Using a Skate Aid sticker

  1. 1

    Peel the backing off of a Skate Aid sticker. You can also apply glue to the backing of the Skate Aid sticker and apply to the shoe.

  2. 2

    Apply the Skate Aid sticker to the hole on the shoe and press firmly to apply the sticker to your shoe.

  3. 3

    Allow the Skate Aid sticker to stick to the shoe and dry completely before using the shoes.

    Using a No Heat leather repair kit

  1. 1

    Use a cloth to clean the damaged spot on the shoe. You may use a little rubbing alcohol on the cloth to help loosen dirt on the shoe.

  2. 2

    Fill in dips in the shoe with cotton by placing the cotton in the hole of the shoe to fill it in. The hole should be level after inserting cotton to make it flush.

  3. 3

    Cut a slightly larger area of the fabric and tuck it into the shoe. This helps support the hole in the shoe.

  4. 4

    Use a colour compound or a grain effect that allows you to add your own design and colour.

  5. 5

    Mix the colour compound according to the product directions. Apply the product with a spatula and allow it to dry for an hour before wearing. Apply the grain effect by applying compound to the shoe and then applying the grain-effect paper. Press the grain-effect paper to your shoe to press the design you want into the shoe. Remove the paper after the compound has dried.

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