How to repair shoe soles

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How to repair shoe soles
The sole of shoes can tear or detach, but can be repaired. (Janie Airey/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The soles of shoes often wear out long before a shoe is truly worn out. Because soles hit the ground so often they can rip, tear and detach. The most common problem for shoe soles is detachment from the shoe itself. This, however, does not mean the shoe is no longer good. Shoe soles can be fixed cheaply and quickly at home with a few simple steps.

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Things you need

  • Adhesive
  • Plastic knife
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean cloths
  • Nail scissors
  • Sand paper
  • C-clip

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  1. 1

    Snip away any frayed stitching around the base of the shoe with a small nail scissor.

  2. 2

    Peel back the sole as far is it will go without resistance.

  3. 3

    Sand the inside of the sole and top of the shoe insole to remove any glue residue.

  4. 4

    Rub the surface with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth to clean away any dust, dirt or debris.

  5. 5

    Allow the shoes to sit for 10 minutes for all alcohol to evaporate.

  6. 6

    Spread glue on the sole as per instructions on the bottle. Spread the glue around in a thin even pattern along the surface using a plastic knife.

  7. 7

    Push the sole back onto the shoe. Apply pressure from back to front to remove any air bubbles or pockets of glue.

  8. 8

    Place a C-clamp on the shoe and allow it to dry for 24 hours.

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