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How to repair shoe soles

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Things You'll Need

  • Adhesive
  • Plastic knife
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean cloths
  • Nail scissors
  • Sand paper
  • C-clip
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Andie Francese has been working as a freelance blogger and content creator since 2006. She has created content for Moviefone, Blogging Stocks and several other high traffic online entities, focusing on entertainment and technology. Francese graduated from Mercy College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and journalism.