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How to Resole Heels

Updated April 17, 2017

Instead of taking a pair of shoes with worn heels to the cobbler or throwing them away, you can resole the heels of the shoes yourself with a few household items and some shoe-repair contact cement. The heel of the shoe often is the part of the shoe that wears down the fastest, so the heel replacement process will come in handy often and help you save money. You might want to start by resoling the heels of old or discarded shoes because the process might take several attempts to perfect.

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  1. Clean the soles of the shoes you are planning to fix with baby wipes or water, and allow them to air dry.

  2. Pull out any nails or screws on the heel with a screwdriver, the claw end of a hammer or needle-nose pliers.

  3. Pry off the heels with your fingers.

  4. Remove glue residue from the bottoms of the shoes with a file.

  5. Dab some shoe-repair contact cement to the bottoms of the shoes where you want to place the new heels. Press the replacement heels firmly against the shoes, and allow the glue to dry.

  6. Fasten the heels to the shoes using nails or screws. If possible, recreate the hardware configuration that fastened the original heels to the shoes.

  7. Remove any rough spots or glue residue with a file.

  8. Tip

    When fastening the heels to the shoes with hardware, make sure you don't nail or screw the hardware too close to the edges of the heels, as this might weaken the heels or make them more prone to damage. If the shoes you are planning on fixing are valuable or extremely damaged, take them to a cobbler instead of trying to fix them yourself. Affordable new heels are available at many online shoe supply stores.

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Things You'll Need

  • Baby wipes
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • File
  • Shoe-repair contact cement
  • New heels
  • Nails or screws

About the Author

Woodrow Savage has been contributing to daily and weekly newspapers since 2008. He has served as a reporter, copy editor and photographer for publications such as the "Montana Kaimin." Savage is completing his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Montana.

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