How to Resole Heels

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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.

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

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

Pry off the heels with your fingers.

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

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.

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

Remove any rough spots or glue residue with a file.

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