You can save your money and a trip to the shoe store by repairing your old shoes instead of buying new shoes. With the right tools and guideline, you can repair loose shoe soles, holes in your shoes, and unsightly scuffs and stains of shoes. By putting in your a little time and effort, you can hold onto your favorite shoes for years to come! Now, we will discuss three methods for you to know how to repair shoes. So guys, without wasting any time let’s begin.
Method no. 1: how to repair shoes at home by Reattaching a Loose Sole
Wipe down the bottom of your shoes and the loose sole with a wet rag: Clear away any dust or dirt that has gotten lodged in between the sole and the bottom of your shoes. After cleaning your shoes, let them dry completely. If there is old glue from the sole stuck to the bottom of your shoes, dip the rag in acetone nail polish remover and scrub at the glue until it comes off from the soles.
Scratch the loose soles and the bottom of your shoes with sandpaper: Use coarse sandpaper that is between 40-60 grit. The scratches will give the shoes repair glue something to stick to.
Apply shoes repair glue to the loose soles and the exposed bottom of your shoes: Apply the glue with a 1 cm round paint brush. Paint the glue on with the brush so there has an even layer over the whole top surface of the loose sole and the exposed bottom of your shoes.
Press the soles into the bottom of your shoes and hammer it into place: Turn your shoes upside down and hit the hammer down onto the area of the soles you are attaching. Hit the bottom of the soles for several times with the hammer, moving the hammer slightly each time so you get the entire section of the sole you are reattaching.
Use a clamp to hold the soles in place for 24 hours: Use more than 1 clamp if you are reattaching a large section of the soles. Attach the clamp to your shoes so one end is pressing down on the top of your shoes and the other end is pressing up on the bottom of the soles. Check to see if the soles are completely glued to the bottom of your shoes by gently pulling at the edges of the soles with your fingers. If the soles do not budge, your shoes are fixed and ready to wear.
Method no. 2: How to Repair Shoes by Patching Holes with Shoes Goo
Clean the area around the holes in your shoes with a wet rag: Wipe off any dirt and grime near the holes. Once the areas around the holes are clean, dry the areas with a dry rag or paper towel. Shoes Goo works best for holes in the soles of shoes.
Use 120-grit sandpaper to scratch up the areas around the holes: Rub the coarse side of the sandpaper back and forth over the holes until you see scratches starting to form. The scratches on the soles will help the Shoes Goo stick to the soles.
Remove the insole and apply a piece of duct tape over the holes: Use a piece of duct tape that is large enough to cover the entire holes. The duct tape should go on the inside of your shoes. The duct tape will prevent the Shoes Goo from getting inside your shoes when you apply it.
Turn your shoes over and cover the hole with Shoes Goo: Shoes Goo is a thick, clear adhesive that hardens when it dries. Squeeze the tube of Shoes Goo and slowly move the tube across the holes as the Shoes Goo comes out. Stop squeezing once the entire holes are covered with Shoes Goo. You can find a tube of Shoes Goo online or at your local shopping centers.
Use an ice cube to spread the Shoes Goo in an even layer over the holes: Shoes Goo doesn’t stick to ice. If you missed any spots of your shoes, cover them with Shoes Goo using the ice cube. Spread the Shoes Goo with the ice cube until it is in a flat, even layer over the holes.
Let the Shoes Goo dry for 24 hours: Don’t rush the drying process or the Shoes Goo may not adhere properly. Place your shoes in a safe place where nothing will disturb it for 24 hours.
Sand down the Shoes Goo with 120-grit sandpapers: Brush the sandpaper back and forth over the Shoes Goo until it is flush with the rest of your shoe soles. Make sure there are not any bumps in the Shoes Goo or you’ll be able to feel them when you are walking in your shoes.
Method no. 3: How to Repair Shoe by Fixing Scuffs and Stains
Use pencil erasers to remove scuffs on your shoes: Make sure that the pencil eraser has never been used before. Place the eraser on the scuff mark on your shoes and gently rub it back and forth until the scuff is gone.
Fill in small scratch on your leather shoes with a felt tip marker: If your leather shoes are black, use black felt tip markers to fill. If your leather shoes are brown or another color, find felt tip markers what match. Place the tip of the markers on the scratches and carefully color it in so you do not get markesr on the rest of your shoes.
Remove scuffs on your patent-leather shoes by using petroleum jelly: Dip the end of a cotton swab or rag in petroleum jelly. Then gently rub the petroleum jelly into the scuffs on your shoes until it fades away.
Use white vinegar to remove stains from your leather shoes: Dip the corner of a wet swab into a bowl of white vinegar. Rub the soaked swab onto the salt stains on your shoes until they are gone.