How to Fix the Sole of Your Shoe

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When the sole of one of your favorite shoes starts to fail, repair it rather than replace it. If the sole is separating from the rest of the shoe, you can reattach it. If there's a hole, you can fill it. Doing it yourself will save you money on both replacement and repair costs.

Reattach a Sole

Separate the sole from the shoe, or part of the shoe in question. Remove any old glue by rubbing the area with alcohol and a cloth.

Apply glue to the shoe and the sole. Press the two parts together and quickly wipe up any glue that squeezes out.

Put a weight on top of the shoe so that the parts bond. Let the glue dry according to package directions.

Fix a Hole

Tape over the hole from the inside of the shoe.

Apply an epoxy in the hole from the sole side of the shoe.

Remove the tape from inside the shoe and smooth out bumps before the epoxy dries, which is usually about two hours.