How to Repair Shoe Heels After a Dog Chews Them

by Andie Francese ; Updated September 28, 2017

A dog may be man's best friend, but it can be an enemy to high-heeled shoes.

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Nicks, scrapes and scratches are a common problem for women who wear high-heeled shoes, but dog owners, especially, know all the pain of discovering that their favorite shoes have been nearly destroyed by their canine companions. High heeled shoes, however, can be fixed and brought back to life with the help of a few household items.

Assess the damage to the heel of the shoe. If your dog has bitten into the heel block, you will have to take the shoe to a professional for a replacement. If the dog has simply gnawed at the fabric, it can be fixed at home.

If the damage is superficial, clean the shoe with water and a damp cloth. This will remove any dust, dirt or dog saliva. Dry the heel off.

Wiggle the rubber heel tip free from the shoe with a set of pliers. Moving the tip back and forth will break it free. Throw the chewed tip away.

Glue any nicks or ripped pieces of leather or fabric down using leather glue. Follow the instructions on the package for best results.

Heat the glued area using a hair dryer on a low heat setting to allow the glue to set quickly.

Swipe a bit of nail polish -- the same color as the fabric -- over the repaired areas.

Place a new heel tip on the shoe following the instructions on the heel tip's packaging.


  • For severely damaged shoes, speak to a cobbler for the best course of action. Allow the glue and nail polish to dry overnight before wearing.

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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.