How to Repair Wellington Boots

by Rebecca Eve Schweitzer

Wellingtons in good repair keep feet dry.

three wellington boots image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com

Wellington boots, also known as rain boots, keep feet dry and clean through rain and mud. But they work only if they are free of holes. Because rubber is prone to dry out and susceptible to sharp objects, cracks and tears can ruin an otherwise good pair of boots. There are several ways to repair these boots and save your investment.

Items you will need

  • Rubber repair kit
  • Shoe Repair Goo or Shoe Patch Goo

Rubber Repair Kit

Step 1

Find a rubber repair kit that will work for your boots. If the boots are not made of rubber, find a repair kit for that material. Check with your boot manufacturer to see if they sell a patch kit. If not, purchase a boot repair kit. If you cannot find such a kit for rubber boots, you may also use a rubber repair kit for a bike tire or car tire inner tube. If your boots are not black, try to find a clear patch kit so you don't end up with large black patches on your boots.

Step 2

Clean the boots with a soft brush and gentle cleanser. Do not use harsh cleaning agents because they can harm the rubber and cause drying and more cracking.

Step 3

Read the instructions on your chosen kit and follow them carefully. Each kit varies so be careful to follow the instructions exactly. Some kits are just a stick-on patch while others require adhesives and a more involved process.

Step 4

Allow the repair sufficient drying and curing time as instructed by the repair kit before wearing the boots again.

Shoe Repair Patching Goo

Step 1

Find a liquid shoe patching "goo" that says it works with rubber or the material your Wellington boots are made of. Look for a clear goo or a goo that will match your boots so you don't leave unsightly marks on the area you patch.

Step 2

Clean the boots with a soft brush and gentle cleanser. Do not use harsh cleaning agents because they can harm the rubber and cause drying and more cracking.

Step 3

Apply the shoe goo according to the instructions on the packaging. You may want to place newspaper or some other material inside the boot in case some of the goo drips through the torn or cracked area.

Step 4

Allow the goo sufficient drying time as instructed by the packaging before wearing the boots again.

Tips

  • If the boots are expensive, consider taking them to a professional shoe repair shop before trying a home repair. Repair shops can reinforce the lining as well as patch the outside. If there is a hole in the sole of the boot or a zipper is broken, this may be the only way to repair the boot.

    Keep boots clean and store away from extreme temperatures to avoid future cracking or separating at the repair site.

Warnings

  • Do not continue wearing a cracked or torn boot. This can cause larger damage, making the repairs more difficult.

    Do not get shoe goo on skin and other surfaces because it is a very strong adhesive.

Photo Credits

  • three wellington boots image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Rebecca Eve Schweitzer is a blog editor and freelance writer with experience in fashion, automotive, environmental, lifestyle and entertainment writing. She earned a bachelors degree in communication from Spring Arbor University and is the editor of FashionMeFabulous.com, a fashion blog, and it's brother blog, Bloke.