How to Repair the Rubber Heels of Shoes

Wearing out or damaging the heel on a favorite shoe has generally meant it needs to be taken into a cobbler for expert shoe repair, or it ends up in the garbage to be replaced with a brand new pair of shoes. Home shoe repair is not something that a lot of people think about when the heels of their shoes go bad, but if you have a little do-it-yourself knowledge, repairing a shoe heel yourself can save a lot of time and money.

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Step 1

Sand and rough up the damaged area of the heel. Use either an emery board or sandpaper. If you have purchased a tube of Shoe Goo, it will come with a sanding board.

Step 2

Squeeze out and apply Shoe Goo over the damaged area of the heel. Fill in as much of the damaged area as possible.

Step 3

Apply Shoe Goo to the tip of a toothpick and work it into difficult places to reach like cracks or crevices.

Step 4

Smooth out the freshly applied Shoe Goo with an ice cube.

Step 5

Follow manufacturer's directions for drying time, but most repairs will take 24 hours to dry. Thick applications may take longer.