No matter where you go or how carefully you walk, you will find that it is easy to get gum on your shoes. Removing gum from your shoes can be an exasperating task, but you will discover that there are many ways to do it. If you have already tried scraping your shoe against the curb and have had no success, it is time to try something else.

Freezing

Step 1

Scrape as much of the gum off of the shoe as possible with a dull butter knife. If your shoe is smooth soled, you may be able to get all of the gum off in this fashion.

Step 2

Place the shoe in a plastic grocery bag, making sure that the gum is pressed tightly to the plastic of the grocery bag itself.

Step 3

Put the grocery bag, containing your shoe in the freezer.

Step 4

Leave the shoe in the freezer for at least an hour, allowing the gum to freeze. When the gum emerges, it should be hard and brittle.

Step 5

Pull the plastic bag away from the shoe. The gum should stick to the plastic bag rather than your shoe and be lifted away entirely.

Icing

Step 1

Scrape as much of the gum off of the shoe as possible with a dull butter knife.

Step 2

Put an ice cube and your shoe into a plastic bag. Place the ice cube so that it is only touching the gum, rather than your shoe itself.

Step 3

Set the plastic bag so that the ice will remain in contact with the gum until the gum freezes. This may take about an hour or so. You may need to replace the ice if your home is particularly warm.

Step 4

Scrape the rest of the gum off with a dull butter knife when the gum is frozen. It should be hard and brittle, making it easy to remove.

Oiling

Step 1

Scrape as much of the gum off of the shoe as possible with a dull butter knife.

Step 2

Spray the gum on the bottom of your shoe with WD-40.

Step 3

Let the WD-40 sit for a full minute.

Step 4

Wipe the oil and the gum away with a clean rag. To avoid damage to your shoe, make sure that you completely wipe away the oil.