Outdoor Renovation

How to repair a shoe


Shoes are really expensive so it is frustrating when they start to show signs of wear and tear – especially if you have only had them one or two seasons.

Split or worn soles can mean wet feet on rainy days – or worse, they could cause you to trip resulting in painful accidents. Leather soled shoes and boots can be slippery and can also cause injury.

Taking your shoes and boots to a professional shoe repairer can be expensive and it also means you can’t wear them for a few days while they are being repaired.

Most people don’t know how easy, cheap and quick it is to do your own shoe and boot repairs. Selleys provides a range of shoe repair products to help you make fast repairs to your shoes – you’ll be back on your feet in no time.

Repairing cracks or holes in shoes

Selleys Shoe Glue is a strong, weather and impact resistant adhesive that is ideal for most shoe repairs. It is easy to apply and your shoes will be ready to wear 24 hours later.

Repairing shoes and boots is easy – here’s how,

Easy as

  1. Start with clean and dry shoes that are free from dirt or grease.
  2. For larger area repairs such as shoe soles, use the contact bond method:
    • Apply to one surface only, press together and pull apart. Keep apart until the adhesive film is almost dry (approx. 10 – 20 minutes).
    • Carefully line up surfaces to be joined and press surfaces firmly together. Bonds immediately on contact. Clamping may be necessary in some applications.
  3. For smaller areas, either use the contact method as above, or join with a wet bond:
    • Apply Shoe Glue to one surface only and immediately press together. Lightly clamp or hold until dry.
    • Wait 24 hours before wearing your shoes.

Protecting the soles of your shoes and boots

If your shoe soles are showing signs of wear and tear you can protect them with Selley’s Spred Sole. Spred Sole creates a hardwearing barrier that coats your soles and extends the life of your shoes.

Selley’s Spred Sole is anti-slip and is perfect on new shoes to add extra grip. You can also use Spred Sole on worn shoes to get a bit more wear or to build up worn heels.

Protecting your shoe soles is easy – here’s how,

Easy as

  1. Roughen soles with the scraper provided or if new, wear the shoes for a few days. Make sure the surface is clean and dry before you start.
    Squeeze Spred Sole in a thin layer about 1.5mm thick. Spread evenly over sole.
  2. Leave for 30 minutes before further applications. On average most shoes will require 2 or 3 layers. On worn soles apply to suit.
  3. Leave for 24 hours before wearing. Edges may be sandpapered or cut back and trimmed with a knife.