I love my shoes and they mean a lot to me. That’s why I hate it when I see them deteriorating. I feel sad every time I see those tears and cracked soles. Luckily, with the help of a glue, we can repair them by ourselves.
We don’t have to spend a lot of money to repair our favorite shoes unless you want a professional to do them for you.
3 Best Glue For Shoe Repair
- Shoe Goo
- Best For: Rubber Shoes, Sneakers, Tennis shoes, Basketball shoes, Running Shoes, Canvas Shoes and Leather Shoes
- Barge All-Purpose Cement
- Best For: Sneakers, Rubber Shoes, Tennis shoes, Basketball shoes, Running Shoes, Canvas Shoes, Boots, Work Boots, Hiking Boots and Leather Shoes
1. Shoe Goo
Shoe Goo is one of the best and one of the most popular glue in the market today. The glue is particularly designed to bond different parts of shoes. It is one of the best glue for sneakers, tennis shoes and running shoes.
It can also work on different materials like rubber, wood, plastic, vinyl and leather. It is also waterproof, so you do not have to worry if your shoes got wet. The Shoe Goo is like a self-vulcanizing rubber in a tube, and it works really well.
If you see some damage on your shoes, quickly apply Shoe Goo to extend the life of your shoe and prevent any further wear. For me, it seems like the flexibility of the “ShoeGoo” would work better than a more rigid glue.
How to Apply The Shoe Goo
- The first step to applying Shoe Goo is to make sure that the affected area is dry and free from dirt.
- Undo the cap and punch a hole on the seal using a key or a screwdriver.
- Apply a small amount of Shoe Goo on the affected areas.
- Using a wet finger, gently smooth the glue out to even the coating.
- Allow the glue to dry for at least 24 hours before using your shoes.
2. Barge All-Purpose Cement
Barge cement is traditionally preferred for repairing shoe soles and is in fact, among the favorites of many shoemakers. It can bond almost any type of shoes or soles. You can also use it for other materials as well.
Leather shoes are far more difficult to bond than rubber. Barge will work very well with these type of shoes. Using barge when repairing leather shoes is a breeze. It’s neoprene based and it is waterproof.
In my opinion, this is the best glue for leather shoes. One thing I want you to note is it has a yellowish tint so you need to be careful if you do not want that yellowish tone to be visible. The clear variant is only available in quart or gallon sizes.
I recommend it if you want to repair your rubber shoes, working boots and leather shoes.
How to Apply The Barge All-Purpose Cement
- Both surfaces should be clean and dry.
- Apply evenly to both surfaces.
- Check the instructions included for individual optimal drying times.
- After the dry time has passed, press together with a little bit of pressure for 1 to 2 minutes.
3. Gorilla Super Glue
Though marketed as an all-around glue, the Gorilla Super Glue can repair shoes effectively. It has a non-expanding formula, a cyanoacrylate glue, and is defined as impact resistant and great for repairing shoe soles. A polyurethane Gorilla Glue would fail here as it is inflexible when dry.
You can also use the glue to bond wood, rubber, leather, ceramic and certain types of plastic. It also quickly dries and no clamping needed. Although, I will still clamp or press the two surfaces together when using it on my shoes to be certain.
How to Apply The Gorilla Super Glue
- Clean and dry the surfaces of your shoes.
- Apply a small amount of Gorilla Super Glue.
- Clamp or apply pressure on the two surfaces.