How to Repair a Shoe Heel
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How to Repair a Shoe Heel

Do you have a comfortable pair of shoes that are starting to come away at the heel? This guide shows how to repair a shoe heel at home, an easy DIY project.

I personally hate shopping for shoes as I have trouble finding a pair that fits just right without hurting my feet, so when my 10 year old walking shoes decided to finally come apart I decided to extend the life of them and save a few dollars at the same time.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Liquid Nails
  • Clamp – Try this ratchet bar clamp from Amazon. (Paid link)
  • Two Small Pieces of Wood or Folded Up Rags
  • Mineral Turpentine
  • Paper Towels or Rags


Time needed: 1 day, 7 hours and 20 minutes.

Repairing a Shoe Heel

  1. Prepare Your Work Surface

    Place newspapers down on your work surface so the glue doesn’t get anywhere it shouldn’t be.

  2. Apply the Liquid Nails

    Insert the liquid nails into the sole of the shoe making sure to go around the rim where it has come apart. Squeeze the top of the shoe and the heel together then wipe off any excess glue.

  3. Clamp the Heel

    Insert a piece of wood or enough rags into the shoe so that when you clamp it down the clamp isn’t bending the edge of the upper part of the shoe.
    Place another piece of wood or rags under the heel then clamp so it is just firm. If you clamp it down too hard you may risk damaging the shoe.

  4. Clean Off Excess Glue

    Use mineral turpentine on a paper towel or rag to clean off the remaining glue on the outside of the shoe. Be careful not to get any of the mineral turpentine on the upper part of the shoe.  It may discolour it depending on what type of material it is.

  5. Leave to Cure

    Leave clamped for 24 hours for the initial bond then wait up to 7 days for the full cure before wearing. You will need to look at the instructions on the product you are using for cure times.


Use mineral turps on a rag or paper towel to easily remove any glue that has found its way onto your fingers and hands.

To print or save this guide on how to repair a shoe heel, here is the PDF Version

How to Repair a Shoe Heel

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