How to Use Shoe Glue and Save Money on Shoes

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Those of us that walk or jog for long distances wear out shoes much quicker than normal.

This is an issue I have experienced myself due to a long walk to work every day.

Over time the expense of buying new shoes can really add up.

There are two ways you can mitigate this, one is to pay to get the shoes repaired, the other is to do it yourself by using shoe glue.


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The advantages of the DIY method using shoe glue include:

Saving money

Shoe glue is very cheap compared to the price of buying a new pair of shoes. For a shoe glue like this one you can patch up to a dozen pairs of shoes. You do not need specialized skills to apply.

All you need to do is to rub the glue on the torn part, stick it and leave it to dry. The glue is readily available online on Amazon, Walmart, and eBay and in shoe repair shops.

It is safe to use

The majority of shoe glues are very safe to use and you don’t need specialized tools to handle them. It is however recommended that while applying the adhesive, you should do it in an open place where there is plenty of air circulation. Otherwise, the vapors can cause some slight dizziness when inhaled.

A wide range of uses

Shoe glue is not only used for patching torn parts of the shoe; it can also be used in repairing worn-out soles. All that you need to do is to apply several layers of glue leave it to dry and this will act as a replacement for the worn-out soles.

How to apply Shoe Glue

Glue is very effective in shoe repair when it is well applied. In order to do a good shoe repair job using glue, you will need to have several items; a sandpaper, a rag, a brush or a toothpick, and an ice cube.

In place of sandpaper, you can use a nail file.

The following procedure can be followed when applying glue:

  1. Use the sandpaper or nail file to scratch the surface where glue is to be applied. This helps create a rough surface that will ensure that the glue sticks.
  2. Take the tube and squeeze some glue on that surface. Use the ice cube to evenly spread the glue on the surface. The good thing ice cubes is that glue does not stick to them so you can spread it with ease. The toothpick or brush is used to apply glue on spots that are not easily accessible.
  3. Once you are done spreading it, stick the two parts that you are trying to repair and hold them together for several seconds.
  4. Now, leave the shoe in the sun for several minutes for the glue to dry up. Once it dries up, the shoe will be as good as new.

In case you are using it to repair a worn out sole, apply the first layer, spread it and give it time to dry. The procedure should be repeated until the desired level is achieved. You might want to wear an apron and gloves on as the use of glue can be messy at times.

From the above, it is evident that there are a lot of benefits that can be derived from the use of glue on shoes. So the next time you have a worn out shoe and are considering throwing them away, buy some glue and apply it on the torn parts of the shoe. It really can substantially increase the life of your shoes.

It is important to read the safety precautions when using shoe glue to ensure you know exactly what to do in the event of an accident.


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