There is nothing like a pair of favorite shoes. Once I find some I like, I wear them into the ground. This is why I try to make them last as long as possible. When I notice little signs of wear, I am quick to take action and perform minor repairs. Here are my three favorite easy shoe repairs for quick, budget-friendly fixes to your favorite footwear.
Repairing Cracks in Rubber Toes
My all-time favorite pair of sneakers are my vintage Converse All-Stars, which I miraculously found at a thrift store. Imagine my disappointment when I looked down one day and saw that the rubber toes were beginning to develop tiny cracks. Was this because I had recently cleaned the white toes with rubbing alcohol? Was that a mistake? What could I do to save my shoes? I remembered a tennis-playing friend from my youth who used a product called Shoe Goo to salvage the toes of her favorite tennis shoes. I purchased some, and carefully applied it with a small paintbrush. The result? My shoes looked nearly as good as new. Now, three months later, the toes of the shoes are still looking good with no additional cracks. Hooray for easy shoe repairs!
Fixing a Separated Sole
Not too long ago, I scored another fun shoe find at a different thrift store. I love to find quality clothing at bargain prices, and I seem to have good luck with shoes. This pair was a classy pair of black leather pumps by a famous designer. Also, they were on sale for half price. Such a deal! Later, after I brought them home, I noticed the sole of the toe on the right shoe had started to separate from the leather upper. It looked as if the toe might have caught on something, and if I wore them, I would certainly catch the toe on something as well. I was so disappointed! But wait, what about my favorite super-strength adhesive, Gorilla Glue? It might work. I dabbed a little on, using the applicator tip, and held the sole to the leather. After a few minutes, I got tired of holding it. There must be a better way, I thought. I grabbed a rubber band, wound it carefully around the toe, and left the glue to do its work. Presto! By the next day, when I checked the shoe, a super-strength bond had formed. The rubber band had left no marks. I haven’t been to an event formal enough for the shoes yet, but I can’t wait to wear them.
The Sharpie Scuff Marks Fix
As I spend my workdays with kids, I inevitably get my toes stepped on. I am also notorious for stubbing my toes on desks, chairs, library carts and other things in my path. I’m pretty hard on my shoes, and have used shoe polish to cover up scuffs in the past, with minimal success. A few years ago, when I was seeking a more permanent fix, the word permanent stuck in my mind, as in permanent marker. Yes, a Sharpie might work! As a bonus, Sharpie markers come in a variety of colors, just like shoes. I tried my theory on a pair of black boots that had been around for a couple of winters. Success! The Sharpie blended in well, and has not rubbed off. So easy!
Always on the Lookout for More Tips
How about you? Do you have some favorite quick and easy shoe repairs? I am always looking for more tools to add to my easy shoe repair kit. As always, I enjoy reading any comments you care to post. If you like what you have read today, and would like to receive a free eBook detailing free media tools for bloggers, as well as free printables for gardeners, teachers, bloggers and cooks, please consider subscribing to this blog. I wish you great shoe-repair success!