Just when your shoes or boots start to feel comfortable, you notice a slit on the side of the sole. Or a heel begins to separate. You can take the culprit in a shoemaker for a “shoe restore” to have the only repair or startup heel glued or you can do it yourself in seconds. There are a few options. Shoe Goo and an advanced or commercial grade (superglue) cyanoacrylate.
Shoe Goo is the favorite of skater as it will stick most things together and complete a bit serious The gaps left by the road scratch parts of the sneakers .
Super Glue and Krazy Glue are cyanoacrylates – this is the chemical basis of super-glue or Krazy Glue. Professional or commercial super-glues have features that make them more repairable than the super glue on the shelf.
Both types of products (Shoe Goo sticky and super glue) have their use. These two types of glue last a while then are good to have around because they do not go wrong and will be available when you need them. Both will be dry flexible.
Shoe Goo can be purchased at hardware stores and sports stores and certainly online. This is pretty thick and is clear, black and white. It can be used to rebuild a worn heel on a shoe or running shoes. It can be used to re-attach a slit in the sole of the shoe or heel, but since it is so thick, I find a product like a premium super-glue (a commercial grade cyanoacylate) more useful.
To Rebuild a heel with shoe, you should first use a little sandpaper to damage the surface. This gives the glue something to attach to. Once this is done, just squeeze a little out of the tube and shape it with a small stick. Most Shoe Goo packages will come with a stick for the application. If you need to apply in layers to create a little more thickness, wait about 5-6 hours between applications. Wait 24 hours before walking on the shoe or the shoe. It dries very well, but it will stop once you start walking.
If the sole has been separated somewhere, you can carefully tighten some of the glue and then squeeze the two surfaces together. This is not the best glue for this type of application as it can be messy, but with care can be done. When you press both surfaces together, some will squeeze you and you will scratch with a piece of wood or metal to get a soft edge. Leave it set for 24 hours as well. It will be flexible when healing.
How and when to use an advanced cyanoacrylate for a “shoe repair”
If you have a sole or heel starting to separate the Goo Shoe can be messy very Easily and if you are trying to repair a pair of dress shoes or very nice boots, this may not be the material to use. If you use super glue or Krazy glue, you may have problems as well because they often become brittle when they are dry and once you start walking in your Shoes or boots, they will probably fall over.
Commercial grade cyanoacrylates are manufactured from the same base as superglue, but without the solvents, dry with clear and flexible water. They are extremely easy to use and are almost instant, you do not have to wait to wear the shoe or start up.
Some examples of types of situations where you could use this type of super-glue: the toe of the shoe or the running shoe begins to spread; The heel of a shoe begins to separate or fall; Two layers of leather on the dress shoes begin to separate.
One of the benefits of this type of product is that it will chew. This means that if you put a drop on the edge of a crack or a joint that begins to divide, it will enter that space. It will be well served. That means less mess.
So for a crack in a shoe, try to hold the shoe or start so that the slit is open as much as possible and that the glue can break down. Place the tip of the spout towards the edge and gently squeeze a drop into the space. If it is long enough, you may need to use the tip of the bottle along the line of space while gently squeezing a little bit of glue. Put the bottle aside and press firmly on both surfaces. This type of glue takes only a few minutes to adjust. Give him a few more minutes and you can walk in your shoes or boots. Take care as some of the glue may leak out when you tighten the two surfaces together – hold the shoe so it does not move over the top or other parts where a stain could show .
This makes an excellent Correction of Emergency: you are ready to go to work or party and you find that the heel of your shoe is loose. Remove your super commercial grade glue, apply it and in seconds you are ready to go.