How to Resole a Shoe and Attach a New Heel

Published: 23rd November 2009
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Resoling a shoe is a relatively easy do-it-yourself repair you can tackle at home. Just follow these simple steps:

1. The first step is to clean the soles of your shoes. You will want to remove all gunk, gum and dirt. If you need to use soap and water to clean the soles, be sure to allow the soles to dry completely before you continue with the repairs.

2. Remove the shoe's insoles. Then, using a razor or a utility knife, cut away the old soles.

3. Use a file to scuff the edges of the shoe where the sole was removed. This creates a rough surface that will help the new sole adhere to the shoe.

4. This next step depends on the type of soles you purchased. Self-adhering soles can be carefully aligned with the bottom of the shoe and then attached. The best way to put pressure on the bond and make sure the new soles stick is to wear the shoes around the house.

Soles that are not self-adhering will require some kind of shoe-repair contact cement. You should be able to find an appropriate product at your local shoe store.

5. Once the new soles are firmly attached, use scissors or a knife to trim the excess leather. You may want to use the file on the edges of the new sole to give the shoes a smooth finish.

If your shoes also need a pair of new heels, then you will want to attach half-soles to the bottom of the forefoot section of the shoe and deal with the heel area separately.

1. Remove the heel by pulling out any nails or unscrewing any screws. Once the nails or screws are out, the heel should come off with a few forceful tugs. (Don't be alarmed if you break the heel in the process.)

2. Using a file, remove any glue residue or other gunk on the shoe.

3. Apply shoe-repair contact cement to the area on the shoe where you want the heel to be attached. Carefully line up the replacement heel, and then press it firmly to the shoe.

4. Once the glue has dried, you will want to reinforce the new heel with several nails or screws. The best thing to do is copy the method used to attach the heel in the original shoe. Be careful not to apply nails or screws too close to the edge of the heel as this will make the heel weak and more likely to break.

5. Once the heel is securely attached, use a file to remove any rough edges or glue residue.

Jane Barron works for,a free online website that helps people find mismatched footwear.Get more information on club foot, club feet or corrective shoes.

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