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Best and Most Effective Glues for Your Shoes

When you wear your favorite pair of shoes for an extended amount of time, you will eventually need to repair them. One of the most common issues is for your shoe to break away or crack at the sole, and this can occur even if you care for them. Instead of throwing out your shoes or spending a lot of money getting them repaired by an expert, you can try to do the job yourself. Most of the shoe-repair stores will use glue to fix cracked heels and soles or tears within the upper shoe and you can do the same thing at home. Here's what to look for in the best glue for shoes and how to glue broken shoes.

Types of Glue to Repair Your Shoes

There are several types of glue that you can find to help you repair your shoes and it helps to understand what they are.

1

Urethane Rubber

This rubber is made into adhesives that are part of shoe repair in addition to sealants and molds. You can apply it onto a sole that is damaged or separated. This material will resist heat and prevent water from getting into your shoe, which can be an uncomfortable experience. Best of all, glue made from urethane rubber won’t stiffen your shoe after it dries so the shoe will still maintain its flexibility. 

2

Neoprene Cement

Neoprene-cement glue can be used for many different materials, including thermal plastic polyurethane, paper, plywood, wood, polyurethane, thermal plastic rubber, rubber, crepe, and leather. The main advantage of neoprene cement glues for shoes is that it works on a wide range of materials, including all of those most commonly found in shoes. It is a common choice for shoe repair due to its versatility, strength, anti-corrosion within the gluing surface, and quick drying time. Although it is ideal for repairing rubber shoe soles, you can also use it on the other materials of your shoe. 

3

Super Glue

This is a popular choice due to its ability to bond permanently in a short amount of time. It is easy to find in almost any craft or hardware store, dries quickly, and can seal leaks within your shoe soles. You should always wear a pair of gloves if using super glue because it may affect your skin due to its quick-binding properties. 

4

Epoxy Glue

This is typically used for repairing shoes or metal and in craft projects. Although it has a strong-hold, you need to be careful when using it on shoes. If the epoxy has large quantities of its catalyst (within the resin formula), it will dry quickly, but may crack in cold weather or eventually. Although formulas with less catalyst take more time to dry, they are more stable. Always select slow drying (around 24 hours) epoxy glue for shoe repair. 

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