Repairing Shoes

February 13, 2008

Man Repairing a ShoeI put a strip of duct tape on the inside heel of my sneakers. It seems a hole is always wore in the lining of the heel before the other parts of the sneaker is worn out.


By Janet from LaPorte City, IA

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May 22, 2013

I bought a pair of slip ons which are slightly (1/2size) loose on me. How can I make them tight on my feet? Could you suggest the best remedy? I would appreciate it highly.

Thank you.

By sas


May 24, 20130 found this helpful

Cheap shoe inserts are the easiest way to go. Or wear thicker socks.

May 24, 20130 found this helpful

Are they leather? If so, try wetting them and letting them dry.

May 24, 20130 found this helpful

Wear more sox.

May 24, 20130 found this helpful

Wear extra socks.


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May 25, 20130 found this helpful

I use Dr. Scholl insoles or Walgreens' brand in my shoes.

August 31, 20150 found this helpful

I had a problem with shoes being too big and I took a cotton ball and stuffed it into the toe of each shoe. Make it fit a lot better.

March 3, 20180 found this helpful

Love those shoes but even with extra socks, they are just too big? Here is a quick, inexpensive solution!

Trace around each of your feet on a piece of carpet.


Now place them in your shoes that are too large. Now they fit correctly and comfortably!

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December 22, 2011

I just got a used pair of boots. The zipper is still operable, but sticks especially at the bottom. The zipper is plastic. The boots, all man-made material, are well worn. The zipper is still strong, but hard to zip. Any ideas? Thanks.

By RC from Crescent City, CA


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December 22, 20110 found this helpful

When my kids were little I used to put margarine or cooking oil on the zippers. It usually isn't the zipper that sticks but "street gunk" clogs them up.


Just take a cloth and go from one end to the other. That should fix it.

December 22, 20110 found this helpful

Try a little WD40!


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December 22, 20110 found this helpful

Bees Wax or soap are both good for unsticking the zippers. I hope this helps.

December 23, 20110 found this helpful

You can also rub either the stub of a candle, or a crayon that matches the zipper on the teeth, to help the sticking.

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October 31, 2006

My red converse shoes have gotten color-faded. How can I fix this? Only the red part is color-faded.

Bigge C from Houstone, TX


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October 31, 20060 found this helpful

Have you tried the red fabric pens or paints from the craft stores?

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October 31, 20060 found this helpful

It they are leather -you can use old red lipstick as shoe polish (or go to the shoe repair shop and buy Meltonian in red - that's the only brand with lots of colors.)


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October 31, 20060 found this helpful

If they are leather you could use an old red lipstick for shoe polish - or get red shoe polish- The Meltonian brand available at shoe repair shops comes in a wide range of colors.

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July 12, 2006

I have 2 pairs of shoes that I really love but the straps that go around my heel will not stay on my heel. I have tried to tighten the strap but that doesn't work. The shoe fits fine except the strap will not stay put. Help!

Sheronda from Winter Haven, FL


July 13, 20060 found this helpful

If you only wear them occasionally try what's called "body and clothing tape" or "fashion tape". It's a double sided tape that won't hurt you or your clothing. Models, etc. use it to hold up dress tops or hold down swimsuit edges.


You can find it at most fabric stores either with sewing adhesives (like stitch witchery) or with undergarment supplies (like hooks and eyes or bra extenders).

July 19, 20060 found this helpful

Yoou could try a piece of moleskin on the inside of the strap, this is what we use for blisters on the heal. It should work.

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May 4, 2015

I have barely used high heels that have the insole rolled up on the heel portion.
How can I fix this? It is from the shoe being stored and the insoles have dried and rolled.


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May 6, 20150 found this helpful

Apply a small amount of super glue.

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May 2, 2011

I bought a great pair of boots at a thrift store. They do not have the heel pad on the bottom (just open). There is no shoe repair shop around. How can I do this myself? What materials would I use? Thanks!

By DeeDee from Linville, NC


June 12, 20110 found this helpful

You can order taps or tips on line for boots, Here is a picture of some of them. (Affiliate Link)
There is a glue called shoe Goo. I hope this helps. Here is a link on how to use Shoe Goo and what it is made of.


The tips might be more expensive than going to a cobbler. :)
Good luck on your shoes!

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February 7, 2018

If you have a blown out flip flop, you may be able to temporarily thong to stay in place with a plastic bread clip. Use a bread tag for a broken flip flop for a quick and easy fix for your footwear.

Bottom of flip flop with tag.

August 24, 2020

Recently, I realized that shoving my shoes off with my other foot was going to come back on me. It did. The little pot-metal clip that the Velcro strap went through broke. I can't afford shoe repair so I did it myself.

A shoe that has been fixed with a key ring.

April 26, 2020

The life of favorite flip flops can be extended by using small rubber bands or even plant marker plastic. Decorations can also give your thongs a new look.

A rubber band around the center thong of a flip flop.

February 26, 2018

Sometimes new shoes will have very slippery soles. You can try roughing them up with sandpaper. This is a page about using sandpaper to make shoes less slippery.

serval sheets of different sandpaper

December 22, 2013

This page is about removing scuff marks on leather shoes. When your leather footwear gets scratched you need to find a way to cover or remove the marks.

Scuffed Leather Shoes

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