Posted by on 3rd June 2017

At what point do you throw away your old shoes. Is it when the heel has worn away, the stitching has come away, or maybe the sole suddenly began talking to you on your way to work or school. As you can probably imagine we consume a ridiculous amount of shoes all in the name of fashion and want to have options for various events – there is no judgment from me I was the very same. In fact we consume £330M shoes each year with the majority only ending up in a landfill when we can no longer bare the site of our overfilled wardrobes. So what I hear you cry, if your old shoes end up going to a landfill site.

As your old shoes rot away at a landfill site, they give off various nasty gases most prominent is methane and carbon gases at approx 90-98%. Ignoring the rise in global carbon emissions means we suffer the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. Not only is there the immediate impact this can have on lives in the way of injury, mental injury and of death, but there is the cost associated with infrastructure repair, loss of wildlife to name a small element of the issues associated with textile waste. But not to fair, the worst thing you can do is nothing. Below is a fun way you can have a positive impact on your environment and your bank balance!

Ordinarily, I would take my busted shoes to my local cobblers but when you have all the tools and materials you need at home it seemed like an unnecessary added expense, especially when you’re trying to reduce outgoings.

I purchased my supplies from my local leather merchants, but all are easily obtainable from Amazon or a good builders merchants.

What I used:


Instant Contact Adhesive
G-clamps/Plastic spring clamps
Glycerine soap or Soapy water

Shoe repair step 6

I begin the process by sanding off any old glue, by using a heavy grit sandpaper.

Shoe repair step 7

Next, I use soapy water, I’m using a bar of glycerine soap, but washing up liquid will suffice. I clean any dirt and residue from the sandpaper.

Shoe repair step 8

Next, I prep for the gluing and get my clamps and contact adhesive ready!

Shoe repair step 9

I apply a few thick layers to the sole base and the actual shoe section to ensure I get a firm hold.

Shoe repair step 10

Lastly, I use a few clamps and some paper to fold the shoe in place whilst it dries and leaves it to dry for 48 hours.

So all in all. I’m pretty impressed. My boots came out pretty professional looking. I had a little residue left over from the dried glue. Quick tip – use a pencil eraser to rub away residue, works a treat.

So before you go ahead and throw out your next pair of shoes that fall apart, consider trying your hand at quick repair job on them instead. Otherwise please check out your local cobblers. I will post a list of my favorite London based cobblers next week.

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