How to Repair the Heel of Athletic Shoes

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Introduction: How to Repair the Heel of Athletic Shoes

The heel of my athletic shoes wear out before the rest of the shoe. This instructable is all about how to glue in some cloth and secure it with a few stitches.

Step 1: Glue in Cloth

Glue in a bit of cloth over the worn out part of the heel. Remove the insert first. Then use a glue that is flexible to fasten the cloth into the heel. I used glue that was designed for gluing soles together. The choice of cloth is important. It must be durable but not too thin or too thick. I used old denim from a worn out pair of jeans.

Step 2: Stitch in Top Edge

I think the top edge is the most likely place to fail, so I stitched that in. I used a curved needle, but it's not necessary. Use a thin sharp needle and some strong thread.

Step 3: Finish

Put the insert back in, trim ends of thread, and take a step back to admire your work.

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any idea of how to repair this?

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Help!!!!! ???? this is my second pair of now seemingly unavailable Canucks trainers my dog has destroyed. Living in the UK I'd have more chance of striking oil in my garden than getting another pair. I get the inside repairs and are all goods including the initial posters stitching, mine would look more like rambo did them. Does anyone have any ideas? do you think butchering some other trainers for parts (the foam and shapes of the tendon cut out) and trying to find fabric colours from a craft shop would work with a tonne of glue? I know they're never going to be 100% but some semblance of how they looked would be great.

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Yes, I think you can fix this. Won't look perfect but it'll be functional. I recommend sewing over glue. Nylon seems to work best. You can get foam from the craft store, too.

This is a lifesaver! I go through shoe heels soo fast! Time to go save some of my favorite runners!

Great instructable...Thanks for posting this!

Great work! I think I might have to do this with my trainers.

Excellent job on instructing how to repair heel linings! Professionals use contact cement; it is best to apply it to both surfaces while it is still wet. This permits you to slide and position the lining into the right spot. Allow about half an hour to dry, pressing the materials together.

A piece of "MOLESHKIN" anti-blister tape which is CUT TO CONFORM to the shape of the heel seems to adhere indefinitely. However a few added stiches might help if needed. I place them in new shoes too.

you can bring your shoes to a local shoe repair shop and ask for backlinings....most shoes can be repaired

if there are none in your area you can mail them to Bill's Shoe Repair in Midland Park, NJ.

Yes! This is what I do for my good, leather shoes. Good as new for 5-10 $. Usually a good shine is included.