How to Repair the Heel of Athletic Shoes

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Introduction: How to Repair the Heel of Athletic Shoes

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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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35 Discussions

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jaggerbog
jaggerbog

2 months ago

I sometimes glue a bit of foam or sponge into the hole as well, before adding the fabric. I use PVA, I think it's called Elmer's in the States.

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Steger33
Steger33

11 months ago on Introduction

Looks great! Many a pair I have discarded simply because of this. Your instructions were clear. Pictures with brief instructions. We
repair cell phones when folks can't finish their home repair. We understand. Good shoe repair shops can fix heels as well; this looks simple!

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dkschmidt
dkschmidt

1 year ago

I had a similar issue today and just cut KT tape to size. Works great.

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EstebanB22
EstebanB22

2 years ago

any idea of how to repair this?

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dkschmidt
dkschmidt

Reply 1 year ago

I cut KT tape to size

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RobO27
RobO27

4 years ago

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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neffk
neffk

Reply 4 years ago

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.

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strangeseraph

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

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bethelcobbler

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.

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Jossy92
Jossy92

7 years ago on Introduction

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.

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patmatchue
patmatchue

9 years ago on Introduction

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.

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neffk
neffk

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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Cargod63
Cargod63

10 years ago on Introduction

If you untie your shoes before taking them off you won't need to do this repair. Nice repair for those of us who are lazy (I am one) to untie their shoes.

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ali208
ali208

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

The heel of my work boots wear out quick, I do untie them before taking them off, and I pull them on not stepping into them I searched everywhere on line Googled my fingers off and couldn't find anything to help... I'm glad I finally found this.

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neffk
neffk

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

I have a pair of hiking boots, which I tied and untied.  There's no point in buying hiking boots and wearing without lacing them up.  Anyway, they eventually dud wear our in the back, too.  They did last a lot longer before needing repair, though.

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ricehimself
ricehimself

11 years ago on Introduction

I usually put some duck tape when they start to wear out. It's very effective. You just have to replace it from time to time.

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dudemanchan
dudemanchan

11 years ago on Introduction

For the bottom padding of your shoe i just cut a piece of cardboard out and place it at the bottom (with some super glue) and after you wear it a little bit, it forms to the shoe (like the sole).