DIY Textiles and Sewing

DIY Shoe Repair (it’s cheap and EASY)

October 4, 2016

Thank you to Dap Products for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own based on personal experience.

I don't know about you, but WAY too often the straps of my flip flops, wedges and other sandals break.  And it usually seems to be at the worst possible time. Just this past year, I have had the straps of various shoes break in the middle of Ikea (ummm, not good–Ikea is HUGE) and at a swanky event at a conference (super embarrassing).  Well now I have a DIY solution that works every time.  No surprise that really, it's all about having the right shoe repair supplies.  Best of all, it can be done on the fly, so I never leave home without it.  This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.


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DIY Shoe repair supplies needed:

  • Dap All Purpose Rapid Fuse– Over the years I have tried super glue and Gorilla glue and they FAIL long-term.  Dap Rapid Fuse is the only glue I recommend for repairing your shoes.  It works great on straps like I show in the video, but we have also used it on two pairs of my husband's shoes to reattach the soles where they have come loose.  Every pair of shoes we have repaired with Dap Rapid Fuse are holding strong!
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Clamps (optional)

Just check out the video to learn all about how to use the shoe repair supplies to repair your shoes yourself!






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  1. Rebecca says:

    Shoe Goo is really, really good for fixing “talking” shoes as well. My mom used it to hold five kids worth of shoes together and it never failed. Now, I’m a mother myself and have used it to make my sons’ shoes hold on a few more months many times. Got to make them hang in there until they’ve been outgrown! I’ve also used it for fixing my honey’s work boots. He’s a commercial painter and vinyl hanger and he puts a lot of miles and abuse on those things . They’ve held on until he’s actually worn the tread on the bottom to nothing! Definitely going to give Dap a try as well. Thanks!!

  2. Shannon says:

    Never tried Dap glue… have to get some. (Probably would still work without clamps?)


    • Tasha A. says:

      Oh yeah, it definitely does. Just apply some pressure with your fingers for a couple minutes and then don’t wear the shoes for at least 30 minutes or so. This glue sets pretty quickly!

  3. Kostas says:

    Yeah, both of these won’t last.
    What a waste of time.

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