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Whether its party heels or sneakers, shoes are made to be worn and lived in. Over time, our favorite pairs—no matter how carefully we treat them—inevitably end up in disrepair. But don't toss that pair just yet. There are fortunately a handful of products that are designed to salvage your most beloved shoes. Breathe new life into your favorite pair with one of the seven best glues for footwear on the market. Keep reading to see our favorite picks.
1. Shoe Goo
True to its name, Shoe Goo is designed specifically for use on footwear, and it's hands down one of the best shoe glues for just about any style. Shoe Goo dries clear (a must for maintaining seamless color), and the glue remains flexible even after drying. This product's good for everything from detached soles to broken heels.
2. Gorilla Glue
Another top pick for DIY shoe repair is Gorilla Glue. This ultra-versatile product is waterproof and temperature-resistant. It's also a good choice for harder shoe materials like wood and metal. This is another glue that dries clear (aka it won't affect the item's appearance).
3. Shoe-Fix Shoe Glue
Another product designed specifically for shoe repair, Shoe-Fix Shoe Glue is a great choice for virtually any shoe material. Some of our favorite features are how quickly it dries and the clear, weatherproof flexible result.
4. Freesole Shoe and Boot Repair
One of the more heavy-duty glues on our list, Freesole Shoe and Boot Repair is suited for structural shoe repair projects (such as reattaching soles or toe caps). This is a good choice for work boots, athletic shoes, and hiking boots.
5. Kiwi Sure Steps
For those looking to extend the lifespan of their shoes (and specifically the soles), Kiwi Sure Steps offers an adhesive attachment to prevent slipping on slick surfaces. This is an especially good option for footwear like dress shoes, which tend to lack traction and run a higher risk of cracked soles and heels.
6. Boot-Fix Shoe Glue
Much like the closely related Shoe-Fix Shoe Glue, Boot-Fix promises professional-quality shoe repairs but is designed specifically to address breaks and tears on boots. This is specially made for shoes made from vinyl or rubber.
7. Super Glue
For catchall, multipurpose shoe repair, Super Glue remains one of the best glues on the market. While Super Glue can offer a quick fix for separated soles and broken heels (and is one of the most useful products to have on hand in general), it's never a good idea to get it on your skin. Trust us—it lives up to its name.
Now that you know which glues are the best for repairing your shoes, keep them looking new by learning how to remove scuff marks.
This story was published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.