DIY Project: Shoe Outsole Repair/Reinforcement

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a relaxing and recovering weekend. The weather’s been so lovely lately and I can smell that summer is right around corner. So over the weekend I did a little closet cleaning and re-organizing. People say that shoes are a woman’s pride, so naturally I paid special attention to my footwear.

I found this pair of scandal that I wore last year. It’s got a hot coral color that I like and it was pretty comfortable to walk in, but the only thing that bothers me is the sole. It’s too slippery! I remembered there were times that I almost trip and fall. They don’t do me any good when I can’t even wear them. Busting out my craft skills, I decided to give the soles a DIY job.

Here are the tools and materials I used, power mat from Daiso, Shoe Goo, sand paper sponge, and a Popsicle stick.

Shoe Outsole Repair

The first thing is to clean up the sole surface by filing with sand paper. It’s much easier if the shoes are new but a little patience will do. Don’t forget to wipe off the dust.

Shoe Sole Filed by Sand Paper

Now cut the rubber mat into shape.

Shoe Outsole Repair DIY

After cutting off the other one, slightly file the surface as well.

Cutting the Outsole

Now use the Popsicle stick to apply the Shoo Goo glue to the power mat. Remember to do it outside or in a well ventilated area.

Shoe Goo Applied on the Outsole

Attach the mat onto the shoes and remove the excess glue using the Popsicle stick. Even if you get glue on the shoes, it’s pretty easy to clean up. Just rub it into a ball and it should come off.

Rubber Outsole

Outsole Glued to the Shoes

I know I can’t wait to wear my newly improved shoes, but I gotta wait for a day or two so the glue will dry completely. Other than that, I like my new soles. I also had another pair of Y3 sandals which also had slippery soles and I attached the same mat on them. It’s been great so far. No more slipping sandals!

p.s. I saw there’re stick on soles like Sole Stopperz but I haven’t tried them yet. If you’ve tried anything to enhance your shoes, do let me know.

2 Responses to DIY Project: Shoe Outsole Repair/Reinforcement

  1. Lulu April 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    hehe that’s pretty creative, and i love how you chose a color to match ur show too :p you can also find those self adhesive sand paper looking things to stick to the bottom of your slippery soles, I find them to work out quite well too — found them at DSW, HTH 🙂

    • Fruity Lashes April 25, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      🙂 Does yours fall off after a while? I read reviews that they don’t last that’s why I had to use glue. Which brand did you get?


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