The 5 Best Tubes Of Glue For Shoes That You Can Use

For a long time, I was always taught, by my father, to save as much money as humanly possible. This meant fixing things when they break, instead of buying new ones and fixing them yourself instead of taking them to a shop.

The same goes for shoes – if the sole breaks off, just glue it back on and keep going. Yes, even when you’re in the wilderness. It’s much easier and cheaper than carrying a second pair, I’ll tell you that!

So, today I’ll be talking about how to find the best glue for shoes on the market, how to use it and I’ll review some of the best products around.

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What To Consider When Buying Shoe Glue

To get the best glue for shoes you can find you need to consider a lot of things – but here are some of the most important ones.

Glue Type

The first thing you need to think about when buying the right glue for your shoes is the type of glue you want to use. There are many different ones out there, each with some benefits and a few downsides. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Neoprene Cement – This type of glue is used for a lot of different materials, including plastic, paper, wood, rubber, leather and more. Due to this, it will work on almost any type of shoe you can imagine, no matter what it's made out of. It's strong, versatile, and it dries quickly while being resistant to most things that could damage it.

Urethane Rubber – It’s one of the most common glues used in shoe repair due to the way it seamlessly blends in with most shoe soles. It can resist heat and is waterproof while also being sturdy and flexible – a shoe will not become stiff if you use this glue to fix the sole.

Epoxy Glue – Another glue typically used for shoe repair, epoxy glue dries quickly and has a firm hold. However, it is not resistant to cold, and it may cause it to crack – it also won't last for too long. Versions that dry slower are more resistant to such problems, though, but aren't useful when you're on the go.

Super Glue – I use superglue, you use superglue, everyone uses superglue for almost anything they can think of. It’s a popular choice for gluing a lot of things, including shoe soles, it’s cheap, it dries quickly and easily seals leaks in your shoes. The trouble with it is that it might not last for too long and it can be unsafe.

Performance

The performance of the glue is not just the strength of it – it’s more than that. For example, consider the versatility of the glue you’re buying – which materials can it work with and how well does it work with them?

Of course, you also need to consider the strength of the glue. Will the tough and heavy sole of your boot stick to the rest of it or will the glue merely be too weak to take that much strain? Will your toes stay safe if it wears off?

The endurance of the glue is also essential – for how long will it hold? Can you rely on it for days or is it only useful for a few hours, as a stopgap measure?

Resistance To Temperature And Water

While most shoe glues you buy will perform decently under ideal conditions, your shoes probably won't stay in the perfect condition most of the time, especially if you’re an outdoor person.

How resistant the glue is to incredibly hot or cold conditions as well as direct exposure to water is of great concern to someone who’s out in the woods or the mountains a lot.

Always check how good the glue is at holding your shoes together in extreme conditions before you buy it or you'll end up barefooted in a lousy situation sooner or later.

Resistance To Temperature And Water

While most shoe glues you buy will perform decently under ideal conditions, your shoes probably won't stay in the perfect condition most of the time, especially if you’re an outdoor person.

How resistant the glue is to incredibly hot or cold conditions as well as direct exposure to water is of great concern to someone who’s out in the woods or the mountains a lot.

Always check how good the glue is at holding your shoes together in extreme conditions before you buy it or you'll end up barefooted in a lousy situation sooner or later.

Speed

If you're on the go and you need to fix your shoes quickly, you need a tube of glue that reacts and dries incredibly quickly with almost no curing time. Long-term performance is not much of an issue in that case since you need whole shoes right away – I've been in that sort of pinch.

However, if you do have time, some glues that react and bond a bit slower and take hours or even more than a day to dry and cure can also be a good choice. Some of the best glues take a long time to bond but will keep your shoes whole for quite a long time.

Safety

Glues can be made of extremely toxic materials, and you need to consider that when you're buying your glue. Where will you keep it? Will it be out of reach of your children or pets? If you're using it on your shoes, could it poison your dog if it starts to lick your boots when you come in the front door? Is it flammable?

These are all things you need to consider when purchasing the right product to ensure you get the best glue for shoes that you can.

How To Fix The Sole Of Your Shoe

Have you ever glued a shoe before? Heck, has anyone you know ever fixed a shoe in their life? I know the answer is probably no – that's why I'll tell you how to do it. Don't worry, as you are about to see; it's nothing complicated. Here are the basics of using most types of shoe glues available.

Step 1

Make sure your shoe is clean and dry before attempting to apply the glue. Roughen the surface a little bit as well.

Step 2

Apply the glue to the surface in a thin layer before letting it sit for a short while to cure (this varies depending on the type of glue).

Step 3

When it's cured stick the two surfaces to each other and apply some pressure to make sure they are well-stuck. If the pressure needs to be applied for an extended amount of time use adhesive tape, a heavy object or a clamp.

Step 4

Clean up all the excess glue as quickly as possible and allow the shoe to dry before you start using it again. No matter how fast the glue dries, letting it sit for a while is a good option

Follow these steps, and you're good to go! However, you should always look at the instructions for your specific glue to make sure you're doing everything the right way.

The Best Glue for Shoes – Top 5 Products You Should Check Out

This is a best-seller for a reason – it's a fantastic product in almost every regard. It is one of the best glues to use on the go due to a few things.

First, it's swift to bond and dry meaning that you don't have to wait a long time before you can use your shoes again. Secondly, it's completely waterproof, so there's no risk of it coming off quickly. It's also incredibly durable and flexible, meaning that you can move however you want in your shoes.

On top of all that, it’s easy to clean up if you use too much. It’s one of the best glues for sealing small holes in your shoes.

The main issue with it is the packaging – the amount of glue you get out of one squeeze is highly inconsistent. The applicator is simply inadequate and if you happen to squeeze it a bit too hard, or in the wrong place, the package will burst.

The other major downside is the absolutely horrid smell, but that goes away after a while.


​PROS

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    Excess glue is easy to remove
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    The glue dries quickly
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    It’s amazingly strong
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    When it dries, it remains flexible
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    Completely waterproof

​CONS

  • Poor packaging and applicator
  • The smell is horrible

This shoe glue is one the cheaper side, but that shouldn't fool you; it's more than good enough to fix your shoes.

The bad part about this glue is that it only works on rubber and vinyl and almost no other material. It's also difficult to apply it correctly – there are detailed instructions on how to use it on the product page, and you need to follow them carefully.

However, once you do apply it correctly you'll find that it sticks instantly, it dries quickly, and everything stays glued up for quite a while. It is highly resistant to water damage, and it stays on even in extreme heat or cold. It's also not rigid, and your shoes will remain flexible.

You have to be careful when you apply it, though. The residue doesn't clean up, and it is noticeable. If you're not too worried about the look of your shoes, it's okay.


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    It dries quickly
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    It is fully waterproof
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    Resistant to temperature changes
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    Flexible and durable
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    Comes at a great price

​CONS

  • Difficult to apply properly
  • The excess glue doesn’t clean up well
  • Usable only on rubber and vinyl

This is a fantastic urethane rubber glue that works well on most materials you can think of. It can definitely be used for more than just repairing shoes, and it even works well on fabric.

If you like your glues to dry quickly, you won’t like the curing time – around 8 hours at the least. It is not useful in emergencies, and you can't apply it in a rush.

However, once it is correctly applied, it lasts for an incredibly long time while being utterly resistant to extreme temperatures and fully waterproof. People have used it for wetsuits, and it performed great.

The only major downside is that you might have to throw most of it away. It lasts for around two weeks after it is opened and you have to be extremely careful, or the tube can clog. The packaging is quite weak and might burst as well so take care.


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    It can be used on almost any substance
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    Completely resistant to water and temperature
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    Flexible when dry
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    Lasts for a long time
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    Completely safe and non-toxic

​CONS

  • Takes a lot of time to cure
  • The tube can clog, and the packaging is poor
  • Doesn’t last for a long time when opened

If you're after an affordable tube of glue that can be used to glue almost anything, you can't go wrong with this one. It's durable and long-lasting, resistant to water and the elements. You can use it quickly since it dries in less than 30 minutes and you can apply it quickly with a brush that's included in the package.

It does have some issues though, as expected. The remaining glue is difficult to clean up once you apply it and it keeps the color so it will be noticeable. It also smells rancid, so you need to watch out when you're using it.

The packaging is also poor, refusing to stay adequately closed and clogging up easily. Get it in small packages and use it quickly to avoid wasting most of it.


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    Strong and can last through almost anything
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    It can be used on a lot of different materials
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    Comes with a brush
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    It dries in less than half an hour

​CONS

  • The residue is difficult to clean
  • The tube doesn’t stay closed and can dry out
  • The glue smells horrible

You’ve probably heard of Gorilla glue even if you haven’t used it before. This product of theirs remains true to their reputation since it’s a versatile and incredibly strong glue that will last through almost anything.

It also doesn't take too long to dry up even though it's not instant – you will have your shoes fixed in less than 30 minutes. Once it's dry, the glue will be flexible, and it won't crack even if you're active in your shoes.

However, it expands while it dries so make sure to use tiny amounts of glue. It also remains yellow when dry so it will show. It’s too expensive, but for a good reason – it’s one of the best you can find.


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    Incredibly strong and completely safe
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    Usable on almost any material
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    Remains flexible when it dries up
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    Waterproof and resistant to extreme temperatures
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    Dries in less than 30 minutes

​CONS

  • Looks ugly when it dries up
  • It’s expensive
  • It enlarges when it dries up

Conclusion

With shoe glue, I know it all depends on what you need and what you want to use it for. Still, I do think that one of these products will be better than the others for most users and that is the Gorilla 5002401 glue.

It's definitely one of the best glues around to have in a pinch. While it's not instant, it's more than strong enough to last through almost anything, and it remains flexible. It's also incredibly versatile so you can use it on leather, rubber, latex, wood, fabric, whatever you want. It's completely foam-safe as well.

The old adage that more expensive things are better is not always right, but I think it is in this case. This glue is an excellent investment if you're having problems with your shoes and it will save you a lot of money.

Cindy Herrera
 

I’m Cindy, a free-spirited outdoor enthusiast. Since childhood, I was very much exposed to the outdoor environment. Our family frequently goes on weekend camps and my father, who was a skilled hunter, used to teach me and my siblings valuable things about wildlife survival. Now that I’m a married woman with two wonderful kids, it’s hard to keep up with outdoor activities while parenting at the same time… so I made this blog to share the best of my knowledge, experiences, and tips from other bloggers to you, my fellow outdoor enthusiast because merely talking about the outdoors makes me feel closer to it.

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