Fixing a Boot's Heel

The more you wear your boots, the more likely they are to break at the heel. Though every heel doesn't break, there's always a possibility, so learning how to fix your boot heel can really come in handy. Repairing yours isn't too tough to do once you know how.

A cobbler is working on cowboy boots. (Image: Kraig Scarbinsky/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 1

Ensure that your boot heel is dry and clean.

Step 2

Apply a bit of shoe adhesive to a test surface before adhering any glue to your boots.

Step 3

Apply shoe glue all around the rim of the broken part of your heel.

Step 4

Attach your heel to your boot and gently press down.

Step 5

Allow at least 24 hours to dry. Drying times can vary depending on the material you use and the temperature of the area in which you store your boots. To be safest, wait about 72 hours before wearing your boots.


If you can't find shoe adhesive, a super glue or other strong bonding adhesive will work. You can find these in most convenience and home goods stores.

If you're really in a pinch -- say your heel breaks on the street -- and you need a temporary fix, use chewing gum. Chew the gum, attach it to your broken heel, press down and let it dry for about one hour.


With any DIY project, mistakes may be made. If you're a little wary of fixing your boots at home, take them to a repair shop. You'll have to spend a little extra cash, but you'll have the comfort of knowing your shoes are in good hands.

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