Repair shoes with Sugru – before and after

“Sugru” seems to have arrived on the scene at an especially appropriate time in that it taps into people’s rediscovered willingness to fix, to recycle or ‘upcycle’ items and thereby give them a second life. If you’re not familiar with the product, Sugru calls itself a “mouldable glue” and aims at becoming a solution to fixing all kinds of household items, and more. This aspiring to universality is somewhat akin to the way the lubricant WD40 has come to be used, i.e. for pretty much anything – incidentally, both products feature “fan content” pages on their websites: see what converts have posted about WD40 and Sugru.

The product comes in a selection of playdough colours in tiny packages – the latter presumably a result of the fact that as soon as it comes into contact with air it begins to turn to rubber. In this post I cover how to repair shoes with Sugru…

Repair shoes with Sugru

“Playdough colours”.

Before we get started, here’s how I’ve used it on a few occasions in the past:

  • to strengthen an old style iPod cable that was about to fall apart – it worked but cracked a little because I tried bending it before the product had had its recommended drying time of 24 hours
  • as a door stop on the handle of a door that had been repeatedly smashed into a wall – my 2-year old found it and picked it right off again (so you see that my concerns with cork clad chairs and tables were not totally unfounded)
  • to fix a cracked Perspex tray in the bottom of my fridge and
  • to re-attach a piece of plate glass that dropped out of my glasshouse door and miraculously didn’t smash.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I can’t decide whether the manufacturers have created a need or addressed one; either way, within 24 hours of exposure to Sugru I had become rubber in their hands…[/pullquote]

The first three occasions were, I now realise, a direct result of me browsing those fan content pages and seeing how others had used the product. I can’t decide whether the manufacturers have created a need or addressed one; either way, within 24 hours of exposure to Sugru I had become rubber in their hands…

Onto the shoes… I can’t remember if I have seen others perform the following fix (I’m sure it’s been done before), but I tried using Sugru to cover the scuffed toes of my toddler’s shoes. By the way, have you ever noticed a subtle gender discrimination by shoemakers whereby boys’ shoes for toddlers have robust, rubber-protected toes while girls’ ones have just bare leather on the toes exposing the thin skin? Well, I have.

Anyway, here’s how I got on in my attempt to repair shoes with Sugru:

Repair shoes with Sugru – before & after

First clean the shoes of any dirt and allow them to dry. It’s important that surfaces be dry to start with as moisture could affect the sticking power of your toxic playdough. After that, apply the Sugru in a colour of your choice, mould it with your fingers and when you’re happy, leave to dry.

Repair shoes with Sugru


Repair shoes with Sugru

… and after!

Repair shoes with Sugru

After – close up.

A definite improvement, event if they are now slightly reminiscent of clown shoes (but that’s OK for a 2-year-old right?).

Let’s see how long it lasts…