How to Repair High Heel Shoes at Home

 High heel shoes are a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. They are stylish, versatile, and can make any outfit look good. However, wearing high heels can take a toll on the shoes, and they may start to show signs of wear and tear. This can be frustrating, especially if you’re not ready to let go of your favorite pair of heels just yet. But don’t worry, with a few simple steps, you can repair high heel shoes at home and make them look as good as new.

High Heel Shoe Repair

Tools You’ll Need:

Before you get started, make sure you have the following tools:

  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Replacement heel tips
  • Leather or fabric paint (optional)

Step 1: Remove Old Heel Tips

The first step in repairing your high heel shoes is to remove the old heel tips. Use a pair of pliers to carefully remove the old tips. Be sure not to damage the heel in the process.

Step 2: Sand the Heel

Once you’ve removed the old heel tips, use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges on the heel. This will help the new heel tips adhere better to the shoe.

Step 3: Apply Glue

Apply a small amount of glue to the base of the new heel tip. Then, carefully press the new tip onto the heel. Hold it in place for a few seconds until the glue has set.

Step 4: Trim Excess

Use scissors to trim any excess glue or rubber from the heel tip. This will give the shoe a clean, polished look.

Step 5: Paint (Optional)

If your shoes have scuffs or scratches, you can use leather or fabric paint to touch them up. Apply the paint with a small brush, and let it dry completely before wearing the shoes.

Pros and Cons of Repairing High Heel Shoes at Home

Save money on shoe repairsMay not be as durable as professional repairs
Convenient – no need to take shoes to a cobblerRequires some skill and the right tools
Ability to customize shoes with paint or embellishmentsMay not work for all types of shoe damage


Q: Can I repair any type of high heel shoe at home?

A: While many types of high heel shoes can be repaired at home, some may require professional repairs. If you’re not sure, it’s best to take your shoes to a cobbler.

Q: How long will the repairs last?

A: The durability of the repairs will depend on the quality of the materials used and the skill of the person doing the repairs. With proper care, the repairs can last for several months or even years.

Q: Can I use regular glue to repair my high heel shoes?

A: No, regular glue may not be strong enough to hold the shoe together. It’s best to use a glue specifically designed for shoe repairs.

Q: Is it cheaper to repair high heel shoes at home or take them to a cobbler?

A: Repairing high heel shoes at home can be cheaper than taking them to a cobbler. However, if the damage is extensive, it may be more cost-effective to take them to a professional.