shoe goo repair

skate shoe repair with shoe goo

Shoe Goo is a very versatile and strong adhesive that has become very popular to repair torn toe caps, worn-out soles or damaged heels of skate shoes. Clear and black skate shoe goo is available in most skateshops.

You should protect skate shoes by applying skate shoe goo to the most stressed shoe areas (like ollie panels) BEFORE they wear through completely!

Try to fix skate shoes with skate shoe goo in a well ventilated, warm area. The skate shoe area you want to repair should be clean and dry. You should roughen smooth surfaces like rubber soles with a piece of griptape before you shoe goo them. Open a new skate shoe goo tube by puncturing the top seal with the pointer cap. Test a small sample area to ensure a proper application and dry time.


To shoe goo repair a tear apply shoe goo to each surface to be bonded. Wait a few minutes then push the surfaces together. If you want to add another shoe goo layer allow it to dry for 10 minutes. Make sure you put everything in the right place the first time because shoe goo forms an instant bond that is very difficult to reposition.

To shoe goo repair a hole in an outer sole put some tape over the hole from the inside to avoid a bump. Then apply shoe goo from the outside. Remove the tape and smooth all bumps before the shoe goo hardens completely! Unfortunately outer sole repairs don’t last long because the griptape shortly sands of the shoe goo.
To create a really thick wall of shoe goo apply it in thin layers. Allow each shoe goo repair layer to dry for 3 to 4 hours before applying the next one. This works a lot better than trying to deal with a thick goo clot and waiting ages for it to dry.

You can smooth surfaces of your shoe goo repair with an ice cube because this won’t stick to the shoe goo. Let the shoe goo dry and harden for at least 24 hours in a warm place. Store the shoe goo tube with tightened cap in room temperature. To ensure later easy cap removal, you can coat the threads of the tube with petroleum jelly before replacing the cap.

HOW TO REMOVE SHOE GOO (if it got somewhere you don’t want it)
To remove uncured shoe goo rub a rag dampened with acetone and paint thinner over the adhesive. Wait a few minutes until the shoe goo has fully absorbed the acetone then rub it off with a paper towel.
Cured shoe goo can be gently scraped off with a paint scraper. Any remaining adhesive can then be cut off with a fine razor blade.