Is Shoe Goo Permanent?

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As a teenager who liked to play with my skateboard, I always had problems with how it can quickly damage my skate shoes. I still couldn’t afford to buy shoes then since I had no job and my parents had priorities.

I remember I used to put duct tape to add more protection from my skateboard’s grip tape or to seal up the hole, but it wasn’t that effective until my fellow skaters told me about Shoe Goo.

Shoe Goo is a permanent adhesive that can only be removed if you scrape or cut it with scissors. You don’t have to worry about whether it is snowing or raining outside because, unlike traditional adhesives, this one will remain undamaged because of its water-proof nature. 

Applying Shoe Goo is really easy, you just have to follow a few easy tricks that I will be sharing with you for you to repair your broken soles. I will also have a further discussion about the pros and cons of Shoe Goo and how it might help you with your shoes.

What Is Shoe Goo And How Permanent Is It?

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Shoe Goo is an adhesive sealant that many people use as a permanent solution to fix their shoes. Because it can bond with any part of your shoe it works great to fix holes in the sole and the upper of your shoe.

In addition, people buy Shoe Goo to help them fix all sorts of other items in their home. You can use it on plastic, such as a broken toy. It can glue together wood as well. Other materials it can be used with are glass, metal, and fabrics.

it is a low-cost solution for a pliable adhesive that reminds most people of the rubber, such as shoe soles. This permanent solution is popular for skaters and many people who want to increase their shoe life span. It can fix holes, bond soles to your shoe, and help with waterproofing your shoe.

Skateboarders use Shoe Goo on their skate shoes for more added protection from the rough sand-paper textured grip tape.

The best part of Shoe Goo is that it bond with your shoe. It only comes off when you intentionally sand it or cut it with scissors. It is a long-lasting remedy and money-saving at the same time.

What Is Shoe Goo Made Of?

Shoe Goo is a permanent repair to all types of footwear. It is specially designed with the combinations of Styrene-butadiene, synthetic rubber with super-strong abrasion resistance. Toluene; Solvent naphtha, a cleaning/degreasing solvent.

The gooey glue that comes from the tube eventually dries to create a solid rubber material that is strong enough to fix your good old favorite pair of shoes.

Shoe Goo: Best Choice For Fixing Worn Out Shoes

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The best thing about Shoe Goo is that it is a strong abrasion-resistant material and has good adhesions to most objects. It is also very flexible, like rubber, so that’s why it is so widely used on shoe soles. Its resistance to water or any moisture makes it the best choice for fixing almost any shoe.

It feels soft, toothpaste-like, and gooey unlike other types of thin runny glues/adhesives. This consistency helps it to flex, fill, and absorb into shoe parts without going where it’s not wanted. It is a great product to use to eliminate holes, tears, and it doesn’t come off that easily compared to other kinds of glues available in the market.

If you have a tube at home and suddenly something breaks, you might just have the solution you need because shoe goo is so universally useful on almost any material. Some people even use it on metal or concrete to bond or fill in cracks.

It is considered the most versatile and effective adhesive. Based on my experience one tube can last up to 1 and a half years depending on how much of a frequent user are you. The clear formula has been the top pick among consumers because the substance can be nearly invisible when it dries.

Read this article for more shoe goo uses.

How To Properly Apply Shoe Goo

Step By Step Safety Guidelines To Use Shoe Goo

It is important to follow safety guidelines when applying Shoe Goo on any surfaces that you would want to fix it with.

  • The first thing to remember is that Shoe Goo can be toxic if ingested so avoid putting it in a place where it is reachable by children or animals.
  • It should be used in a well-ventilated room to avoid breathing the fumes while it is drying. In case of accidental ingestions go to your nearest Emergency Room for immediate medical response.
  • Remember to keep the surface your applying it to clean and dry. Make sure that it is free from dust particles.
  • Puncture seal at the mouth of the tube using the tip of the cap.

For Holes

For big holes, you can put duct tape behind where the hole is so it keeps the Shoe Goo from going through the shoe and gives it something to bind to. It will also prevent it from making an indent. Put a generous amount of Shoe Goo on the area, spread it out, and smooth it with an ice cube or spreading tool if no ice is available.

For Waterproofing And Protection

Put a thin layer of it on the surface where you want your shoe to be protected and smooth it with a disposable tool or I would highly recommend using ice cubes.

For Fixing Separated Soles

Ice cubes are important to use because it does not stick to the glue so it can smooth out the glue’s surface and it avoids causing a mess on your fingers.

Make sure that everything is cleaned and try before putting it on. Make sure to spread it smooth and even to avoid uncomfortable bumps when it dries. For hard-to-reach surfaces of your soles, you can use a slotted screwdriver or any tool with a flat tip for the glue to spread evenly.

Reminders for better and long-lasting effectiveness.

To build a thick coating you would have to wait until it sets from 3-4 hours before putting on the next layer. This helps each layer firm up.

After you finish coating, you will have to cure it for about 24 hours, depending on the materials and temperature, maximum strength may not be reached for 48 to 72 hours.

Clean uncured adhesives with acetone or any citrus-based solvents and for cured materials you may have to cut or scrape in able to completely remove them.

Store it in a safe and where there are no flammable items.

TIP: For future easy cap removal you may have to put petroleum jelly on the thread of the tube to help the cap remove easily next time.


If you noticed that the layer of Shoe Goo on your sole is getting thinner over time you may add another thin layer on top and let it cure for 24 hours before using your shoes again. Make sure to store your Shoe Goo in a room with temperatures between -40 to 180 ºF (-40 to 82 ºC).

Read this article for more information on leather shoe maintenance.

Pros And Cons Of Shoe Goo


  • Waterproof
  • Strong bond
  • Easy to use
  • Cannot be removed unless intentionally
  • Specially crafted for long-lasting remedy


  • Kind of messy to use
  • It can possibly take 24-72 hours to be fully cured


Based on my experience, Shoe Goo, so far, is the best adhesive to use when fixing your shoes. The versatility of it and how much money you can save from buying it instead of different products that don’t work.

Besides shoes, you can also use them for many household fixes. The convenience and the effectiveness of it is the reason why it is considered as the # 1 adhesive glue yet.

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