Shoe Repair FAQ

How to Fix Peeling Shoe Lining

Last Updated on November 2, 2022 by Nicholas

The shoe lining is one of the major parts of your footwear that ensures comfort and stability. Once the shoe lining starts peeling, it can indicate an issue with the shoe itself. You can fix peeling shoe lining with glue, tape or needle and thread. A peeling shoe lining can be due to the wearing off of the glue, the stitching starting to rot, or constant rubbing and friction leading to tearing. No matter the reason, knowing how to fix this problem is important to make your shoes usable if not good as new.

How to fix peeling shoe lining

Peeling shoe lining can be fixed by reattaching the lining with a hot glue gun, or by using a needle and waterproof threading like nylon or synthetic material to ensure the longevity of your repairs. If this is not available, then a simple remedy like a duct tape, scissors, and an adhesive glue should do the trick until you can have it properly fixed by a professional.

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How to fix peeling shoe lining with a hot glue gun?

A hot glue gun can be used to fix peeling shoe lining on your footwear. First, gently remove the lining by pulling with your hands or using a knife to scrape out the portions that need to be fixed. Use your glue gun to apply the adhesive to the base of the inner sole of your shoes before placing the scraped off shoe lining again.

It’s best to apply hard hand pressure for a couple of minutes on the sections that need fixing so the entire lining can attach nicely and firmly to the base of your shoes.

What are other glues I can use to fix peeling shoe lining?

Superglue, epoxy glue, or gorilla glue are safe to use to fix your peeling shoe lining problems. Super glue can be used to repair almost anything and a peeling shoe lining is also one of them. Epoxy glue meanwhile dries quickly and bonds to most surfaces but doesn’t adhere to fabrics well, so proper attention is needed if you’re using this type.

On the other hand, gorilla glue almost instantly sticks so it’s safe for fixing peeling shoe lining. However, using too much gorilla glue is not recommended as the excess may seep out and damage the material so if needed, apply conservatively.

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How do you fix peeling shoe lining using a needle and thread?

Using a needle and thread is another home remedy you can do to fix your peeling shoe lining in a quick and efficient manner. For this method, it’s recommended to use a thread that will last long such as nylon threads or any synthetic thread with waterproof qualities. This is to provide a peeling shoe lining with long-lasting life.

Gently remove the shoe lining where peeling has occurred by using a knife to scrape the parts off. Place the peeled shoe lining on a piece of cardboard and iron it to smoothen it, then cut the cardboard in the shape of the old lining. After that, select two types of fabric for the footbed and another for cushioning. Place the two materials on the cardboard cutout and cut them into shape.

Apply the glue on both the inner sides to attach them. Once that’s done, sew the sides normally with the bottom part of the shoe using your thread and needle to secure the peeling shoe lining.

How do you fix peeling shoe linings with duct tape?

To fix the peeling shoe lining with duct tape, you’ll need other materials such as scissors and adhesive glue. Before trying out this trick, you should consider if you can fix the shoe by yourself. If you’re not confident, it’s best to have it handled by a professional as you can do more harm than good.

Otherwise, start by cleaning up any loose bits of the lining and removing any debris around them. After that, you can apply a patch on top of where the peeling occurred by sticking it with adhesive glue or tape.

It’s important to remember that applying a patch is only a temporary fix until you can bring it to a professional like a cobbler or a shoemaker’s shop. In addition, it’s also not recommended to walk around while the adhesive has just been applied as it won’t be able to cure as quickly and may also peel off if pressure is applied along the way.

How do you prevent peeling shoe lining in the first place?

Peeling shoe lining is not an issue for a new pair of shoes. If you have an older pair of footwear, however, it’s best not to wear it for extended periods as an older shoe will definitely peel off quicker than if worn once a week or so only.

For new pairs of shoes, keeping them clean by brushing off dirt with water is recommended to ensure longevity from the usual wear and tear. Wearing socks or shoe inserts also protects the integrity of your shoe lining while also protecting you from unwanted injuries. If your shoes are fitted with leather soles, it’s best to apply special treatments to keep them waterproofed for longer periods.

Why do shoes peel even when not in use?

Shoe lining peels even in storage as most footwear are made of materials treated with chemicals. The chemicals cause the materials to shed over time, which leads to peeling. To mitigate this problem, keep your shoes away from heat or direct sunlight to reduce the acceleration of the shedding process. Storing it in a cool, dry, and sealed container is essential to lengthen the life of your footwear.

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Fixing your peeling shoe lining is essential to lengthen the overall life of your footwear. This saves you a lot of money in the long run. If a temporary fix is required, it’s recommended to bring your pair to a professional like a cobbler or a shoe store to have your shoes checked as fixing it yourself can do more harm than good if you don’t know what you’re doing.

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