DIY shoe repair. Fix broken heel. Restore leather shoes.

shoe repair

Easy shoe repair. Fix broken heel.

In this DIY shoe repair video, I made two new heels for a pair of patent leather shoes I bought second hand from my local thrift store for $3. They were cheap because one of the heels was broken (it completely fell off when I got it home). I knew I had to fix them anyway but this changed the complexity of the job.

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How to repair shoes and fix a broken heel

First had to remove the remaining heel. I did this by using a knife to separate it from the shoe and prise it off.

Now, I’m an avid recycler and repurposer so my challenge was to find something in my workshop that I could use to make two new heels. It took me a while but then it came to me… a heavy duty plastic plant pot.

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I cut out a section of the pot and, using the good heel, used it as my template for the two new heels.

I then sanded them down as close as possible. I used contact glue because there wasn’t much for the new heels to adhere to.

Typically shoe heels are held in place by glued in spikes. Anyway, my plastic plant concept worked!

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I was worried the plastic would be a bit slippery so stuck on some felt buttons I had lying around. These will probably wear off and I’ll have to come up with a better, long term solution.

Once the glue had set overnight, I gave them a good clean and polish and they’re like new.

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clothes care

Why caring for our clothes, shoes and bags is important.

Clothing care, including shoes, bags and accessories, has many advantages:

  • ensures clothes last longer
  • keeps them looking great (and you too)
  • ensures they keep functioning as they should over time
  • reduces waste, keeping clothes out of landfill
  • saves money, reducing the need to buy more clothes
  • discourages fast fashion – one of the biggest global polluters


Clothing care increases durability

Proper clothing care ensures that garments, shoes, bags and accessories maintain their quality for longer.

This involves following care instructions on labels, using gentle washing cycles, air drying when possible, and storing clothes correctly. For instance, delicate fabrics like silk or wool require special handling to prevent damage. By paying attention to care instruction labels, storing clothes correctly, repairing and mending them, ensures your clothes stay in good condition for many years – even decades.

Caring for your clothes means you can enjoy them for longer, reducing the need for premature replacement.

Caring for our clothes reduces waste

The fashion industry is one of the largest polluters globally, with significant environmental impacts from production to disposal.

Fast fashion, in particular, encourages a cycle of rapid consumption and disposal, leading to massive amounts of textile waste in landfills.

When we extend the lifespan of our clothes through proper care, we can drastically reduce the volume of waste generated and the demand for new clothing production.

Ethical and sustainable

Caring for clothes aligns with the growing movement of supporting ethical and sustainable fashion.

By making a conscious effort to to maintain, mend and repair, rather than discard and buy new, we contribute to a shift towards more responsible consumer habits.

Clothing care equates to significant financial savings

Investing time in clothing care will equate to significant financial savings – now and in the long term.

By prolonging the life of our clothes, shoes and accessories,  we reduce the need to buy more clothes more often.

Mending clothes and repairing accessories can be less expensive than replacing with something new.

Over time, the money saved by not having to replace clothes frequently can be substantial – great for your hip pocket (and the environment).

Image and style

Well-maintained clothes and accessories convey a more polished, professional look, attributing to your personal style and how we are perceived by others.

Without doubt, looking good makes us feel better and boosts confidence.

Appreciating the designers and craftspeople

Caring for our clothes fosters a deeper appreciation for the sewers, tailors, designers and craftspeople who make our clothing and accessories, supporting a more thoughtful approach to the clothes we wear.