How to Repair UGG Boots With Gorilla Glue
Yes, you can fix UGG boots with Gorilla Glue! Whether you have genuine UGG boots or one of the quality knockoff brands, such as EMU Australia, BEARPAW, or Ukala, they are probably your favorite boots. In fact, you might love them so much that you have collected several pairs over the years. You might also consider them the warmest, most comfortable boots you’ve ever owned.
Since so many people depend on their UGG boots for warmth, comfort, and fashion, it is surely a shame if you find that your beloved boots are falling apart.
The sole began to separate from my daughter’s newest BEARPAW boots just a month or two after she got them. I studied the way the shoes were put together and considered stitching them up myself, but it was apparent that they were not stitched together to begin with. I could tell they had originally been glued, so I decided to try fixing them myself. My husband is a big fan of Gorilla Glue, and supposedly the stuff will hold just about anything, is waterproof, and lasts forever.
How to Fix UGG Boots With Gorilla Glue
1. Clean the boots.
First, clean the boots where they have separated. Wipe down the upper section and the sole using an old, damp washrag. Lightly scrub both pieces, removing dust, dirt, and debris.
2. Dampen the material where you're gluing.
Next, wet a clean washrag with water and use it to dampen the portion of the suede and the sole that you'll be gluing together. The instructions on the back of the glue bottle say that it works best on dampened surfaces.
3. Remove any loose threads.
Looking into the hole formed by the separation, clear away any loose threads or fuzzy lambswool lining. You will get the best seal if there is nothing but glue between the suede upper and the sole.
4. Use a toothpick (or other applicator) to apply glue.
Get out your toothpick, ice pick, or wooden skewer. Squirt a little glue on the stick and use it to place the glue onto the sole where it meets the upper section. Be careful not to use too little glue, or it won't hold. However, too much glue will make a mess.
Gorilla Glue bubbles and expands as it dries, and it does not dry clear; it dries sort of a brownish-yellow color. If you use too much, it will bubble out from the seams, and you’ll have glue showing on your boots.
5. Wipe away excess glue.
Use the damp rag to wipe off any glue that gets on the sole or suede before it dries. It's a little tough to wipe off, especially as it dries. As you can see from my pictures, I got some glue on the boot I fixed, and it left a little bit of a film. Be careful not to get any glue where it will show. (See the video below for instructions on removing Gorilla Glue.)
How to Remove Gorilla Glue
6. Press the upper section and the sole together.
Carefully press the upper part of the boot to the glue on the sole, positioning it just right so that the upper section and the sole make contact with the glue and with each other. You want to form a good bond. Make sure the suede is smooth and not wrinkled or puckered.
7. Clamp the boot.
Use clips to clamp the glued edges together. I used chip clips and left them in place for 24 hours as the glue dried, hardened, and cured to form a strong bond.
8. Let it dry for 24 hours.
After the glue dries for 24 hours, remove the clips. The UGG should be good as new.
This is the glue I used to fix my daughter's "UGG" boot. I also used it to glue my car's rear windshield wiper back together, and—even with constant pressure—that seal has held for months. I even used it to glue together a cement birdbath that had cracked completely in two at the base, and it worked like a charm.
A Successful Repair for Beloved Boots
My teenage daughter owns several pairs of knockoff “UGGs” in different colors and styles. She loves to wear them to school because they are so warm and cushy; it's like wearing slippers to school. There is nothing like the feeling of your feet sinking into UGG boots’ real sheepskin lining on a cold winter morning.
I like that she loves them, because if it weren’t for her cute “UGG-like” boots, she would wear the same pair of worn-out, holey, lime-green running shoes day after day after day. The boots are stylish, warm, comfortable, and practical.
Oh No, a Hole!
When my daughter's BEARPAW boots came apart at the sole, there was no taking them back, since I'd bought them at a going-out-of-business sale. I was really disappointed because she has another pair of BEARPAW boots that she's worn for years, and they are still going strong. Normally, I have found BEARPAW boots to be of really nice quality for half the price—or less!—of genuine UGG boots.
DIY Saves the Day
I considered having them repaired at a shoe repair shop, but the estimate to fix them was almost as much as the boots cost to begin with. Instead, I glued my daughter's boots back together using the technique shown above, and they were still going strong several months later. Thanks, Gorilla Glue!