How to Fix Uggs With Gorilla Glue
Yes, you can fix Ugg boots with Gorilla Glue! Whether you have genuine Ugg boots or one of the quality knock-off 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 of them 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 bought them at a going-out-of-business sale, so there was no taking them back. 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. I was really disappointed because she has another pair of Bearpaw boots that she's worn for years, and they are still going strong. I have found Bearpaw boots normally be of really nice quality for half the price—or less!—of genuine Ugg boots.
How to Fix Ugg Boots With Gorilla Glue
- First, clean the portion of the boots that have become separated. Wipe down the upper and the sole using an old, damp washrag and lightly scrub both pieces, removing dust, dirt, and debris.
- Next, wet a clean washrag with plain water and use it to dampen the portion of the suede and the sole that you are going to join together. The instructions on the back of the glue bottle say that it works best on surfaces that have been dampened.
- 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.
- Get out your toothpick 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. You have to be careful not to get glue on the sole where it will show. If you do, wipe it off right away before it dries. Again, it is a little tough to wipe off, especially once it dries. (See video below for instructions on removing Gorilla Glue.)
Be careful not to use so little glue that it doesn't hold, or so much glue that it makes 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.
- Use the damp rag to wipe up any glue that gets on the sole. As you can see from my pictures, I got some on the boot I fixed and it left a little bit of a film, so be careful about getting this glue where anyone can see it.
- Carefully press the upper to the glue on the sole, positioning it just right so that the upper 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.
- 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.
- After the glue dries for 24 hours, remove the clips. The Ugg should be good as new.
My teenage daughter owns several pairs of knock-off “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 feel 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 hideous, worn-out, holey, lime-green running shoes day after day after day. The boots are stylish, warm, comfortable and practical.
I studied the way the shoes were put together and considered stitching them up myself, but it was apparent 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 it lasts forever. I fixed my daughter's boots a couple of months ago, and they are still going strong. Thanks Gorilla Glue!
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 now. I also used it to glue together a cement birdbath that had cracked completely in two at the base and it worked like a charm.