You don't need Elves to fix yo' Shoes😝

A couple of weeks ago my favourite shoes in the whole widest world fell apart 😩😩😩

The innersoles came out and one of them has a massive hole in it! Come to think of it... I have had these bad boys for about 3 years now and almost wear them everyday! And YES they get a little stinky.

Determined to fix them I pulled my studio apart to see if I had everything I needed. And lucky the Universe had my back 🎉

This is what I found. And what you’ll need if you wanna do this at home:

  1. Nice piece of thick board (2 mm)for the base of the innersole
  2. Craft foam to make the innersole nice and comfy
  3. Thin Rubber Mat (2 mm) I picked up at the Green Shed (Note: This is optional will explain further down  )
  4. Thrifted pillowcase from my local op shop. To cover the innersole
  5. Eco Glue. You want something strong enough that won’t come apart easily
  6. Sharp scissors. You’ll need to cut through the thick board and rubber mat.

Why I’m using the rubber Mat

After giving my broken shoes a wash I gave them a good inspection. And discovered a weak spot in the heels. I’m pre-empting holes in the bottom of the shoe so the rubber mat is going to be more of a prevention than a cure. I will have to come up with a plan to re-sole the entire shoe eventually.

A little bit about the glue I’m using.

Auro Contact Glue from Buy Eco Green. Is water based,  solvent free, made with natural raw materials and is pretty strong!

Normally I’d make my own glue with cornstarch and water. You know the stuff you made paper mâché with as a kid. But I needed something stronger.⠀

After a bit of research I found a recipe but was missing some crucial ingredients. It’s on the list to test so will report back.

So I decided to try this eco friendly option. Just a pity that I can’t refill it 🙁

Note: Depending on the glue you choose to use it may take a little while to dry. Make sure the glue is 100% dry before moving on to the next step for this DIY.

Step 1:

Trace out  innersoles. I’m using the old ones as a template to get the perfect shape

Cut a right and left out of:

  • Thick Board
  • Craft foam
  • Thin Rubber Mat (if needed)

Step 2:

Cut Fabric to cover innersoles.

The fun thing about fixing your stuff is you can get creative and make your stuff more you 😉

For this step I’m using a pillowcase I found in my local thrift store.


Step 3:

With all my pieces cut out it’s time to glue everything together!

First, stick the craft foam to the thick board.

Then the foam to the fabric. You want the thick board to be at the bottom. Wrap the excess fabric over the edge and stick that down to the thick board. And you should have something that looks like this

Step 4 (optional):

Now that we’ve wrapped up the innersoles like a present. It’s time to glue them to the rubber mat. If you doing this at home remember this step is optional.


Step 5:

Last and final step is to insert the innersoles into the shoe. So usually I’d glue the innersole to the shoe. So they don’t come out easy. But I lucked out and didn’t have to fiddle with the glue. The rubber mat made it nice and snug so they won’t come out Super duper happy!


Over the last month while I fixed my shoes the hardest part of my day has been deciding what to put on my feet🙄! Talk about 1st world problems. I guess that’s the problem with favourites. You tend to use them to death.