How to Repair Shoe Heels After a Dog Chews Them

A dog may be man's best friend, but it can be an enemy to high-heeled shoes.
A dog may be man's best friend, but it can be an enemy to high-heeled shoes. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Nicks, scrapes and scratches are a common problem for women who wear high-heeled shoes, but dog owners, especially, know all the pain of discovering that their favorite shoes have been nearly destroyed by their canine companions. High heeled shoes, however, can be fixed and brought back to life with the help of a few household items.

Things You'll Need

  • High heel replacement tips
  • Leather glue
  • Nail polish
  • Hairdryer
  • Pliers

Assess the damage to the heel of the shoe. If your dog has bitten into the heel block, you will have to take the shoe to a professional for a replacement. If the dog has simply gnawed at the fabric, it can be fixed at home.

If the damage is superficial, clean the shoe with water and a damp cloth. This will remove any dust, dirt or dog saliva. Dry the heel off.

Wiggle the rubber heel tip free from the shoe with a set of pliers. Moving the tip back and forth will break it free. Throw the chewed tip away.

Glue any nicks or ripped pieces of leather or fabric down using leather glue. Follow the instructions on the package for best results.

Heat the glued area using a hair dryer on a low heat setting to allow the glue to set quickly.

Swipe a bit of nail polish -- the same color as the fabric -- over the repaired areas.

Place a new heel tip on the shoe following the instructions on the heel tip's packaging.

Tips & Warnings

  • For severely damaged shoes, speak to a cobbler for the best course of action.
  • Allow the glue and nail polish to dry overnight before wearing.

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