How to Fix Peeling Shoe Lining?

Last Updated on June 17, 2022 by Ecorf

If you love to rock your shoes for a long time (like me), you will occasionally have to deal with a peeling shoe lining. So what do you do? 

Do you throw your shoes away? 

I decided to save myself the cost since I hate to go shopping, and I live minimally. I don’t mean to say that I am a scrooge, but why to spend much on a shoe, when with a minor repair, I can get my old shoes (that I love so much) looking as good as new. 

So I decided to share with you my simple technique on how to fix your peeling shoe lining. In the end, I will throw in some tips on how to keep your shoes looking brand new always. 

How to Fix Peeling Shoe Lining?

You can take a different approach depending on the type of shoe, but all you need to do is to figure out a way to mend them. I mostly wear low sneakers, like Vans, and Allstars, so with cotton fabric or faux leather, and some water-based gum, I can get the linings of my shoe looking good in less than 10 minutes. 

So before I give you my solution, I will like you to work out a personal remedy using the guide below. 


What type of Shoe Are You Looking to Fix? 

The type of shoe you want to fix will depend on the approach you take. For running shoes, you would want to sew the fabric on so it doesn’t come off every time you go for a run. Summer boots will also need a different approach. You can buy insoles and use them to pad a flat-soled shoe, so it doesn’t feel like you are walking bare-footed. 

Choose a Heavy Fabric 

You must use a padding material that is heavy enough to provide enough resistance when you walk. What I do is to get a piece of denim, and rip it into small pieces, and stitch them together. You want to ensure that you sew the materials tightly if you want them to stay on for long. 

Remember that you will be walking in those shoes, and if you roam about like me, you want to get it right. Don’t you?  

Method of Attachment

You want to also decide on how you are going to attach the fabric to your shoe. Most times, a liquid base glue won’t always be a long-lasting solution, so you want to brainstorm other ways to get it done. 

Masking tape is also a good idea for shoes you occasionally wear. You can take a paper tape and use it to attach the material. 

How to Fix Peeling Shoe Lining

You may also want to consider sewing the fabric to the shoe. You can easily do this with a needle and thread (that is assuming you know how to use one), but if you don’t, it is not all that difficult. All you have to do is to thread and then loop. 

How I Fix My Peeling Shoe Lining

Now that I have shared with you an insight into adopting your approach, we can now talk about how i fix my torn shoe lining. 

What you Need

Depending on the approach you take, here is a list of materials you need to get the job done. 

  • Heavy-fabric (Cotton, leather)
  • Water-based gum 
  • Needles
  • Thread
  • Paper/masking tapes
  • Scissors
  • Cardboards
  • Nails
  • Hammer



  • I begin by cutting out a piece of denim material and trim them into tiny pieces, like a compressible ball. I use the hammer to beat it into shape, and then stick them together with the needle and thread. I do this so as the materials can be heavy enough to resist the impact on it when I move around. 
  • Once I am satisfied with the thickness and tightness of the material, I use the masking tape to attach it to my flat shoes, so I can quickly sneak out of the house. If I have the time, I can spare a few minutes and either make use of the water-based gum or sew it on with the needle and thread. (You will have to decide on which method to choose). 
  • If you are going to be fixing your boots, and don’t want to splash out on new insoles, you can decide to use your scissors and cut the cardboard or carton into the shape of your sole. With the scissors still, trim out a piece of fabric material, and use the water-based gum to attach the fabric to the cut-out sole. Place it in your boots and see if they are comfortable enough. You can make adjustments by adding an extra layer of cardboard or carton, depending on the thickness you require. 
  • For areas that attach close to your heel, you can make use of cotton balls or cut out wool, and use a water-based gum to attach it to your shoe. 
  • You can also mend areas around the heels, inside your shoe, with tacking nails. It is easy to do once you know how to use a hammer. 

Quick Tips for Long Lasting Shoes

With simple shoe maintenance tips, you can get your shoes to last longer and look new all the time. Here are some quick tips to help you. 

  • Keep them off the floor 
  • Sort them accordingly
  • Use shoe bins/baskets
  • Keep boots upright 
  • Clean them often 
  • Use candle wax to water-proof them 
  • Polish and vinegar works on leather boots 
  • Talcum powder, dry brush, and dry-towel suede shoes. 
  • Dry them when they get wet 
  • Wear socks, and don’t forget to air them out after a long day, before taking it indoors. 


Final Note 

You don’t have to throw your favorite shoe away if they are still looking good. If the only problem is a peeling shoe lining, you can fix it by applying a bit of critical thinking or following the method above. 

You can mend them and give them out instead of throwing them away. There are several organizations in your locality you can contact to give your old shoes.