Repair Canvas Shoes

Canvas shoes are not just comfortable and fashionable, but they are also affordable. Nevertheless, these shoes may experience wear and tear over time due to their fabric material. But do not fret – you do not have to discard your cherished canvas shoes just yet. By utilizing a few straightforward techniques and suggestions, you can revive your canvas shoes. This handbook will lead you through the process of fixing your canvas shoes.

Materials Needed:

  • Canvas shoe adhesive or fabric glue
  • An old toothbrush
  • A piece of canvas matching your shoe color
  • Scissors
  • Clamps or heavy books for pressure

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Clean Your Shoes

Before you start repairing your shoes, make sure they are clean. A clean surface allows the glue to adhere better, ensuring a strong bond. Use an old toothbrush to brush off any dirt or debris from the shoes. If the shoes are very dirty, you might want to clean them with a mild detergent and let them dry completely.

Step 2: Cut the Canvas Patch

Measure the area of the shoe that needs repairing and cut out a piece of canvas that’s a bit larger than that area. It’s always better to have a larger patch as you can trim the excess once it’s glued in place.

Step 3: Apply the Glue

Using the canvas shoe adhesive or fabric glue, apply a liberal amount of glue to the damaged area. Make sure to cover the entire area with glue.

Step 4: Attach the Patch

Place the canvas patch over the glued area and press it down. Use clamps or heavy books to apply pressure on the patch. This will help the canvas patch adhere better to the shoe.

Step 5: Let it Dry

Allow the glue to dry completely before wearing the shoes. This could take several hours, or even overnight, depending on the glue you’re using. Always check the label of the adhesive for the advised drying time.

Step 6: Trim the Excess Canvas

Once the glue is completely dry, trim any excess canvas from around the patch using scissors. Be careful not to cut into the shoe itself.


With these easy steps, you can breathe new life into your old canvas shoes and continue wearing them for many more seasons. Remember to always clean your shoes regularly to prevent any permanent stains or damage. Happy repairing!