DIY Shoe Repair vs. Professional Repair

Shoes are an essential part of our daily lives, providing comfort, style, and protection. However, like any other item we use regularly, they are bound to wear out over time. When this happens, you might find yourself wondering whether to fix them yourself or take them to a professional. At NJOY, we offer top-notch products like Shoe-Fix Glue and Boot-Fix Glue that can make DIY repairs a breeze. But when is it best to tackle the job yourself, and when should you seek the expertise of a professional? Let’s explore the pros and cons of each option.

DIY Shoe Repair


  1. Cost-Effective: One of the most significant advantages of DIY shoe repair is the cost savings. Professional repairs can be expensive, but with NJOY’s Shoe-Fix Glue and Boot-Fix Glue, you can handle common issues at a fraction of the price.
  2. Convenience: Fixing your shoes at home means no trips to the cobbler. With the right tools and our reliable adhesives, you can repair your shoes anytime, anywhere.
  3. Quick Fixes: Small problems like loose soles, minor tears, and detached heels can be fixed in minutes with our products. No need to wait days or even weeks for a repair shop to return your shoes.
  4. Satisfaction: There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from fixing things yourself. It’s rewarding to know you’ve extended the life of your favorite pair of shoes with your own hands.


  1. Skill Level: While many repairs are simple, some might require a bit of skill and patience. Improper application of glue or incorrect techniques can sometimes cause more harm than good.
  2. Durability: DIY repairs, while effective for many issues, might not always be as durable as professional repairs, especially for severe damage.

Professional Shoe Repair


  1. Expertise: Cobblers have years of experience and specialized tools to handle a wide range of shoe repairs. They can tackle complex issues that might be beyond the scope of DIY.
  2. Durability: Professional repairs often last longer and can restore your shoes to near-original condition. This is particularly true for high-end or specialty shoes.
  3. Comprehensive Service: Professionals can address multiple issues at once, from sole fixes and stitching to conditioning and polishing.


  1. Cost: Professional repairs can be pricey, especially for extensive damage or high-end shoes. Frequent trips to the cobbler can add up over time.
  2. Time: Getting your shoes repaired professionally can take several days or even weeks, depending on the complexity of the repair and the cobbler’s workload.
  3. Inconvenience: Taking your shoes to a repair shop involves travel and time, which can be inconvenient for busy schedules.

When to DIY with NJOY

For common issues like:

  • Detached Soles: Use Shoe-Fix Glue for quick, strong bonding.
  • Loose Heels: Boot-Fix Glue provides a durable fix for this frequent problem.
  • Minor Tears: Both our glues can handle small cosmetic repairs with ease.

These repairs are straightforward and can be done at home with our easy-to-use products. NJOY’s Shoe-Fix Glue and Boot-Fix Glue are designed to provide professional-quality results without the need for special skills or equipment.

When to Seek Professional Help

For more severe issues such as:

  • Severe Structural Damage: Cracked soles, broken heels, or extensive tearing  of the seams may require professional tools and expertise.
  • High-End or Specialty Shoes: For luxury or specialty shoes, you might prefer the assurance of a professional repair to maintain the shoe’s value and integrity.
  • Multiple Complex Repairs: When several issues need addressing simultaneously, a professional can ensure a comprehensive and cohesive repair.

Both DIY and professional shoe repairs have their place. With NJOY’s Shoe-Fix Glue and Boot-Fix Glue, you can confidently handle many common repairs at home, saving time and money. However, for more complex issues, seeking the expertise of a professional is often the best course of action. By understanding the pros and cons of each approach, you can make an informed decision and keep your shoes in great condition for years to come. Happy repairing!

Back to blog