How to Repair Your Rubber Boots

Rubber boots are popular among outdoor enthusiasts and hunters because they are durable, water-resistant, and comfortable. However, with frequent use, they will eventually wear out or get tears. This article will teach you how to repair rubber hunting boots to make them last longer.

Fixing Cracks

Cracks allow water to seep into the boot, making them uncomfortable to wear. Rather than replacing them, you can try filling the gap with waterproof glue. First, clean and dry the boot. Next, pinch open the crack, apply silicon glue, and press the two sides together. 

You can use a clamp to hold the sides together and leave it on for 24 hours for the glue to cure. After 24 hours, test if the boot is waterproof by submerging it in water for a few minutes. If the boot’s interior is wet, look for more cracks, and apply glue.

Fixing Holes

If your rubber boots have small holes, you can fix them using rubber cement and an adhesive patch. First, clean and dry the boot, then apply rubber cement to the spot. Next, apply glue to the adhesive patch and wait for 5 minutes. Then place the patch on the hole and allow the glue to cure overnight. 

If the hole is too big, you can repair it using a rubber patch. First, measure the size of the hole, then cut a piece of rubber patch slightly larger than the hole you want to repair. Apply adhesive glue on the patch, press it onto the boot, and allow the glue to dry. 

Wait for at least 48 hours before you wear the boots. You can also place a weight on the repaired area so the patch adheres well to the rubber boot. Alternatively, you can sew the patch onto the rubber boot.

Stretching Rubber Shoes

If the shoes are too snug, try stretching them using ice. Take a Ziploc bag, fill it with water until half full, and place it in the shoe. Ensure you tuck the bag as close to the toe area as possible, place the shoes in the freezer overnight, and remove the block of ice.

Alternatively, you can heat the boot to stretch it. Put on a thick pair of socks, then wear the boot. Next, use a hair dryer to heat the boot, especially on tight areas like the toes or heels. Keep heating them until they loosen up and become comfortable.

Go to a Cobbler

If you fear that trying to fix your favorite pair of rubber hunting shoes will cause more damage, then it is advisable to take them to a cobbler. The cobbler will know the best way to repair the boots at a small fee. However, if it is not possible to fix them, then it is best if you buy a new pair.


Rubber hunting boots can develop tears, cracks, and holes. Before you throw them out, try to repair them with the methods in this article. If it is impossible, take them to a cobbler or buy new ones.

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