How To Repair Gumboots

How To Repair Gumboots

As durable as gumboots are, even the best gumboots get well-worn in after years of use! No type of footwear is free of the natural wear and tear that comes with time and usage.

Not only are gumboots durable, weather-resistant, comfortable, and supportive, they are so versatile! We think they are the best shoes for commuting to work, for hiking, or even exploring a city on vacation. Their versatility and protection in harsh conditions make them a popular footwear choice.

So it only stands to reason that the more you wear them, the better you have to take care of them. However, there may be a situation where your boots get damaged due to circumstances outside your control. Maybe a rogue puppy, or the rubber gets punctured somehow. If you come to discover that your favourite pair of gumboots are damaged, how do you repair them?

Our 12-Month Warranty

Merry People offers a twelve-month warranty, so be sure to give us a call to see how we can help you address any damage. We stand behind Merry People products and guarantee them to be free from manufacturing defects for one year from the date of purchase. There is nothing as disappointing as ordering them something online only to find that there is a defect, or they are not performing as promised.

If you feel our product hasn’t met this standard, and your boots are within their warranty period, please contact us on so that our customer support team can assist. Read more about our warranty here.

Assess the Damage

Before you whip out your repair kit, take an initial moment to look over your gumboots. A small crack or hole in the rubber might be more D.I.Y. friendly and easier to mend than extensive damage.

It is worth noting that if the damage is substantial, you might be better off replacing your gumboots altogether or seeking the help of a professional. After all, gumboots are constructed to ensure that they are impermeable, and a faulty repair can make matters worse.

Repairing at Home

If you have decided that the damage isn’t extensive enough to require the help of a professional, there are several methods you can use to mend the problem yourself.

Patching the Damage

Patching is a popular repair method when it comes to holes or cracks in gumboot material. It’s important to note that this method requires knowing what type of material your boots are made of. Your Merry People Bobbi Ankle Boots are made from rubber, with a neoprene interior. We recommend using Sugru, a type of mouldable glue that turns into rubber! Sugru comes in lots of different colours and is really straightforward to use.

How to repair gumboots

Final Thoughts

Some cracks and holes may be too extensive to repair on your own. If that’s the case with your boots, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to find out how we can help.

For extra information on how to keep your gumboots in great condition, be sure to read our latest post on how to dry gumboots.

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