Freesole Vs Shoe Goo

Spending money on new shoes that were extremely expensive to start isn’t something you want to do until great sales role around, perhaps when the shoes are out-of-season.

When you have a favorite pair of hiking boots or running shoes, for example, you want to get as much life out of them as you can. For a few dollars, you can extend the life of your shoes a bit longer until you can get the next pair.

Freesole Gear Aid is one shoe repair product that is available on the market, and one of its competitors is Shoe Goo. Each one has its pros and cons, and, depending on your specific type of shoe, what you use it for, your budget, etc., you’re going to prefer one over the other.

We break down some of the more important characteristics of each below to help you make the right choice. As you consider each, think about your shoes, what is wrong with them, how you use them, and whether you’re planning to purchase shoes to replace them soon or if you just want to significantly lengthen their life.

 Freesole Gear Aid
Our Best Pick
Shoe Goo
Price Check Current Price Check Current Price
Number of Applications2multiple
Drying TimeAt least 24 hoursProbably fewer than 24 hours
QualityBest for outdoors, generally good qualityBetter for dry environments, good for rubber repair, needs more applications
PricingGenerally more expensiveGenerally less expensive

How Many Applications

Freesole Gear Aid is probably good for just two applications, according to users, as its tube contains just one ounce. It has been reported to dry after the first application so that you can’t take the lid off but have to tear the base of the tube to use it on another pair of shoes.

Shoe Goo is reported to be able to be used multiple times (3.7-oz. tube), and one user has suggested putting Vaseline on the lid to keep it from drying shut. This trick might be tried on the Freesole Gear Aid tube as well.

Drying Time

Be prepared to give Freesole Gear Aid at least 24 hours to dry –perhaps longer–, say some users, although vendors say it can dry in as few as two hours.

Shoe Goo hasn’t been reported to have drying times nearly as long as Free Sole Gear Aid, so that is an important factor in which product you choose.

If your circumstances require you to have your shoes right away, you may not be able to wait for the Freesole Gear Aid’s drying time. Shoe Goo may be the way to go in that kind of situation.


Freesole Gear Aid is a urethane product, said to cure to a flexible thermoset rubber that adheres really well, is wear-resistant, is flexible and waterproof. It also has minimal shrinkage, so you can make thick repairs with just one permanent application.

Vendors say it is good for tennis shoes, hiking boots, climbing shoes, skateboard shoes, rollerblades, and more. You can also use it to rebuild heels and toes that have worn down.

A couple of downsides users have reported include its being messy to apply, needing to apply it on a level surface with protection under the shoe, It has a reputation for lasting longer than many other similar products on the market.

You can use it in cold or hot temperatures, and has great abrasion resistance, so it’s good for outdoor use. You can also use it to repair vinyl furniture, rain gear, and to fix gloves.

Another use is to use it to increase shock absorption on your shoe soles. It can help extend the life of your shoes or boots as well.

Shoe Goo is recommended as an excellent sealant for small holes. It can create extra traction, making it something that can also be used on skateboards.

It bonds, protects, and rebuilds to create a permanent repair, and it’s good for leather, vinyl, rubber, or canvas. It is great for repairing rubber boots or work boots. It’s specifically created to repair shoes.

When it dries, it is a great protective coating for leather, vinyl, canvas, or rubber. The rubber is flexible, durable, and waterproof, but it’s best used in dry weather.

Some users have felt that the quality of Shoe Goo isn’t quite what they were hoping for and that they would have to keep reapplying the product. They have also suggested it might be best for flat shoes with flexible rubber soles and not on stiffer boots.


Depending on the vendor, the price of this product can vary significantly, although, you will likely end up paying more per ounce for Free Sole Gear Aid than Shoe Goo.

Final Verdict

For its versatility for indoor and outdoor weather, and to be used on multiple items besides shoes, Free Sole Gear Aid, while likely more expensive, is the product that is likely to help extend the life of your shoes more so than Shoe Goo.

While both have their pros for specific purposes, Free Sole Gear Aid is likely the better choice for most applications. That it is well-known for being of high quality for outdoor applications is important if you’re planning to use it for hiking boots or your trail running shoes.

Think about how you use your shoes and what you expect to get out of the life of the shoe before you replace it before you purchase either product. That will help you determine which, if either, you want to buy.


Chief editor here at Sky-Liners, Breana is a former expat and outdoor enthusiast who grew up on camping, hunting, and hiking. If she could live anywhere, it would be a tree fort in the woods. For now, she's surviving on weekly hiking trips and monthly mountain breaks. You can read more about Breana's adventures on her blog at 3rdCultureWife.

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