How to Get Gum off Shoe
How to Get Gum off Shoe

Have you ever gone to put your shoes on, only to find a stubborn piece of gum stuck on them? It happens more often than you would think and can be incredibly frustrating.

To make matters worse, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for removing gum from shoes. Depending on the material of your shoe, different techniques may work better than others.

In this blog post, we will explore some of the best ways to get gum off of a shoe and how to prevent it from happening in the first place. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed

To remove gum from a shoe, you will need the following:

  • A dull knife
  • A freezer
  • Gum remover (optional)

First, brush off as much gum as possible with a dull knife. If there is still gum remaining, put the shoe in the freezer for about an hour.

The gum should become hard and brittle, making it easier to remove. If needed, you can also use a commercial gum remover.

The Process

If you’ve ever stepped in gum, you know how difficult it can be to get it off your shoe.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove gum from your shoe:

  • Grab a butter knife from your kitchen.
  • Place the blunt edge of the knife under the gum.
  • Gently scrape the gum off with the knife. If the gum is stubborn, you can try heating it with a hair dryer to make it softer.
  • Wash the area with soap and water to remove any remaining gum residue.

Tips and Tricks

If you’re ever in a situation where you need to remove gum from your shoe, you can do a few things.

First, try using ice. Put some ice in a bag and hold it against the gum for a few minutes. This will make the gum hard and easier to scrape off. You can also use WD-40 or petroleum jelly to loosen the gum and make it easier to remove.

If you have other tips or tricks for removing gum from shoes, please share them in the comments!


There are a few materials you will need to get gum off your shoe:

  • A knife or other sharp object
  • Peanut butter
  • A rag or paper towel

First, use the knife to scrape the gum off the shoe as much as possible. If there is still gum left on the shoe, apply a generous amount of peanut butter to the affected area.

Let the peanut butter sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with a rag or paper towel. Repeat this process until all of the gum is gone.


If you’ve ever stepped in gum, you know how difficult it can be to remove. But don’t despair! You can follow simple steps to get that gum off your shoe.

First, brush the gum off with a blunt object, like a butter knife. If that doesn’t work, rub some ice over the gum to harden it and make it easier to scrape off.

If those methods don’t work, you can also use a solvent like WD-40 or vinegar. Apply a little to a rag and rub it over the gum until it dissolves.

With these simple steps, you should be able to get that gum off your shoe in no time!


Prevention is the best gum-removal strategy. To avoid getting gum on your shoes in the first place, take these precautions:

  • Avoid stepping on the ground near areas where people have been chewing gum.
  • Keep an eye out for discarded gum on the ground and avoid walking in those areas.
  • Wear shoes with enclosed toes, such as closed-toed sandals or sneakers.
  • If you get gum on your shoe, use a dry cloth to remove any excess before trying other methods.
  • Ask friends to watch for stray pieces of gum when they walk with you and alert you if they see any pieces nearby so that you can avoid them.
  • If you encounter gum on the ground, use a stick or other object to move it out of the way instead of stepping on it.
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Nick Haden
I'm Nick Haden, passionate about keeping your shoes looking their best. I'm dedicated to helping you keep your shoes looking their absolute best, so you can proudly show them off. I've been writing about shoe cleaning and care for over ten years, and I'm always looking for new ways to help keep your shoes looking their best. I'm constantly researching the latest cleaning methods and products, as well as creating cleaning solutions that are safe and effective. If you’re battling smelly shoes, don’t be embarrassed. Shoe odor builds up in even the most hygienic runners—and we’ll explain why. We’ll also give you step-by-step instructions on getting rid of shoe odor so that the next time you slide out of your sneakers, you can put your feet up and relax confidently.