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You Will Need
- A street curb
- A freezer or ice cubes
- A cotton swab
- Rubbing alcohol
- A plastic bag (optional)
- WD-40 (optional)
- Goo Gone (optional)
- A cobbler (optional)
If you have a flat-bottomed shoe, try scraping it against a street curb as soon as you become aware of the gum.
If scraping didn’t work, freeze your shoe by bagging it and putting it in the freezer—this will harden the gum to the point where you should be able to scrape it right off.
Resort to chemical intervention
If scraping and freezing don’t work, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and dab it over the gum. Let the gum sit a few minutes and then remove it with a semi-sharp knife.
Use home cleaning products
Still no luck? Some people swear by WD-40 or Goo Gone. Apply either agent exactly as in previous step.
If the gum mockingly remains in situ, locate the nearest shoe repair shop and have the sole replaced. And please! From now on, watch where you step.