How to fix high heel shoes

Written by justin schamotta
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How to fix high heel shoes
Damaged heels are dangerous to walk in. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

The most frequent problem with high heels is with the tip of the shoe's heel. Because so much pressure is being channelled into a small surface area, tips can quickly wear through, exposing the metal pin inside. Walking while wearing heels with an exposed pin can be dangerous, as metal provides very little grip on smooth surfaces such as tiles.

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Things you need

  • Pliers
  • Superglue/ leather adhesive
  • Replacement heel tip

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  1. 1

    Remove the worn tip using pliers. The plastic may break during the process, leaving the metal pin that secures it exposed.

  2. 2

    Grip the metal pin with the pliers and slowly rotate the pin from side to side while gently but firmly pulling away from the bottom of the heel. The pin should come away fairly easily in modern shoes.

  3. 3

    Place the pin in a vice and tighten, if the pin does not come away. Hold the heel area of the shoe and gently move it from side to side while pulling upwards. Avoid sudden movements as this may break the head of the pin, making extraction even more problematic.

  4. 4

    Repair any damage to the material at the end of the heel. Damage will be more severe for shoes that have been worn without heel tips for prolonged periods. Clean any dirt from the area and secure loose material using superglue for plastic and leather adhesive for leather.

  5. 5

    Line up the pin of the replacement heel tip with the hole from the removed pin and push it in as far as it will go. Hit the heel onto a solid surface with a swift downward motion, as if hammering in a nail. Check the pin has gone all the way into the heel. If not, strike it again.

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