How to Cut Out the Heel in Running Shoes

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How to Cut Out the Heel in Running Shoes
Cut out the heel of your running shoe for a more comfortable fit when running. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Injury to the back of a heel is a very common problem for people who wear running shoes. If the shoe does not fit properly, the leather is particularly hard or the heel tab is too high, it can result in a sore heel. For those who are unable to break in the heel of their shoes, or who wish to remove the high heel tab of the shoe, the easiest and cheapest solution is to remove the heel at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Marker
  • Strong scissors or saw
  • Canvas glue
  • Canvas patch

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  1. 1

    Mark a line across the heel tab you would like to remove, using a black marker. The line should be at least 1 inch below the top of the heel tab, although you may want to lower the line a little more depending on your comfort.

  2. 2

    Cut the part above the black line off of the shoe using a strong pair of scissors or a small saw. Cut slowly and carefully.

  3. 3

    Apply canvas adhesive to the bottom of the canvas patch. Apply the canvas patch over the cut area of the heel. The canvas patch will keep the cut corner from rubbing against your heel and keep the cut area from fraying. Leave the patch overnight for the glue to cure.

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