Rubber tips for shoe heels

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Rubber tips for shoe heels
A great pair of heels shouldn't be hard to find. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

The business world, active nightlife, dating scene, dance studios, beauty pageants and formal wear events all have one thing in common; high heeled shoes. A good high heeled shoe can complement several outfits. However, just like any piece of a wardrobe, high heeled shoes can become worn and need new heel tips. You can replace old, broken or missing tips relatively quickly with the proper equipment.

Rubber Tips

Rubber tips are placed on the end of shoe heels to protect the heel, to give it some grip, protect soft and hard wood flooring surfaces from heel damage and to reduce heel noise when it makes contact with a hard surface. Heel tips come in a variety of sizes and should be sized correctly before repairing or replacing old ones. The good things about these heel tips are that they can be filed down with a metal file to fit the correct size if needed.


Rubber tips are mainly made up of rubber with a thin metal piece placed in the middle of the rubber to attach it to the heel. The shapes and sizes vary. The ranges of round heel tips typically run between 9mm diameters to 20mm. There are U-shaped tips that run 9mm by 10mm up to 24mm by 26mm. There are also rectangular ones available that measure approximately 17mm by 32.5mm. You can typically find tips in tan or black colours, but there are also bright colours available from some suppliers.


If you need to repair a worn out, broken or missing heel tip, you can do this at home. Grab some pliers and pull the old tip off. Some strength might be required to do this. Try wiggling it back and forth if it gives you trouble. Remove the nail that holds the heel tip in place. Use Super glue or leather adhesive to fix the material around the heel, if needed. Position the new tip in place and use a hammer to get it in there nice and snug or tap the heel down on a wood block to set it in place.


You can also replace shoe heels with other materials. Plastic tips are often used, although they don't have as much give as rubber and make louder noises when they make contact with hard surfaces. There are also metal tips used for heels. These are quite durable but they can damage soft wood surfaces, such as bamboo flooring. These also make noise when walking on hard surfaces.

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