Throughout the day, your shoe and the sole in particular is exposed to different wear. The wear will often show on both sole and heel. This week we’re diving in to when it’s time to exchange the heel and how it’s done.
On a goodyearwelted shoe, the heel is a separate piece attached to the sole using glue and metal nails or, in rare cases, wooden plugs. The part in contact with the ground consists, on modern shoes of either partially rubber and leather, or fully rubber. The following layers above are heel packs. This is important as you ideally want to change heels before the wear has reached heel packs as these generally wear out faster, and will cause imbalances in the heel. This means that you should pay attention to when the soles first segment is about to be worn out in order to repair it in time.
When the sole is exchanged, the damaged part of the sole is detached, and replaced with a new one. This makes sure that the heel is completely balanced in terms of having an even surface, improving the shoe from both an orthopedic and aesthetic point of view. After this stage, the new heel is attached using nails and glue in order to be properly fastened. The raw, unfinished leathers heel edge is then painted in a matching colour.
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