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Can A Heel Be Raised or Lowered?

Yes, Any Heel Can Be Raised Or Lowered.

We do it every day in our shoe repair. But there is a limit to how much can be added or lowered.

Every shoe has a balance built in to how the shoe was lasted or in other words, designed. We find that most shoes, from women's high heeled pumps to cowboy boots to can be raised or lowered up to 1/2 inch with no problem. Some can be raised or lowered as much as 3/4 inch or even 1 inch. Balance of the shoe determines how high or low. There is good way to see how much can be adjusted.

Hold the shoe or boot on an edge of a table so that the sole is on the table the heel is off of the table. Next raise the heel above or below the table as much as you want to adjust the height. This gives you the ability to see how the balance is affected. Does the toe raise or lower too much? It takes a trained eye to tell for sure, but this technique will give you an idea of how much a heel can be adjusted.


What If You Have A Short Limb And Need To Adjust The Height?

This is totally different than the answer above. In the case of a short limb a shoe can be raised as much as your shorter leg requires. We've raised anywhere from 1/8" to 6" or more. Balance is still an issue and the sole thickness will need to be adjusted in proportion to heel height.

Slim, The Boot Guy 


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Nancy c Arias - January 24, 2024

i have 2 pairs of booties that are a little too high for me. i would like to lower the heal about 1 inch. i also have a pair of suede high lace up moccasins that i have worn down to almost nothing. is there a way to repair them?

Nicole - January 17, 2024


I have two pairs of Michael Kors heels that are 4” I would like the heels to be cut down to either a 1.5 inch heel or less than 3”. Would this be something possible that your company may be able to do? I’m in Washington state. Thank for any help with this and I look forward to hearing back.

Angela Wilson - December 18, 2023

I have a pair of boots I got and need the heel lowered – can I ship them to you or how does that work? I am in Idaho.

Rosa Salazar - October 16, 2023

I meant to say 3 inch stilettos into a 2 1/2 he’ll have a different type is this possible

Rosa Salazar - October 16, 2023

Would like to take my 3 inch heels to a two inch but a different type of heel is that pot

David Cox - September 22, 2023

Can you change cowboy boots into rompers ?
Will I be happy with them? Estimated cost please.
Thank you

Rhonda Campbell - June 13, 2023

I have some shoes that I needed the heels lower on them some are shoes and some are boots

Elayne Lawrence - January 4, 2023

I need my stilleto heels lowered, can you please help me.

Roy J Leffelman - October 27, 2022

I have one leg that is approximately 3/4 " shorter because of an injury. I have a heel lift that I can use but it is only 1/2". Can I get an additional 1/4" heel on the bottom of a shoe to balance this?

Ms Bose Koku - October 17, 2022

Hello. I wanted to find out if you are able to change the heel on a wedge heel pair of boots to a platform heel.


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