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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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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.


Helen Field - October 10, 2022

Can you take an inch of my cowboy boots please

Stephanie Quinn - October 1, 2022

Lower the heel on a ladies boot

Stephanie Quinn - October 1, 2022

I am going to a wedding in a couple of days and I have a bad foot and I can’t wear heels. I was wondering iff you could help me. It needs to be about a inch and a half. My name is Stephanie quinn and I need them by Tuesday am my number is 806 5773327

The Boot Guy - September 27, 2022

Hello Eric, we can usually lower most heels for sure about 1/2". One inch heels is a good walking heel height.

The Boot Guy - September 27, 2022

Hello Bobbie, we most likely can but you’re welcome to send us a picture here:

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