How to Correct Uneven Heel Wear on Shoes? (DIY Guide)

How to Correct Uneven Heel Wear on Shoes

Each and every one of us wears shoes. One of the most common problems related to wearing shoes is the disaster of uneven heel wear! Sometimes you may have thrown away your favorite pair of shoes due to this problem. Many of us go a cobbler to correct uneven heel wear on shoes. Did you know that with some correct tools and effort, this could easily be done at home?

Are you a creative person who believes in learning something new adds value to your life? Or, do you have enough free time to play with some cool life hacks? Then this step by step guide on ‘How to correct uneven heel wear on shoes’ is just right for you. It’s time to learn a cool life hack to save your pair of shoes. Have fun on your new experiment.

Why Do It Yourself?

  • You can have fun getting your hands on your favorite pair of shoes
  • You can add creative detailing to your pair of shoes which is not available at the hands of a cobbler.
  • If you have many pairs with worn out heels, repairing them by yourself would be cost effective.

Things That You Need

  • Replacement heels – The height shall vary based on your shoe and the worn extent
  • Rubber cement – Barge contact cement is ideal
  • Hacksaw with metal blade/ Electric knife
  • Fine grit sandpaper/ Belt sander/ Electric palm sander
  • Flex shaft with sanding bit
  • Metallic gel pen
  • Ruler
  • Brush
  • Cutting board or other solid cutting surface

DIY Guide: How to Correct Uneven Heel Wear on Shoes?

  • Option 1 – Remove the entire heel including the worn area as well as the unworn area, and then replace it with the new heel. This method is ideal when the worn of the heel too severe.
  • Option 2 – Instead of replacing the entire heel, you can just get rid of the worn area by cutting it flat and then replace it. This method uses less material and consumes less time and probably is easier.

 Step 1

Measure your heels and mark the deviations.

  • Take your ruler and metallic gel pen.
  • Turn the top of the heel up
  • Start measuring from the mostly worn side to least worn side – Start with the most worn spot. Mark a place from the top of the shoe to start with. Leave marks around the entire heel following an even level.
  • Place your ruler and draw a line using the metallic gel pen, around the heel – First draw a dotted line and then join the dots to avoid your line being crooked.

Step 2

Chop the heel slowly and carefully from the least worn side to mostly worn side to make the sides even.

  • Start chopping the heel starting from the mostly worn side, following the line which was drawn earlier
  • For this purpose, you can use a Hacksaw with metal blade or an Electric knife. Both work well.
  • Take your cutting board or move the shoes to another solid cutting surface. Now we are ready for the hardest part to come.
  • Place your shoe on the board appropriately.
  • Chopping must be done very carefully. Cut smoothly and slowly going over the drawn line again and again. Absolutely not at once! The purpose is to make a neater line and to avoid cutting yourself by pushing too hard.
  • Be sure to stay on the outside of the line when chopping. If the original heels contain a hollow inside, your job would be easier.
  • Be sure to save the cut pieces in case of emergency. Good conditioned cut pieces may come in handy when replacing a heel of another shoe one day!

Step 3

Glue the replacing heel with the shoe thoroughly.

  • Take your rubber cement. Barge contact cement is an ideal product for the purpose.
  • Anyhow, the contact cement should be a very strong one to avoid disconnection in future.
  • Apply the rubber cement on the inner layer of the replacing heel and leave it to dry up to the extent as per the instructions of the instruction manual.
  • Repeat the process with the corrected heel of your shoe as well.
  • Once they are left long enough, set the replacement heel with the shoe carefully and leave a weight inside the shoe. This will strengthen the bond among the cement particles.
  • Just a suggestion: You can keep a heavy chair on the shoes, positioning two legs inside the shoes.

Step 4

Smooth the edges and finish.

  • Smoothing the edges is absolutely vital to add a good finish to your heels.
  • Take your flex shaft with the sanding bit.
  • You can use any electric sander for smoothing, if you possess.
  • You can use an analogue palm sander to work on the outside edges too.
  • However, once the smoothing is done, make it more polished with some 220 grit sandpaper.

Step 5

What should you do if you end up with some gaps between the new heel and the old one?

  • Don’t worry! We have a solution for this problem too.
  • Get some silicon and sand dust.
  • Mix them well to create the consistent solution. The amounts to be mixed shall vary based on the size of the gaps.
  • Fill the gaps with the solution.
  • Start smoothing again with your sanding agent.


Now you have a perfect pair of shoes with brand new, even heels!

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