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post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post
Looking down at your feet there is no "left side" or "right side." There is only the inside (medial) and the outside (lateral). the medial side is the same side as the big toe. The lateral side is the same side as the pinky.

Now...having said that...which side of your heels are wearing down?

Generalizing...

If you are wearing down the medial side, you are pronating badly and probably should see a doctor about it.

If you are wearing down the lateral side, you may need some correction or an orthotic.

If you are wearing in the rear lateral corner you are pretty normal for an adult of European descent.

What if you wear evenly?
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by tsaltzma View Post
What if you wear evenly?

Then your not human
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by tsaltzma View Post
What if you wear evenly?
I am not going to vouch for the theory, but all my career I have heard that people of different ethnic backgrounds will wear their heels differently simply because of the way they walk. If you are wearing your heels evenly, right dead center in the middle of the heel...no harm, no foul. It is wear to the sides --the entire side--that indicates you may have a foot problem--pronating or supinating. Both of those conditions can affect foot health (or not...I pronate but to no ill effect) but almost as important is the effect such abnormal foot posture can have on the shoe.
post #19 of 23
I've also noticed that the lateral corners of both of my shoes wear down unevenly from the medial. This is normal?
post #20 of 23
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I've also noticed that the lateral corners of both of my shoes wear down unevenly from the medial. This is normal?
I'm not sure where the lateral corner you're referring to is. Do you mean the lateral rear corner? Or the corner of the heel at the front (or breast) of the heel? If the former...probably normal. If the latter, you may be supinating...especially if the wear is all along the lateral side.
post #21 of 23
Many better quality shoes have a 'combination heel': the last layer has a rubber corner set into the leather. As the rubber is harder wearing than the leather, this will prevent premature wear (although the rubber will wear down eventually).

That rubber corner is always on the outside edge.

post #22 of 23
What are the options when the rubber corner of the heels (like in the picture above) are worn down and close to being gone? Can you replace the heel only or does the shoe need to be re-soled entirely. I've got some Grenson Masterpieces from Paul Stuart with a lot of miles....
post #23 of 23
you can replace the toplift of the heel.
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