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Q & A: What is this part of the shoe called?

post #1 of 7
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I am planning to replace this rubber part of the heel, looking for the name of what to purchase so I can save some money by Doing-It-Myself. (There might even be an Iroh's Guides on it if you are in luck). Thanks SF.

post #2 of 7

It's called the perineum

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post #4 of 7
The bottom layer of the heel is called a "top-lift" (it's the top from the shoemaker's viewpoint).

They usually come ready assembled (leather and rubber) from the 'grindery', the wholesaler who supplies shoemaking and -repair materials.
post #5 of 7
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Searching for toplift or top lift on ebay doesn't produce the results.

What do people do when that part of the shoe is worn, do they replace that part of the rubber or do they replace the whole heel with a rubber heel? It wears out rather quickly.

How about getting a flush metal plate attached? What is the flush metal plate called? I like the idea but I don't want to sound like a tap dancer, I have heard it does make a loud noise, can anyone with experience share what they know?
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My cobbler replaces the heel lifts for me, costs about $10.
Expert info on heel taps posted today:
http://www.styleforum.net/t/240245/b-nelson-does-a-great-job/240#post_5958940
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