Originally Posted by Winston S.
I don't think you can get just the dovetail replaced, as least not here in NYC. Prices range from $20 - $40 to replace heel lifts (rubber to JR) in NYC from my experience.
patrick_b uses an Equus dark brown belt with his #8. Not a match, but close enough for him. Personally I bought a Polo Ralph Lauren in a burgundy calf to go with mine. Think it was less than $30 on sale.
(not to seem argumentative) I think what they do is replace the rubber dove tail and the bottom layer of leather that it matches up to. Since it is sucha simple repair, I'm not too particular about which cobbler does it, or what brand materials that they use. I'm not an expert on shoe repair, I just know what they look like when I bring them in, what looks like has been done to them when I get them back, and about what it cost me. To be honest, I don't get it done very often because it takes a while to wear them down to the point of replacement. If you prefer to use plastic heel protectors and have your heels replaced completely and with more expensive materials, then I can certainly respect that. To me, the whole idea behind rubber dove tail heels is that they are cheaply and easily replaced, so you can wear them out, replace them, and not have to worry about it.