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Reducing lowering heel height on shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by oscarthewild, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Well-Known Member

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    Hello,


    I have some shoes that I like but find the heel to be a little too high. Is it possible to reduce the height? Its not like these were 3" Manolo Blahniks that I want to convert into pumps but oxfords where I find the heel just a tad too high?

    Any past experiences would be appreciated and methods would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    Don't try. It'll throw off the entire balance of the shoe.
     
  3. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Well-Known Member

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    Sort of what I am concerned about. What exactly does that imply? What is the maximum one can add/take away from a conservative oxford heel height and still be ok?

    Thanks
     
  4. kabert

    kabert Well-Known Member

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    If the shoes are brand new, you might be able to reduce the heel by a quarter inch or so. The result will be better than if they're already broken in. Some shoes seem to be made with the leather on the sole pre-bent, whereas others (such as J.M. Weston) come with leather than is straight, and it gradually bends as the shoe is broken in. I would think reducing the heel size would go over much better with shoes that do not have pre-bent soles.
     

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