Shoe heel question

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  1. InfiniteSpree

    InfiniteSpree Member

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    Hello

    Perhaps this is a rudimentary question, but a search yielded no results. Having said that: on several pairs of my shoes (but not all) the inside corner of the heel is planed, for lack of a better word. It's as if the point has been sanded flat, or something.

    I hope I'm describing it correctly. Anyways, what is this for? The only thing I could think of is perhaps with the point "sanded" away it is less likely for the heel to get caught in a cuff as you walk? Really just a guess.

    Thanks for your help,
    Ryan
     


  2. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

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    Hmm, maybe I'm just not at my best right now, but I'm not sure what you're trying to say.  Do the shoes appear that way when you buy them?  At first, I was thinking you were noticing the heel of the sole wear away; I've seen this happen to a couple of pairs of shoes (mainly Birkenstocks). But, after I thought about it, I wasn't sure if you meant a smoothed appearance somewhere on the top part of the shoe.

    [OK, yeah, I think you definitely meant they came that way. Sorry.]
     


  3. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    I have seen this and often wondered, too.

    I have shoes where one of the corners of the heel close to the toe (rather than the back of the shoe) has been sheared off at a 45% angle. I had chalked this up to styling rather than any practicality. Perhaps the shoe afficianados may have the explanation.
     


  4. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Look at one of your pairs of shoes that does not have that corner chamfered. Usually the leather will have broken down, sometimes so much that it will have splayed out. That corner of the heel takes a lot of stress and chamfering it keeps it from breaking down.
     


  5. MPS

    MPS Senior member

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    Your guess hit the nail on the head: it is mainly there to prevent you catching the heel on trouser cuffs.
     


  6. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's an Americanism (after all cuffed trousers are far more popular in the States), which some manufactures do (Allen-Edmonds, Bass) and others (Alden) do not. It's quite uncommon in European shoes.
     


  7. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I guess I'm wrong again..

    MPS' answer makes perfect sense. I had wondered about that chamfered corner myself and after an examination of my own shoes had come up with the answer I provided. The inside corner of the heel does take heavy wear on most of my shoes without the "chamfer" but that may be a peculiarity of my own gait.
     


  8. mistahlee

    mistahlee Senior member

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    When da heel is catchin' on da trouser cuff, maybe da pants is too long.

    No, no, I get it.  It's the cuff of the other leg.  Brilliant.
     


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