Shoe heels that won't wear down!!

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
12905 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I want to know too!  I looooove me a skinny stilleto, but the heels never last.  Now I just buy thicker heels (1/2-3/4 inch vs 1/4 inch) or wedges.

Post # 3
10906 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would think it has little, if anything, to do with the brand and more to do with the style of the shoes.  You might be able to achieve the height and look you want by wearing some tall wedges. I have several pairs by Michael Kors and Nine West that are dressy. Also, when my heels wear down, I take them to a shoe-repair place that will replace the little black — for lack of a better description — walking surface/short metal “plugs” that go into the heel of the shoe.

Post # 4
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

fancymichelle:  Why don’t you have the (usually black) very tip of the heel replaced?  I’ve done that a few times and it was only $15-20!

Post # 5
1308 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

You can take your heels to a cobbler periodically and have that little rubber part replaced at very little cost! Also it might not be your weight, per se, people walk differently and different parts of their shoes get worn down faster. My heels get worn down a lot too. Whatever the cause, I don’t think the brand or designer matters much.

Post # 6
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think it has more to do with the way you walk (i.e. scuffing your heels with each step) than your weight. People have different walking patterns. I am a heel dragger too and my heels all get worn down to nails eventually.

Post # 7
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I wear a stiletto shoe everyday, and I’m a very heavy walker. Personally, I take all my shoes to my cobbler before I’ve even worn them for a thin protective half sole and a new, high quality heel tip. 

The only shoes I don’t replace the heel tip for before wearing them are J. Crew Everly and Manolo BB pumps. I still make sure to inspect my heels to make sure I get the tips replaced before they’re worn down. It’s a lot more expensive to repair the actual heel, rather than get a new $5 heel tip.

Post # 8
1397 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have found that having a rubber heel tip at the bottom rocks.  You can have them placed at shoe repair stores, at least around me.  They are more durable and last a really long time.  I tend to walk through normal heels like it is not there at all and before I know it I can see the metal support and it drives me nuts.

Post # 9
3637 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

As Jewelieee: suggested, take them to a cobbler/shoe repair store to have the rubber heel replaced. I do this with my shoes all the time. Often I find that the new heel lasts for much longer than the one the shoe came with. Perhaps they use better heels?

Post # 10
2367 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve found that the biggest reason my heels die are scuffing them while I walk and driving in them. I keep a pair of ballet flats in the car to drive, and also for when the weather is crappy – salt is horrible for shoes. And I’ve gotten way better about walking properly. When I don’t scuff them or drive in them, they last for ever!

Post # 11
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

As a pp has stated, I take mine to the cobbler to have the heel cap replaced before I even wear them.  

Post # 12
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Find a good cobbler! Depending on brand, I’ll bring new shoes to my cobbler for a half sole and a heel tip.. especially Louboutins.. they can put a clear half sole on them to protect the red.

Keep an eye on the condition of your shoes after wearing them.. when they look worn down, get them repaired. I have a pair of black Frye boots that I’ve had for 6 years, the heel was completely worn down on one side. Instead of ditching them, I brought them in and $30 later they were literally brand new looking.

Repairing good quality shoes is worlds better than buying new pairs all the time. Especially when you really love the shoe.

Post # 13
284 posts
Helper bee

I’m in agreeance with previous posters, I don’t think this has anything to do with your weight and everything to do with the way you walk! My friends and I used to do ‘boot readings’ of our riding boots (horseback riding has caused me to amass a collection of boots) and you could see based on wear and tear what leg was strongest/most used, where you put your weight, how you rotated your leg against the horse, it was honestly really interesting and insightful. I realized from doing ‘shoe readings’ what part of my shoes I wreck the most because of how I walk, and it changes what I buy if I know I might wear them down easily.


That being said, if you like heels and aren’t planning on stopping wearing them (which let’s be honest, you shouldn’t because they’re fantastic!) then I’d go with what everybody else said and get them resoled on the heel portion. I know people who get their Louboutins resoled to keep the red colour from scratching off, so it’s definitely not a strange practice.

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