Post # 1
It took a really long time to find the perfect dark purple shoes for my wedding and when it was delivered, I found the heel higher than I expected.
Has anyone shortened their heels at a shoe repair shop? If so, how much did you take off? I heard only 1/2 inch is recommended. How did it look after?
I am so worried to take it to a repair shop because I don’t want to ruin the only pair of purple shoes I like! Please help!
These are my shoes 🙂
Post # 3
I have had heels shortened, but as you say, only by 1/2″.
The cobbler told me to stand on a bench with the heels hanging over the edge, then slowly drop the heel down until the back of the ball of the foot was flat on the bench. The amount of heel below the level of the bench would be the maximum that could be cut off and still keep the shoes properly balanced.
Post # 4
@julies1949: Thanks for replying! That sounds very reasonable!
Did the heel look the same afterwards? My pair is satin, so I’m worried the material will not look smooth/flush afterwards.
Post # 5
The cobbler will likely be able to lift the satin up after he takes off the tip at the bottom of the heel. He then should be able to shorten the heel, roll the satin back down, cut off the extra satin, then put the tip back on.if you ask they can do this.
I’m no shoemaker, but I think if you ask they can do this.
Post # 6
Hello fellow bees,
I thought I would update you with the results of my heel shortening.
As fellowbees and bloggers have mentioned, I could only shorten the heel by 1/2″, because of the balance in the shoe. The cobbler mentioned that I can technically cut off as much I truly wanted but it would create a lot of stress on the front of the shoe (due to the imbalance) and eventually it might rip. I was not willing to risk that!
The first picture you will see the original height. I apologize for the awful ruler, it was the only one I had! LOL.
The second picture is the shortened heel by 1/2″. The heel base was replaced from plastic to rubber so it actually made it more comfortable to walk in!
The third picture shows the slight fraying of the satin material on the one side of one of the shoes.
Verdict: Well worth the $25 I spent to shorten the heel. I expected there to be fraying in the material because it is satin, and it had to be cut. Luckily the fraying was not as noticable as I thought it would be 🙂
Post # 9
Wondeful!!! Looks great!! Thanks for emailing me the update of your posting