I've replaced a few heel tips in my time and have learnt along the way some tricks and tips that make the process much easy. So, for my first blog post I thought I'd share with you my top three tips for DIY heel fixes.
You need the right tools. At a minimum you will require pliers to remove the heel tip (if you're lucky the pin will come away with the heel tip) and pincers to remove the heel pin (if you're unlucky).
2. THE RIGHT HEEL TIPS
Heel tips come in a variety of colours, pin widths and heel tip sizes. Before you replace your heel tips you can easily determine the colour and heel tip size you need. Unfortunately, there is no way to know what size pin width you need until you have removed the heel tip. N.B. We currently know of 5 heel pin sizes with the most common being 3.04mm and 2.9mm followed closely by 2.5mm.
3. TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE
I may have left this last but it's probably the most important. If you take away anything from this post it's this. A very firm grip is key. Whether it's removing the heel tip or the pin you need to get a good grip. If your grip keeps slipping you run the
risk of damaging the heel or snapping/shaving the pin. Lastly, never ever twist the pliers/pincers to remove the heel tip or heel pin. Always keep the pliers/pincers still and twist/pull the shoe.
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