Before I moved to New York, I used to frequent the local cobbler and liked the work he did. After a bad experience (or two) at a cobbler in NYC, I researched how to replace the heel tips on my shoes myself. Turns out, doing it myself is much cheaper, quicker, and less damaging to my shoes! Win win win!
Enter: a pair of basic black pumps in need of new tips…
…and a pair of vice grips.
It just takes a minute to adjust the vice grips to latch on to the tip and hold securely.
Then–using the minimal amount of upper body strength that I have–I pull really hard until the tip comes out. Sometimes it helps to twist slightly to loosen the tip from the shoe.
For replacement tips, I like the Supertap tips from this retailer on ebay, as they’re $1 each (I buy them in packs of 10), come in various sizes and colors, and are rubber, which I think makes for a better heel tip than the plastic ones.
It’s hammer time!
Ta da! Basically brand new shoes.
Now they are ready for another week of hard working and walking around town!