It’s no secret I love shoes. I also like shopping on eBay. A year ago, I had ordered a pair of shoes in a style I already have and was excited for them to arrive. So excited that I didn’t even try them on for a few weeks! At that point (and since I had already left positive feedback), I felt like I couldn’t ask the seller about an issue with the shoes: that the right heel was a little loose.
I wore them a few times, but never felt very comfortable with the wobble in the heel. So they sat in my closet until a newer pair of black heels wore out. Then it was time to investigate and address the problem with these shoes.
Shoes are made in a relatively straight forward way, and I knew that there would be screws or nails holding the heel to the sole. First step was carefully peeling back the cushioning in the sole to reveal them.
The white paper was also easy to remove, as were the three screws.
Huh. The top screw was shorter than the others, and one screw had broken off in the heel.
If you ever wondered what’s hiding under the heel, you’re in luck! Also, it’s worth noting that the heel in this shoe happens to be painted plastic, and the wobble was with how the heel was attached. Other heels may be wood or covered in leather, and the break may be on the heel itself, which could make replacement a more challenging.
I brought the shoe home with me when I went for the holiday, hoping that my dad or brother would have the tools to remove the stuck screw part. Luckily the screw had broken off at the point where it went into the plastic. It took a little effort, but my brother was able to chip away at the plastic enough to get a grip on the broken screw piece with pliers!
Once it was out, it was time to get a replacement screw. My dad and I stopped at Ace Hardware on the way to the airport, and an employee helped us find the right screws. My dad suggested I get two as long as I was there, and the employee suggested another type of screw as well. For all of fourty cents, I had some screws to take back with me and try in my shoe.
I preferred to use the middle two screws, so I tried those out in the shoe to make sure they’d work before I proceeded. Then I broke out the Shoe Goo glue to help hold things together.
Using a toothpick, I spread some of the Shoe Goo onto the shoe where the heel goes.
Then I carefully screwed the heel back on. I couldn’t wait to try them on! Sadly, the heel still wasn’t very firm. I took out the short screw that was on top, and put in the other replacement screw from the couple I had bought. I tightened all three screws as tight as I could, and finally the shoe feel a lot stronger!
The last step was gluing the paper and sole back down.
Now I have a nice new-ish pair of pumps to wear! As well as the shoe-saving scene from The Wedding Planner stuck in my head (it’s at the 30 second mark).