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Are your heel tips worn down or missing? Walking on metal tips, or uneven worn down rubber tips can be extremely frustrating. With extensive wear, heel tips will naturally deteriorate. It is recommended that they are replaced before the inner tip begins to protrude. This is also important because having an unstable heel can lead to balancing issues.

If you or someone you know have worn down or missing heel tips, you can use this guide to learn how to simply replace your old heel tips with new tips. Why pay a shoe repair shop to replace heel tips, when you can do it yourself and save time and money.

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  1. Measure the size of your heel tips to know what size to purchase.
    • Measure the size of your heel tips to know what size to purchase.

    • Most sizes are in the range of 8-13 mm. The variety packs are handy, especially if you have a few pairs to fix.

    • The size pictured in this fix is a 12mm heel tip on a size 9 heel.

  2. Wedge a dull picket knife or jimmy between the top of the heel tip to help loosen and separate the tip.
    • Wedge a dull picket knife or jimmy between the top of the heel tip to help loosen and separate the tip.

  3. Carefully remove the heel tip with the pliers by twisting and pulling it out. Most can be turned counter clockwise to remove. Be careful not to pull only the rubber off. Carefully remove the heel tip with the pliers by twisting and pulling it out. Most can be turned counter clockwise to remove. Be careful not to pull only the rubber off.
    • Carefully remove the heel tip with the pliers by twisting and pulling it out. Most can be turned counter clockwise to remove. Be careful not to pull only the rubber off.

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  5. Clean the newly exposed tip of any debris. Clean the newly exposed tip of any debris.
    • Clean the newly exposed tip of any debris.

  6. Place the pin end of the new tip into the heels opening.
    • Place the pin end of the new tip into the heels opening.

  7. Gently tap the new tip in with the hammer. Careful not to damage the shoes material. Gently tap the new tip in with the hammer. Careful not to damage the shoes material.
    • Gently tap the new tip in with the hammer. Careful not to damage the shoes material.

  8. Adjust the tip with the pliers to align the heel tip. Adjust the tip with the pliers to align the heel tip.
    • Adjust the tip with the pliers to align the heel tip.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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