Women's High Heel Repair in Austin, Texas
Women's High Heel Repair by Austin Shoe Hospital
High Heels. Stilettos. Pumps.
We Repair All Your Favorite Heels!
We all remember the moment when we find those dreamy high heels we've been searching for. Patiently waiting, hoping they have your size. Then sitting down, opening the box, unwrapping the paper. Oh, the new-shoe smell.
Then you slip them on. They fit like a glove. You walk over to the floor-length mirror and strike a pose. They're perfect. You stand there, picturing that new outfit they’ll be paired with. You imagine arriving to the party, the office, that first date, walking down the aisle.
Our cobblers can help you save those heels you love--for a lifetime.
Scroll down to learn all about high heel repair by Austin Shoe Hospital!
"Repairs are our passion. We fix all brands, all styles, all shapes, and all colors. If you can wear it, we can repair it!"
The Anatomy of a High Heel
(Stilettos & Pumps)
When our Austin Shoe Hospital cobblers approach a shoe or boot repair project, we focus on structural preservation. There are 5 primary areas of concern when we evaluate any damage:
The Upper is the top of the shoe.
The shoe Insole is the part your foot actually sits on.
The Heel Base lies in between the heel cap and the sole. Similar to the welt, the heel base is attached directly to the sole and serves as the foundation for the heel caps to attach to.
The Sole and Heel Cap are the components of the shoe that make contact with the ground and give you the traction and support you need while walking. This is where the majority of your wear and tear occurs and basic repairs can be maintained. However, if you wait too long and wear through these layers, you risk damaging the insole and/or upper, which will result in more extensive repair needs.
Replacing heel caps is the most common and simple shoe repair job we complete in Austin. Its also the most unknown and misunderstood repair job. Why? Most of us think our heels must be thrown away when the metal pin on the heel has been exposed, but as you have learned, this is simply not true!
Bring all your heels in to your local Austin Shoe Hospital cobbler and we’ll make sure you can keep enjoying
them for years and years to come.
Heel Cap Repair
If you love wearing high heels, you’re likely familiar with the tiny plastic heel caps that protect the base-end of the heel.
These plastic heel caps are attached to a metal pin that sits inside the heel to keep them in place. When the heel cap is worn down (or off!), it needs to be replaced pronto.
Tip: If you hear that dreaded “clicking” sound while you walk, it means your heel caps have been worn down to the metal pin.
DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR HEELS! 99% of the time your heel caps can be repaired by our skilled Austin Shoe Hospital cobblers.
Sole Repair and Sole Protection
Many high heels and pumps - especially designer brands - tend to be made with delicately thin soles. These thin soles are beautiful, but as you wear your heels out on sidewalks and streets, the sole will get worn down—and fast.
Not to worry! If your soles get worn or pull apart, we can fix them. Bring your heels in to your local Austin Shoe Hospital cobbler and we’ll expertly re-glue the soles or re-sole your shoes entirely to get them back on your feet in a flash.
We can also change the color of your soles! Pick from red, blue, pink, and more!
Before you wear a new pair of heels (or after light wear), we can install custom-made ultrathin soles, called SolePros®, on top of the original leather or rubber sole.
These soles are purposefully designed to be thin and stylish, come in many color choices (including mirrored Christian Louboutin red), and do not take away from the cosmetic look of the fashion heel or pump.
They'll give you 5 times the use of the original sole, which means you can wear your heels out and about and not worry about sole wear for a really, really long time. As a bonus, they provide excellent traction and extra soft comfort while you’re walking.
Shoe Stretching and Liner Replacement
Our Austin Shoe Hospital cobblers can also provide shoe stretching if those heels feel too snug. Leather heels can be stretched up to ½ size and are stretched in the width, which helps with length as it allows the toe portion of the foot to spread out, relieving pressure. Vinyl and fabric heels can be stretched, too, just not always as easily as leather.
We can also install a brand new leather sock liner—unwrinkled and fresh—inside your pumps that will provide both extra comfort and a crisp, clean new smell. Additionally, we can replace the heel liner at the back of your shoe to ensure you have just the right amount of cushioning.
Shoe Shine, Cleaning & Leather Refinishing
We can beautifully shine, clean, and/or completely refinish your heel uppers whether they're leather, suede, nubuck, or any other fine finish at Austin Shoe Hospital.
Shoe Shine: A shoe shine consists of first cleaning off all the dirt, grime, and old polish, and then deep conditioning the leather until its buttery soft. Next, we hand rub a wax or cream polish to provide stain and color, and last, we buff the shoe to bring out the highest shine possible. The friction and heat we produce with rigorous buffing activates the shoe polish and produces a gorgeous sheen that makes your shoes look fresh and new.
Deep Clean & Refinish: If you want your shoes to look like the day you picked them off the shelves (or likewise, if they are made of suede, nubuck or fabric and can’t be “shined”), you’ll want what’s called a Deep Clean & Refinish.
At the time new shoes and boots are manufactured, they receive a special custom finish that is applied at the very end of the process. This provides a beautiful long-term coating. When our Austin Shoe Hospital cobblers complete a refinish on your shoes, we reapply the same gorgeous finish the shoe or boot had when it was made new.
For a full refinish, we first deep clean to remove any stains. Next, we’ll generously condition the shoe leather with pure lanolin (when needed), and then apply permanent color over worn and damaged areas. Lastly, we put on a new-shoe custom topcoat.
Suede and nubuck must be dry cleaned or finely sanded when cleaning to ensure dirt and stains can be removed. By using special suede-cleaning stones or our delicate sand-blasting booth, we remove the stains gently without harming the suede or nubuck. After cleaning, the suede or nubuck is lightly brushed and waterproofed for longer protection.
Voila! Your shoes are like-new, and this process outlasts a regular shoe shine up to 10 times.
My Dog Ate My Heels!
So your dog thinks those amazing heels are chew toys, does she? Don’t panic!
You’d be surprised how often we see shoes that have been chewed up by dogs. Let the cobblers at Austin Shoe Hospital take a look. 9 times out of 10 we can fix them right up.
No need to be upset at Bluey for long!
Austin Shoe Hospital
High Heel Repair & Services Re-Cap:
- High Heel Cap Replacement
- Exposed Metal High Heel Cap Pin Repair
- High Heel Sole Repair
- Shoe SolePros® Sole Protection
- Shoe Stretching
- High Heel Leather sock liner replacement
- High Heel Shining
- High Heel Refinishing
- Dog & Puppy Damage Repair
We look forward to meeting your favorites and getting them fixed up and back out to you to enjoy!