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vibram five fingers komodo sale Boot heels are wearing down rapidly I had a shoe guy put on some rubber heel plates (he said he couldn't do metal on these) and after two more days the back of the heel plate is worn down back to the original heel. At a friend's suggestion I tried a 1/8" layer of JB Weld, but even that wore down after a day. So I have three questions. 1) What can I do to keep from ruining these in less than a month other than changing my stride? (I tried, trust me.) 2) Why can't you put metal heel plates on these? 3) I've never heard of someone wearing down shoes so quickly am I alone in this? posted by a_girl_irl to clothing, beauty, fashion (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite I've definitely done this to boots. Back when I had a mile between the train and my office, I wore roughly half a 0.5" heel at a 45 degree angle. Did your shoe guy replace the missing heel with anything? Or did he just smooth it out and cap it? Try seeing if he'll do a complete heel replacement. I had the heels on my boots replaced with a considerably better quality of wood, capped with rubber, since then, they've been fine. Also, as these are Aldo boots, you've got about a year on them period, regardless of upkeep. Unless things have drastically changed, they're not meant to be used hard and by "used hard" I mean "normal city person walking around" or last long. posted by griphus at 7:45 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite] Missing chunk of heel, that is. posted by griphus at 7:45 AM on March 8, 2012 You should consider seeing a podiatrist who may recommend shoe inserts or somethng similar to correct your stride. posted by Jahaza at 7:45 AM on March 8, 2012 The rubber that the cobbler used, was it Vibram? Cause I spent the extra $$ (came out to 20 bucks for a pair of boots) to have my boots re soled in vibram rubber before I even wore them and I can't wear through it. (It's used on hiking/military boots as well, so it's grippy and resistant to wear). posted by larthegreat at 7:50 AM on March 8, 2012 Did your shoe guy replace the missing heel with anything? I noticed it was happening before it got bad (because I've done this to many, many boots) and he just put the rubber plate on. posted by a_girl_irl at 7:51 AM on March 8, 2012 Your twitter says you're in NYC? When I moved to NYC from North Carolina, I noticed that all of my shitty shoes were immediately ruined. Like, within weeks, the heels of boots I'd worn for over a year were suddenly worn down to nubs. I don't think it's the way you walk I just think this city is extremely unforgiving of shitty shoes. Honestly, I think you could either go to another cobbler and get the whole heel replaced. or just buy more sturdy boots and call this a loss. posted by showbiz_liz at 8:02 AM on March 8, 2012 [3 favorites] To counter anecdote larthegreat, my partner and I wear out one pair of Vibram soled shoes per summer with our regular walking about. If we get four months out of a pair of Vibram soles, that's fabulous. That said, it's still the best sole material I've found for my walking about footwear. Consider having a professional evaluate your gait. Even something like bringing your worn shoes to a good running store might be of help. They can at least get you started in the right direction. posted by Sternmeyer at 8:05 AM on March 8, 2012 Get them reheeled. Seriously. It's like a 1 up for boots or something, and it's probably less expensive than buying more (well, right now boots are probably on sale, but you know what I mean.) posted by dekathelon at 8:07 AM on March 8, 2012 I agree with showbiz_liz that NYC streets (and the amount of walking that people do living here) are harder on shoes than normal wear and tear. I've had luck with having taps put on in addition to resoling they take longer to wear down to the heel, and can be angled/placed strategically to counteract where you normally put the most weight. posted by Mchelly at 8:09 AM on March 8, 2012 Those boots don't look very sturdy, unfortunately. Aldo isn't really known for the quality. I don't think it would be worth your while to throw any more money into them. Instead of paying to resole them, I would just split the difference and get boots made to last. posted by 200burritos at 8:09 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite] I noticed it was happening before it got bad (because I've done this to many, many boots) and he just put the rubber plate on. So, if I understand correctly, you're saying that you're now wearing through the rubber plate and into the heel, right?