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What to Do if You're Wearing High Heels and Your Shoe Heel Breaks

Updated on August 22, 2016

A lot of women like wearing high heels because these make them look taller and more attractive. These are great for accentuating different outfits, whether you are going on a casual date or on your way to a formal party. However, it takes practice to carry this type of shoes well and to move around in them with ease. You will always face the risk of your shoe heel breaking while you are walking in the mall, dancing at a bar, or working in the office. So what should you do when this happens?

Assessing the Damage

From time to time, you should check out your high heels to ensure that the heels are positioned sturdily and will not snap off any time. When you feel yourself wobble because the heel of your shoe is a bit loose, you should immediately assess the damage to do something about it before you cause injury and embarrassment to yourself. Perhaps there is a nail to be replaced or you simply have to adjust its position. Maybe you will have to apply glue to reinforce the stability.

If it is only the heel tip that has broken off or gotten chipped off, you can still use the shoe. But then, you will surely be unbalanced which may also cause strain on your feet or legs. However, if the heel is completely broken, you will have to mend it.

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Repairing the Broken Heel

It is always best to be prepared with a tube of super glue in your bag whenever you are out in high heels. Be sure to choose one that can dry fast so that you can instantly use the shoe again after applying the glue generously. As you do this, you ought to be careful not to get any glue on your clothing or skin as it is very difficult to remove. Also make sure to place the heel back on the bottom of the shoe while sliding the original nails through the matching holes.

In case there is a nearby hardware store, you can purchase some nails and a tiny hammer to make sure that the heel stays on for a long time, especially if you cannot go home at once or at least change your shoes.

Being Prepared with Extra Shoes

To be on the safe side, you should certainly bring extra shoes with you. You can have a pair of bendable ballet shoes placed inside your bag for emergency purposes. Aside from serving as a relief after being in high heels for a period of time, these extra shoes will be useful when you find yourself with a broken heel. At least you can wear them while mending the heel and letting the glue dry. You can wear them too as you make your way somewhere else.

If you went some place in your own car, it is also advisable to keep extra nice sandals or even another pair of high heels for emergencies such as this. As a result, you can continue to look your best and not have to be bothered with having to mend your current heels at once or having to suddenly head home.


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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Although I only wear flats, I always see scenes in movies where women wear heels and the hell breaks. I notice the woman walks with her bare foot on her toes so she seems to be wearing both shoes even if one broke. Your article is very practical, but I think your best advice is to keep bendable ballet slippers in your bag and an extra pair of shoes in your car.