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Boot Heels- Shapes and Construction.

Boot heels hold the boot sole in a particular curve which curves the foot's own sole and effects the legs, hips, chest, neck and head. Heels came into common use about 1600AD.

All cowboys and horsemen will tell you that a heel can prevent the foot from slipping through the stirrup. A condition known as "hung-up."

So heels make you taller, more curvy, and prevent hang-ups.

Boot heels are measured vertically in the middle of the heel. Not the leading edge and not at the back, but in the middle. Traditionally, heel height is measured in 1/8ths of an inch. A two inch heel is expressed 16/8. A one inch heel is 8/8. I use millimeters in the shop.

Heels may have straight, slanted or curved sides.

Heels may be wood, leather-covered plastic blocks, or stacked leather "lifts". Each "lift is a pancake of sole leather and is usually 1/8-1/4 " thick.

The "toplift" is the layer of a heel that touches the ground. It can be leather or rubber or synthetic plastic of varying thickness and firmness. Leather is traditional but is slippery and wears quickly. Rubber has bounce and wears well but leaves marks on the floor. Toplifts of neoprene and other synthetic plastics wear well, leave no marks and are least slippery.

Heels may be wood, leather-covered plastic blocks, or stacked leather "lifts". Each "lift is a pancake of sole leather and is usually 1/8-1/4 " thick.

The "toplift" is the layer of a heel that touches the ground. It can be leather or rubber or synthetic plastic of varying thickness and firmness. Leather is traditional but is slippery and wears quickly. Rubber has bounce and wears well but leaves marks on the floor. Toplifts of neoprene and other synthetic plastics wear well, leave no marks and are least slippery.