On the order form is where you indicate what height you need for your custom shoe lift you need. If you know you need a specific custom shoe lift height added at certain points (ball and heel) you will be able to indicate that on the order form in the shoe drawing boxes.
You can also leave it blank we will use our expertise to appropriately roll and taper the shoe with the size custom shoe lift you require.
Step #2 - Print the FREE Shipping Label
By filling out a few simple pieces of information you will be on your way to getting your custom shoe lift. This will allow you to print your shipping label in minutes.
*Make sure you write down the tracking number or you can email yourself the PDF and then print it, this will provide you with a copy of the tracking number.
Step #3 - Pack-up & Ship Your Shoes
- Use the SMALLEST box possible to ship only the shoe that you need the external-shoe-lift added too.
- Reusing a box is acceptable if all markings are removed or covered.
- Make sure you tape it up well and complete over the label with tape so that if the package gets wet the ink will not run.
- Drop the package off at the Post Office, put the package in your mailbox, or you can schedule a pick-up online.
- Call USPS (Call 1-800-ASK-USPS® (800-275-8777) to schedule over the phone.
- Please note we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen packages. There is no insurance included with the free shipping label.
Custom Shoe Lift: Competed
We will send you an email confirmation that will include tracking when your custom shoe lift is on its way back to you.
Remember to check our hours of operation on our contact page for any holiday closings that may affect the turnaround time on your shoe.
Perfict Fit Promise
- We have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- We want you to be completely happy with your custom shoe lift. If you don’t love it, we will work with you to get it right!
- If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Note – Dr. Martens are not the best shoe to elevate because of the material that the sole is made out of. This material does not take glue very well increasing the chance of the lift pulling apart. For this reason, we cannot guarantee them.
Saving your back & knees one custom shoe lift at a time!
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Custom Shoe Lifts & Modifications
OUR ADD-ON SERVICES
Each external custom Shoe Lift or Heel lift is Different
partially hollowing out the external custom shoe lift resulting in lighter weight, added shock absorption, and a more flexible feel.
or $25.00 W/Lift
permanent, external modification to the mid-sole and out-sole to widen the base of support on the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) portion of the shoe
or $25.00 W/Lift
or inner heel wedge is a heel flanged at its base either in the middle, to the side, or a combination, that is then extended upward to the shoe in order to stabilize extreme positions of the hind foot.
or $25.00 W/Lift
is a permanent, external modification to the mid-sole and outsole in which material is added and the flex point, stiffens the shoe, (rocking chair effect), and limits motion for the relief of arthritis.
or $25.00 W/Lift
Medial orLateral Wedge
A wedge is typically used to help eliminate, rolling or rotating inward or outward at the foot or ankle to accommodate supination or pronation. (inversion/eversion)
We also offer an external shoe lift removal; this is where we will remove the elevation and restore the shoe to its original height.
Most frequent questions and answers
No, you do not. You simply need to know how high of a heel lift or shoe lift you require.
Starting the day, we receive your shoes, most cases take about week to have your custom shoe lift ready to ship back to you. *Please check our hour of operation for any holiday closings that may affect the turnaround time on your shoes.
Yes, please see our external shoe lift page
We always recommend seeing a medical professional to get the correct amount that is going to work best for you. A doctor or chiropractor can measure your leg length difference, or you can use blocks of known height to even out the pelvis. This method will give you your functional leg length measurement but could be different to your actual leg length difference. You can check out our Blog post about “How to Measure for a Leg Length Discrepancy”.
We are accredited by The American Board for Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics. They did an external, independent review of our organization against nationally-accepted standards and its own policies, procedures, processes and outcomes.
A Pedorthist is the to title of a professional who has specialized training to modify footwear and employ supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs.
Yes, we can remove and restore the shoe to close to original condition
Your credit card will be charged only after your shoe to build up has arrived at our shoe lift facility and your order has been evaluated and any pricing adjustments approved by you.
Yes, we do a lot of external shoe lift or heel lifts less that 1/4″. Even on sandals or flip flops.
Our Pedorthist have so much experience that it is very rare we get a shoe we can’t add a heel lift or an external shoe lift too. You can email a picture of the shoe and we can let you know if it’s a good chose or not.
In most cases we try to match the existing color of the sole to your custom shoe lift. Adding color incorporates into the lift colors matching the upper or part of the upper. (See picture gallery). This works well on athletic shoes and dress shoes. This is used more in higher lifts to minimize the appearance of the lift itself. This is more effective in light colored soles, as the lighter colors tend to be more noticeable. Black and darker colors are less noticeable and, in most cases, don’t require color but can be more attractive if the color matches part of the shoe.
Our craftsman is a Certified Pedorthist with over 30 years’ experience as a shoe repairman as well. A Pedorthist is the title of a professional who has specialized training to modify footwear and employ supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs.
Yes, but you would be responsible for shipping.
No, unfortunately shoe lifts are not a reimbursable expense from insurance companies.
No, we offer free shipping on all of our services accept shoe repair.
Measuring a leg length Discrepancy (Shoe Lift)
What is LLD
A Leg length discrepancy (LLD) is also known as short leg syndrome, leg length insufficiency, leg length deficiency or anisomelia is when your legs are of unequal lengths.
Sometimes a Leg length discrepancy (LLD) can exist from birth, or it can be developed in adult life. Short leg syndrome in most cases is the actual leg bones that are of different lengths or in is the placement or position of the hip socket.
The lifestyle of the individual can play a role in determining whether the leg length discrepancy becomes symptomatic. The leg length discrepancy can cause abnormal and excessive stress on the hip, knee, spine, sacroiliac joint, and the surrounding muscles.
Leg length discrepancy (LLD) affects up to 90% of the general population, so a lot of people have a small degree of leg length discrepancy. The larger differences can affect your quality of life by causing pain in your back, hip, knees, or ankles. It can also hurt your walking posture.
How to measure for a Custom Shoe Lift
We always suggest that you get measured for a custom shoe lift by a professional like your doctor or chiropractor. You can also check with a local shoe repairman that also does shoe lifts because in the most cast he or she can measure you as well.
Radiography is considered the gold standard for measuring LLD. The direct clinical method measures the distance using a tape measure between two anatomical points while lying in a supine position.
First, you will need to get several wood blocks or other firm materials of varying known thicknesses. It is best to have a couple of various sizes that you can combine to determent your leg length discrepancy.
Next place them under the short limb.
Then you will need to stand in front of a mirror.
After that place your hands on your hips. When the height is correct, the hand on the shorter side will appear to be still slightly shorter.
This is for clearance reasons during the normal gate. You can measure yourself either under the heel or the entire foot. Whichever way is a personal preference in the function and feel of the lift?
Consequently, some lifts are higher in the back (1″ heel, 1/4″ ball) not uncommon. You should try out both ways to see which way makes you feel the best.
The longer a person lives with a leg length discrepancy, the less likely he or she will be able to tolerate a full correction immediately. It may also feel more comfortable with just a heel lift versus a lift spanning the entire length of the shoe.
Once you determine how much of a shoe lift you need, you then need to decide how best to apply it. There are certain advantages and disadvantages to using either internal or external heel lifts.
Internal heel lifts:
Putting a simple heel lift inside the shoe has some advantages. Besides it is more aesthetically pleasing, you only need one lift and then you can move it from shoe to shoe. But there is a limit as to how much lift is put in your shoe before affecting fit. You can only put so much of a lift inside a shoe before the heel starts to come out of the shoe. We only suggest up to 1/4”.
External Custom Shoe lifts:
If a shoe lift measurement is greater than 1/4″ you will problem need an external shoe modification. The advantage of this is the shoe fit remains the same. Although some people may worry about the cosmetics look of the shoe lift, it does ensure a better fit and overall function.
Thing to note
Also, you should know that the external custom shoe lifts will wear down over time, so you will need to have them resolved. On high-heel shoes, like cowboys and lady’s heels, we can lower the longer leg side instead of building up the short leg side.
You can also think about doing both internal and external custom shoe lifts when the lift is 1/2″ to 1”, but this is once again personal preference.
A combination of measurements can provide more insight into how high of a shoe lift you need to start with, but you may need to do some adjusting and over time you should remember that your shoe lift measurements could change over time.