A picture of a bee honeycomb. Lilburn Shoe Repair & Pedorthic handmakes shoes lifts to correct a leg length discrepancy.

Honeycombing an External Shoe Lift

Honeycombing describes the process of creation holes within the material used for the shoe lift. It looks a lot like a bee’s honeycomb in appearance. These holes decrease the weight and volume of the lift material without significantly decreasing its strength.

“Honeycombing” an elevation is an ideal way to decrease the weight of higher elevations. It will also create more shock absorption, and flexibility for runners. However, it can also slightly reduce the durability in a running shoe.

A leg length discrepancy that are 3/4” or more are not going to have much flexibility, (bending of the upper), therefore Honeycombing would only be applied to decrease the weight of the shoe elevation. We always recommend “Honeycombing “on taller custom shoe lifts.

Keep in mind that your shoe not bending isn’t always a bad thing! This means that your foot is not bending also, in turn this can help those who suffer from arthritis, or hallux rigidus, (big toe won’t bend), or severe bunions. Some people need this modification it is call a Rigid Rocker Sole. 

If you need 1/4″ or less, you should check into an internal heel lift.

Benefits of Honeycombing

  • Weight Reduction: The main benefit of honeycombing a shoe lift is the reduction of weight. Removing material from the lift without endangering the integrity helps make the shoe more comfortable.
  • Shock Absorption: The structure of the honeycomb design can offer improved shock absorption. This can make walking or running more comfortable.
  • Flexibility: The honeycomb pattern also adds a certain degree of flexibility, making the modified shoe more moldable to the foot’s movement.

The Process honeycombing a shoe lift is quite simple the Pedorthist will evaluates the shoe and determines if the amount (height) of lift needed will benefit from being honeycombed.

Conclusion: Honeycomb for a shoe lift modification is a great solution for people needing substantial lifts without the burden of extra weight. The honeycomb pattern ensures that even though material is being removed the strength and functionality will still remain. For individuals with leg length discrepancies, this can mean a more comfortable, flexible, and lightweight shoe lift.


Most frequent questions and answers

Starting the day, we receive your shoes; most cases take about week to have them 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.

No, you do not. You simply need to know how high of a heel lift or shoe lift you require.

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.

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 it or if you are in the area please stop by and we can measure for you.

Yes, we can remove and restore the shoe to close to original condition

 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.

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.

Our Pedorthist have so much experience that it is very rare we get a shoe we can’t add an internal heel lift or an external custom 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.

Yes, we do a lot of external custom shoe lift or internal heel lifts less that 1/4″. Mostly on sandals or flip flops.

In most cases we try to match the existing color of the sole. 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.

No, unfortunately custom shoe lifts are not a reimbursable expense from insurance companies.

No, we offer free shipping on all of our services accept shoe repair.

Yes, but you would be responsible for shipping.


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Based on 116 reviews
Sandy Marr
Sandy Marr
I am so glad I found this place! I have used them many times over the past few years, and was extremely satisfied with the results each time. They make the ordering and shipping process so easy and convenient. Your shoes are returned to you in a short amount of time, and the final product is amazing!
Jeff Platt
Jeff Platt
Just got my shoe back from Lilburn Shoe. Another fantastic job! So far they've done 6 shoes for me and every one's been great. Very professional matches the original. They make it easy to order online, print the free shipping label and send it. They let you know when they get the shoe and when they are shipping it back. Average timing for me has been around 10 days. I've tried a few other places online but the quality and detail to match the originals not there. Way to go Buddy L!!!! Very Satisfied in the Pocono Mts
John Gregg
John Gregg
Very professional workmanship!
I just rec'd my shoe back today and it looks GREAT! Expertly done craftmanship. Buddy does fantastic work. He is very knowledgeable and very down to earth to speak with. His experience shows in both his work and dedication to making the customer feel comfortable with their shoes. Thank you! Signed, Keith, a satisfied customer! Update 10/11/23: Photo is of most recent shoe that Buddy did for me. Looks great! Feels great! Perfectly aligned.
Kelley Peter
Kelley Peter
Super easy online ordering... quick and hassle free and best of all, the workmanship is top notch! I had a 3/4" external lift added for leg length discrepancy... impressive attention to detail!!! 10/11/23: Adding another amazing lift! The color of the sole is a exact match - Soooo thankful!
Regina Murphy
Regina Murphy
This is my first time using Lilburn. The work done on my two left shoes is perfect. The sole was cut off and then the lift glued on and the the original sole put back. They look absolutely perfect. Thank you!!!
Freeda M. Shelley
Freeda M. Shelley
As a Designer, I've discovered many talented people: some are Artisans and some are Technicians. Once in a while I am lucky to meet someone who is both. Buddy, you are one of those people. Each shoe with its matching and unnoticeable shoe lift is a technical work of art-wish I knew about you before I had other shoes ruined by well meaning but not technically or artistically talented. Your now loyal customer, Dina
Steffanie Gray
Steffanie Gray
This is by far the best company for lifting shoes and I have tried a lot! This company was a game changer for me. They put so much time in the details that your lift is hardly noticeable. Not only are they cosmetically appealing but the function remains unchanged. There hasn’t been a shoe/boot/snowboard boot/sandal they haven’t been able to address for me. I have lost count how many pairs I have sent to LiLburn. Wonderful company run by wonderful people.
David Johns
David Johns
Used this excellent service several times and the quality and durability for me is awesome! I would rate even higher!
Terry Eitmann
Terry Eitmann
They always do a great job on full lifts Had many golf shoes done before and also street shoes