Shoe Lift Blog by Lilburn Shoe

Correcting a Leg Length Discrepancy or LLD is needed when there is a significant difference between the lengths of limbs. It may be as much as several centimeters or inches, and it’s likely most noticeable in legs. For this difference some people have great success getting a custom shoe lift or a custom heel lift, other opt for bone-shortening or lengthening Read More

What is a leg length discrepancy? 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 Read More.

Diabetic Neuropathy has been my primary focus because the problems were obvious, and you could see the results fairly quickly. I would estimate that 80-90% of the results were positive, but Full-Length orthotics on the other hand, not so much!

Most orthotics are functional or in other words are designed to control abnormal motion, which requires the device to be thicker and more Read More.

“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  Read More

A shoe lift is an external shoe elevation on footwear which lifts the heel and the ball of the foot. A shoe lift can be an internal heel lift or external custom shoe lift depending on the height of the lift. External elevations and heel lifts involves splitting the existing sole on the shoe, adding the lift, the result Read More.

Shoe repair eases the burden on the environment by keeping the shoes in service for years instead of going to the landfill. According to a congressional report, you create a natural, custom fit when you continually wear a pair of shoes. 

This natural, custom fit helps to distribute your body weight evenly, which can help to improve your posture, make you feel more comfortable, and it also contributes to your Read More.

Years ago, customer with a 2” external shoe lift sent me a shoe with a brown upper and a vanilla-colored sole. In most cases the idea was to match the elevation to the color of the existing sole. This customer requested that the 1” layer be brown in color to Read More.

Did you know that slip-on shoes are too tight? If they weren’t they’d be called slip-offs! Your feet are dynamic, a shoe is static. A slip-on shoe utilizes the spreading of your foot to force the heel into the Heel Seat of the shoe. “Penny Loafers” have that band where the “Penny” goes for reasons other than showing off that Read More.

Grey and White Shoe Lift - Left-min. A picture for Lilburn Shoe Repair & Pedorthic of a handmakes shoe lift to correct a leg length discrepancy.

Did you notice that Grandpa seems to get a little shorter every year at Thanksgiving? Have you noticed that your feet get bigger as time goes by? They don’t change in size, necessarily. But feet may get wider, not longer, as we age. There is a reason for Read More.


Do you ever feel like you’re walking a tightrope, constantly trying to find your balance? Well, maybe it’s not just your coordination. Believe it or not, different leg lengths can play an important role in how our bodies work and how it affects our daily lives. From influencing posture and joint Read More.

Usually, a leg length discrepancy (LLD) of 2 cm or less is not a functional problem. But when this gap becomes uncomfortable or causes pain, surgeons often recommend external shoe lifts as an alternative to surgery. Shoe lifts can a help equalize leg length and are the best Read More.

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


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”.

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

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.