Repairing a pair of nice shoes can be an expensive proposition, depending on the brand of footwear and the cobbler you choose. However, most shoes are constructed in a similar manner, making them relatively straightforward to repair if you’re not afraid to get out some tools and go to work. Re-heeling that favorite pair of captoes or loafers yourself can save you significant money you can put toward that new pair you’ve been eyeing.
Turn the shoe over. Slide the tip of the standard or flat-head screwdriver between the sole and the squared-off section of the heel.
Loosen the old heel with your screwdriver, using care to not poke through the good part of your sole.
Wiggle the heel gently firmly to remove it from the shoe. Pull out any exposed nails with your pliers.
Sand away any residual adhesive from the sole. Clean up any remainder with the mineral spirits and cloth.