Loakes shoes and boots are made around lasts which are carefully designed to ensure that there is the correct relationship between the height of the heel and the thickness of the sole. Consequently if this balance is disturbed then your Loakes shoes will distort and other undesirable consequences may result.
When the height of the heel of the shoes is increased then the thickness of the forepart must similarly be increased. Conversely if a leather or rubber sole is added to the forepart then a corresponding thickness should be added to the heel. It is therefore inadvisable to add thick rubber top-pieces to heels without first removing an equivalent amount so that the original heel height remains the same. Never reduce the height of heels because the shoe’s forepart obviously cannot be correspondingly reduced.
Attempts to compensate for increasing the heel height by increasing the thickness of the sole by either an entire sole replacement or by adding an extra layer may to some extent restore the balance of the shoe but will sometimes make the bottom just too thick, clumsy and rigid with results that may be as detrimental as when the balance is upset.
If the balance of a boot or shoe is thrown out of kilter by neglect of these precautions then undesirable distortions and strains are exerted during wear. These strains can easily alter the shape of the shoe making them lose their previous elegant lines. Excessive creasing in the forepart and accentuated upturned toes can occur leading to possible premature cracking of the leather and bursting of the fronts of Loakes shoes. These sorts of strains in ladies’ high-heeled shoes can actually cause the heels to break off.