Friday, January 4, 2019

How to Choose the Right Shoe


Choosing your iron stair baluster from so many wrought iron designs can be difficult. The last thing most people think about is the shoes. Shoes, boots, caps, and bases are all names for the little piece of metal that goes at the bottom of the iron stair baluster. It’s primarily used to cover up the excess hole where the baluster sits. They can also be used to cover up imperfections in the tread where old wooden balusters used to sit. If it were as simple as having one shoe for all the iron stair balusters there would be no need for this article. There are however several shoes and picking the right one can make your stair railing look and work that much better.


The two most common of the shoes, ones I will focus the most on, will be what’s called your flat and tall shoe. Although they do differ slightly in looks the real difference comes from the set screw it does or does not have. The flat shoe (see below) has no set screw. What this means is that the only thing holding it in place will be your epoxy. Most shoes come in lite and solid. Lite are aluminum cast and weigh significantly less than their solid iron forged counterparts. Pictured on the left is solid and right is lite.  

 
Flat Shoe- No Set Screw
Name
SKU
Baluster size
Base Size
FSH01
2340
½”
1 ½”
H03
2341
9/16”
Mega-FSH08
2391
¾”
 1 ¾”
R08F (Solid Only)
2370
½” ROUND
1 9/16”

Tall Shoes (pictured below) have a set screw. It is recommended that you always use epoxy as the first mean of securing your shoe. The set screw acts as a second mean of keeping your shoe in place. This is especially important if you decide to put shoes on top in addition to the bottom. Pictured again is solid on the left and lite on right.
 
Tall Shoe- With Set Screw
Name
SKU
Baluster size
Base Size
M06
2342
½”
1 ¼”
H06
2915
9/16”
MEGA-M08
2392
¾”
1 9/16”

Pitch Shoes are another commonly used shoe. Typically used for a staircase with a closed stringer or pitch plate. Pitch shoes always come with a set screw to help secure them in place. Available in solid, pictured on the left, and lite on the right.

Pitch Shoe- With Set Screw
Name
SKU
Baluster Size
Base Size
PSH02
2350
½”
1 5/16”
H05P
2351
9/16”
MEGA-PSH08
2390
¾”
1 7/16”
R09P
2371
½” ROUND
1 5/16”

There are several specialty shoes for sale. The first are the universal shoes. They are called universal because the insert for the baluster contains a plastic sleeve that allows for either ½” or 9/16” balusters to be used. There is one round and two square universal shoes. The RM301 pictured third from the left has an extra-large base that is useful when having to cover up the marks left from old balusters.  The R10 pictured fourth from the left is the only shoe made for the 5/8” Venetian series baluster.    The SCR04 winged shoe comes with two screws what allow secure your shoe to the tread or plate.

   

                       
Specialty Shoes
Name
SKU
Baluster Size
Base Size
RM201
2331
½ or 9/16”
2”
SQ301
2929
½ or 9/16”
1 12/16”
RM301
2330
½ or 9/16”
2”
R10
2375
5/8”
1 ½”
SCR04
2910
½”
1 9/16”

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