When it comes to stair remodeling, base shoes are an essential element. These decorative pieces serve to hide any gaps left over from drilling and installing, and can add a finishing touch to your staircase.
There are three types of base shoes to choose from: disc shoes, basic base shoes, and angled/rake base shoes.
Disc shoes are flat and slim, making them ideal for simple or modern designs. They don’t require a screw and can be secured in place with a small dab of epoxy.
Basic base shoes are flat and have a square design, making them suitable for all styles of staircases, from traditional to modern. They typically use a set screw to tighten to the baluster, but we recommend using a dab of epoxy for a more permanent setup. These can be used on the bottom or on the top of your railing, under the handrail.
Angled/rake base shoes are similar to flat base shoes, but are specifically designed for use on angled surfaces. The average staircase has a 36 degree pitch, and these shoes are designed to fit that angle perfectly. They also have some wiggle room to accommodate a couple degrees in either direction. If your stairs have a different angle, you can adjust the angle of the shoe by notching out a small area where it would sit, or by sanding it down on a belt sander. These shoes can also be used on the bottom or on the top under the rail.