Shoes are typically necessary for a remodel or new construction project. The top end of the baluster had a rounded dowel tip that easily glides into the round pre-drilled hole on the underside of your handrail. However, the balusters are squared-off at the bottom end. If you put a square baluster into a round pre-drilled hole in the stair tread and/or balcony, you end up with a "gap" on each side of the baluster. The purpose of the shoe is to decoratively cover up that gap, and also cover any unsightly scarring of the wood from removing previous balusters. The shoe is typically used just at the bottoms of the balusters, however, many customers also appreciate the symmetry created by using a shoe at the top of the baluster as well. The shoe(s) give the baluster a completed look.
For shoes sold with our solid baluster finishes (Satin Black, Black Bronze, Vintage Copper, and Textured Bronze), the outside diameter of the flat S-2 shoe is 1-9/16". For shoes sold with our tubular baluster finishes (Smooth Black, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Oil-Rubbed Copper, Copper Vein, Silver Vein, Ash Grey) the outside diameter of the flat S-2 shoe is 1-5/16". Inside hole diameter is 1/2", to be used with any 1/2" non-hammered series baluster, such as Twist and Basket Series, Versatile Series, Scroll Series, Ribbon Series.