The shoes on this page may appear similar, but the two sizes we carry, 1/2" and 9/16" have the same look, yet a slightly larger inside dimension. The actual "footprint" of the base of each shoes is the same though.
First, decide which balusters you would like to use. The 1/2" Balusters we carry are the following series, Twist and Basket, Versatile, Scroll (Except SC-09, SC-08), the Ribbon, and the balcony baluster. The 9/16" balusters (the Tuscany Series, and the Gothic Series) will use a 9/16" shoe. Please review some photos from the photo gallery in the about us category above. If you decide you like the look of using shoes on top, as well as bottom, then order accordingly. The rake of your stair, or the angle portion which ascends the stairs, will need an angle shoe on the underside of the rail. If you have a short wall running up the stairs where your current balusters install (A knee wall), you would need angle shoes for both the top and bottom.
The adhesive we carry is quite simply the perfect adhesive for this project. If you are installing yourself, we recommend purchasing the smaller epoxy product. This will avoid the requirement for an epoxy gun. If you are installing more than 50 though, we recommend purchasing the larger size. This epoxy adhesive will eliminate the need to tape the top of the balusters when gluing. It has a high viscosity similar to Vasoline. When used with metal balusters, the epoxy will have about a 5 minute set time to give you time to adjust.