Edge Setter

Tend machines that polish and shape edges of heel lifts and shoe soles.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Edge Setters do?

Tends machine that polishes and shapes edges of heel lifts and shoe soles through vibrating action of heated irons: Selects irons according to thickness of heel lift or sole and clamps them in chuck of machine. Turns dial to heat and regulate temperature of irons, according to work ticket. Pushes lever that rotates chuck to bring heel lift or sole into working position. Presses and guides heel or sole against vibrating iron to burnish edges. May brush, dye, ink, or wax edges. May be designated according to part burnished as Edge Setter, Heel Lift.


Should I be an Edge Setter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Edge Kitter, Edge Setter, Heel Lift

    How to become an Edge Setter

    Edge Setters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Edge Setter-related education!
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