Moldings & More
Shoe plates, also called shoe rails or landing tread, are the horizontal piece that sits on the floor into which the balusters and posts are attached. They are often the linear continuation of the false tread caps running up the sides of a staircase. Shoe plates and shoe mouldings provide another dimension and the bottom boundry of the balustrade with their accompanying mouldings treads and optional aprons. They come in a variety of sizes and profiles to accommodate numerous situations. They can be as simple as basically a finished board to a detailed profile plowed for balusters and fillet. The width is an important consideration as to whether the shoe plate will butt into the newel post or if it is wider than the post base which can sit on top of it. Read more information about Mouldinngs and Aprons below.
Mouldings are used throughout the balustrade, as an additional piece to shoe plates to finish the corner between the wall and the floor. There are many different profiles available for uses as varied as box newel post recessed or applied paneling, wainscoting or paneled walls and for aprons.