Heel, He'll, or Heal?

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
What is the difference between heel, he'll, and heal?

A heel is the back part of a foot. To heel means to fit or renew the back part of a show or boot. For example:
  • I have blisters on my heels.
  • My black shoes need heeling.
He'll is a contraction of he will. For example:
  • He'll arrive at 3pm.
To heal means to make something sound or healthy again. For example:
  • Has your scar healed?

Heel, He'll, or Heal?

The words to heel, he'll, and heal all sound identical, but they have different meanings.


The noun heel is the back part of a foot. It also describes the raised back part of a shoe. The verb to heel means to fix or renew the back part of a shoe or a boot. It is also an instruction given to animals (usually dogs) to follow closely behind their owner. For example:
  • I haven't found a heel that's been too high for me yet.
  • I'm teaching my dog how to heel.
  • (Here, heel is a verb.)


He'll is a contraction of he will. For example:
  • What's special about Superman is that he'll always make the right choice.
  • He'll go down in history as one of our finest leaders.


The verb to heal means to make healthy, whole, or sound. For example:
  • If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.
  • We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.
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