Actually, I'm attempting to modify the pattern you used to my stitch count. I will use a lifeline before I start the short rows. I looked again at the pattern's photo and read through the pattern and I think I understand it. The big difference between this and the faux heel flap I've been doing is that those short rows make a little rounded part that goes round the bottom of the heel. I think. I'd love to see a close up of your heels but if you've other things to do (really? LOL) don't worry about the round tuit. I made some notes in my blog thread already and will add to them as I progress with my attempts to conquer this heel variation.
Droopage, if you coined the word you deserve recognition for it. It's a great word. The girdle is good too. My comment about foot fitting and not getting droopage might not apply to the yarn you're using. I looked later at the yarn, it's just to drool over!
Yes, short rows make great toes, they are useful in many places including heels but heels really need more yarn in them. My short row heels aren't holding up very well, the strain on the stitches makes them look thin and worn, the Fleegle heel is fine with no real signs of wear but it just doesn't feel as good as the cushy flap at the back.