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Below are some footwear fixing solutions to save your shoes!!
We came across this wonderful article on the muse.com and decided to share it on our blog! Below are all kinds of ways to deal with scuffed shoes, worn down heels, slippery soles and ill-fitted shoes!
If you are stuck with a scuff on your gorgeous nude pumps, read on:
Free: Gently rub an eraser over the scuff—it may help the mark to disappear into the shoe (try this tip on leather, not patent leather).
Cheap: For leather shoes, use shoe polish that matches the color of the leather to cover the mark up!, or a leather lotion, which gently cleans the shoe’s surface!
Costly: If it’s a bad scuff mark, or a really expensive pair of shoes,—head to the shoe repair shop.
If a heel is completely shot, your shoe repair shop can put on a new rubber cap, or replace the heel altogether! But to prevent the wear and tear in the first place, try:
Free: Alternate shoes throughout the week.The rate of wear is accelerated if you wear the same pair of shoes over and over again, so if you really love a pair of shoes, only wear it every few days.
Cheap: Have your shoemaker put rubber taps on your shoes. These little rubber gems will protect the toe and heel from wearing down.
Costly: If you do a lot of walking, get a plastic Heeler- It fits snuggly onto high heels without damaging them, and prevents you from slipping into sidewalk cracks or subway grates—and you simply remove them when you get to your destination.
Smooth, Slippery Soles
To prevent smooth, slippery soles-
Free: Rub the soles of your shoes against a rough surface (i.e. coarse sandpaper, a rough patch of sidewalk, or an unsurfaced or stony driveway), to put some traction on them.
Cheap: Buy a bottle of cheap aerosol hairspray, spray it on the soles of your shoes, and let dry. A little stickiness goes a long way in preventing you from slipping and sliding.
Costly: Ask the shoemaker to add a sole protector—a piece of ribbed rubber placed on top of the smooth sole.
Too Tight or Uncomfortable
If you’re stuck with a pair that just doesn’t quite fit, try these tips:
Free: Remember that your feet tend to swell throughout the day, so save any pairs that are too tight for days you won’t be on your feet for hours. To prevent buying too-tight shoes in the first place, test them out on a hard surface. (Ever noticed that most shoe salons are carpeted? What an ingenious ploy to make us believe that the shoes feel great!)
Cheap: If your shoes are just too snug to wear, take them to your shoemaker for a quick stretch—sometimes it’s all you need to make them more comfortable.
Costly: Gel Insoles —made for sneakers, flats, high heels, and now open-toe shoes—are a lifesaver for uncomfortable shoes. The layer of gel cushioning goes inside the shoe, offering an extra layer of protection between your foot and the sidewalk.