Oversize Shoes? DIY Shoe Fillers

Oversize shoes can be a nightmare. In this post, you learn different things to do to an  oversize shoe.

Use an Insole

Insoles are a must have shoe accessory. It offers both comfort and take up extra space making the shoes the right fit. Insoles are perfect for every shoe type.

Use an Elastic Band

How well can you sew? For this hack, you’ll need elastic bands (for each shoe), a needle and thread. Be sure to use a very strong elastic band.

The elastic band is sewn inside the back of the shoe. This enables you to constrict the shoes giving you a tighter fit. This method can be used in combination with the water method below.

Use Water to Shrink the Shoes

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The process is simple. Get the shoes wet. Let the shoes dry in the sun or use a hair dryer. Repeat until the desired fit is gotten. This process however has some clause;

  • For leather or suede shoes, use a spray bottle to get them wet. For casual/athletic shoes, soak in water (not for long!)
  • Do not hold the hair dryer very close to the shoes. Some shoes can melt or burn.
  • Condition the shoes( leather and suede) after you have gotten the right fit.

Use Thick Socks

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This hack is applicable to shoes that actually require socks such as athletic shoes and boots.

In the absence of thick socks, you can wear multiple socks. This is not suitable for warm or very hot weather as it can make you very uncomfortable.

Use Wadded-up Materials

This is the basic go-to hack that almost everyone uses. Wadded-up materials are materials such as cotton balls, toilet paper or even thin rags. Remember, you are to use just one type of material not all (lol!😂)

These are stuffed to fill inside the space at the tip of the shoes. It’s best for flats, boots or closed-toed heels especially if you feel your feet sliding when walking.

Note; this hack is not suitable for athletic conditions or very long walks as the material used to stuff the shoes can get gross and uncomfortable.

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Shoe Ideas for Different Events

 

There are 3 key things to consider when planning your fashion itinerary for an event.

  1. The color of your shoe
  2. The kind/theme of event
  3. The weather and season of the year.

Here are different shoe types you can wear to any event of your choice.

  • Interviews

Prior to the interview date, you should have done an in depth research into the dress code for the company. If you are opting for a business formal look or a business casual or a professional creative look.

The shoe types that can go with these looks are brown or black brogues- for men; or black or brown leather shoes for ladies. Grey, navy or red are applicable in their context. A close-toe, low-heeled pumps are great for interviews as they give off a professional look

  • Outdoor Events

Events such as garden parties or book reading clubs are semi formal hence the professional colours may not cut it here. Sneakers, flats or ankle high boots are good to go.

Remember at events like this, you are bound to move about. Hence, endeavour to put on comfortable shoes that will not hamper your movement.

Low heels can also be worn to outdoor events too.

  • Seminars and Conferences

These are corporate meetings organized with the aim of providing attendees with relevant information that will be delivered by speakers.

Low heels or closed pump will be great to wear to these events. Men should opt for very comfortable leather shoes or booty as you don’t want to deal with blisters or sore feet from ill-fitting shoes as you will do a lot of networking on your feet.

  • Theme Parties

These are events that decorate to a special topic such as Valentine’s Day or Halloween. For parties such as this, some are already color selective example Valentine’s Day that has it’s universal color as red.

Men can wear suede, loafers or derby shoes or go casual with sneakers. Ladies can opt for peep toes, platform shoes, kitten heels or any other shoe of your choices.

  • Weddings

As the bride, you have to opt for chic and elegant shoes. The location of your wedding determines your shoe choices. For beach weddings, sandals or slides can suffice. Flatforms are great to for beach weddings  too.

For black tie affairs, you ditch the flats for heels. The height of course is up to you. The groom can opt for oxford or brogues in black patent leather or black leather.

So, whatever the event, remember to apply the rules stated earlier; the color of the shoe, the type of shoe as well as the weather conditions. Go out there and rock!

 

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Suede Problems? DIY Hacks to the Rescue!

“If you take suede leather and put it on a piece of steel and put moisture on it, it actually sticks” Nik Wallenda.

Suede is a type of leather that has underground stress, tear and distress to enable it achieve its classic-felt like look. It’s for these reasons that suede is less water repellant than leather.

Because Suede requires much more level of attention than leather shoe, we have highlighted a few tricks to help you handle suede problems;

  • Wet Suede

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Remove the shoe and dry in open air slowly. Do not put the shoes in sunlight or next to a heater as this can cause the suede to warp or crack. Do not try to remove any stains while the shoe is wet too. This can strip the shoes of its soft texture.

  • Muddy or Dirty Suede

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To remove dirt or mud, use either of these brushes; a suede brush, a gentle nylon brush, a nail brush or a toothbrush.

Brush away any mud or dirt by gently working with the nap (i.e. the direction of the suede hairs). Remember not to scrub or wipe suede shoes when wet.

  • Old and Dried Up Suede

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To revive an old or dried up suede shoe, massage the fibers back into place using a suede brush. Start of by working in small circles; by massaging each area until the fiber of the shoe is soft and glowing.

  • Oil Stained Suede

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For oil stained suede shoes, apply talcum or cornstarch powder. Dust the stained area with cornstarch or talcum powder and allow the shoe to sit overnight.

Afterward, using a dry brush gently wipe away the talcum powder or cornstarch. A little bit of moisture would be needed to remove all the powder. To conclude, make use of a suede brush to return the nap to its normal direction.

  • Ink Stained Suede

You remove ink stains with cotton balls and 91% alcohol. Simply blot away the ink by rubbing alcohol to the affected area and allow to dry. A suede shoe eraser can then be used to remove any leftover stains once dry.

  • Watermarked or Stained Suede

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If your suede shoe is stained with watermarks, water-based stains (juices, drinks, etc) or salt stains, use a suede eraser.

In the absence of a suede eraser, a sturdy pencil eraser can suffice. When removing stains, scrub gently in a circular motion.

A nylon, suede or lint brush can be used to gently comb the fabric back into place.

  • Salt Stained Suede

This hack is great for shoes stained with salt. In the absence of a suede shoe eraser, an equal mixture of white vinegar and warm water would suffice.

Remember the rule; to gently wipe away the stains with the mixture. This can be done either with a sponge or a toothbrush. This hack can be used to clean suede shoes stained with chocolate or wine. It is not to be used for mud or oil stains.

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5 Things to do to a soaked Leather Shoe

This rainy season, the first thing you want to avoid is soaked leather shoes.

It is essential to note that most leather shoes might never fit properly if left soaked for 12 to 24 hours. Hence, strive to dry soaked leather shoes as soon as possible.

This blog post focuses on 5 quick tips to undertake when your leather shoe is soaked in rain water.

 

  • Take off the drenched shoes and Clean

 

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When you get home, the first thing to do is to take off the shoe and remove the insoles of the shoe (if  removable), and dry. Then gently wipe off any standing water. If the shoe picked up dirt or mud even while dredging through puddle of water, it is important to clean off the dirt or mud.

The dirt can be removed with a stiff brush and clean all dirt off of the shoes. For mud, dab and wipe them down with a rag first and then use a stiff brush to really get inside of the nooks and crannies of the shoes.

Make use of acid free tissue paper or old newspaper and stuff the shoes to absorb the moisture. Leave the shoes in a lighted but not in a warm area after stuffing the shoes. Change the paper at least three times a day. These papers help to hold the shoe in proper shape.

 

 

  • Dry the Shoes

 

Allow the shoes to dry naturally with air and dry the shoes to the point of being damp but not dry. To facilitate proper air circulation, the shoes should be turned to their sides; never sole down to reduce drying time.

Avoid the use of electrical heat such as heat from hair dryers or heaters. This causes the leather to be warped and twists the shoe out of shape.

 

  • Condition the Shoes

 

The next step after drying is to condition the shoes. This is to be done while the leather is slightly wet (i.e. just damp). Apply to the shoes a reasonable amount of thick leather coat of leather conditioner.

Massage the conditioner into the surface of the leather and leave it to dry for several hours or overnight. The conditioner will penetrate the leather and replenish the natural oils that got stripping when the shoe got wet.

 

  • Protect and Prepare the Shoes

 

After conditioning, if the shoe still seems overly dry in places, apply additional conditioners to those areas. Buff the entire surface of the leather shoe too.

To prevent the total erosion of the oils in the leather due to the uncertainty of the weather, water and stain repellant should be applied to the shoes before it gets soaked again. Avoid getting your shoes soaked regularly.

 

  • Reshape the Shoe

 

After the shoe has been dried, conditioned and protected, the shoe has to be reshaped. Ensure to make use of a natural cedar shoe tree to restore the shape. If you don’t have one, now is a time to purchase one.

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5 Shoe Designs for Kids

Although there are a plethora of shoes that abound in the world, not every shoe type is great for a child to wear.

Here are 5 amazing shoe types that your kid would rock and still come out looking as fashionable as possible.

  • Sandals

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Sandals are an open type of footwear and may or may not have a heel. For kids, sandals without heels are more preferred as they protect the bones of the ankle of the child sprain and all what not. Sandals are appropriate for the warm weather as it helps to keep the child’s feet cool and dry. The various types of sandals great for kids are velcro or T-shaped sandals. These can be easily worn by the kids without parental guidance.

  • Trainers

 

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These are also called sneakers, athletic shoes, tennis shoes, gym shoes, sport shoes or runners. These were primarily designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise such as running, dancing and jumping. If you have kids that are very physical, this is the footwear to procure for them.

The various types of trainers are high-tops, low-tops, sneaker boots and so much more. These come in different sizes, colours and brands. Trainers are great as they have the ability to absorb impact.

  • Ballet Flats

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These are also called Dolly shoes or simply flats. They are inspired by the actual woman ballet dancer’s shoes. These are great for outdoor activities; such as picnics, birthday parties and carnivals. Ballet flats are known to have rubber soles as they offer extra comfort to the feet of the kids.

  • Slides

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These are great stay-at-home footwear for the kids as they are backless and open-toed. Slides can be either high-heeled or flat-heeled or somewhere in between. Since it’s going to be worn by kids, flat-heeled slides are recommended.

Slides give a sport look when worn and they are apt for a walk in the park,walk on the beach and so much more.

  • Flip-flops

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These are open shoes which are held in one’s feet by a strap that goes between the toes. They are mostly made of rubber. These are worn to achieve a very casual look for the kids. These can be worn to the beach or a walk along the park.

Kids have to avoid wearing flops for long as they can be very tough on the feet resulting in pains on the ankles, legs and feet. (more…)

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6 Ways to Lace Up Your Shoes

Shoe laces are important shoe accessories. It can literally switch up your attire when knotted properly.

We’ve highlighted amazing shoe lace ideas.  Read on!

Sawtooth Style

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This style is suitable for sporting or military use. In both scenario, if injuries occur, the upper laces can be easily cut through. Other benefits of this style are; it’s easier to tighten and the fit can be modified.

The way to achieve this is;

  • Begin straight across on the outside and in through the bottom eyelets.

    • The left end runs straight up on the inside, then straight across on the outside.

    • The right end runs diagonally up and left on the inside, then straight across on the outside. Repeat with alternate ends until one end reaches the top left eyelet.

    • The remaining end runs straight up on the inside and out through the top right eyelet.

Zipper Style

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This style is well suited for climbing boots, skates, boots or any footwear that requires firm support. The benefits of this style are; it holds the shoe very firm as well as gives the shoe a decorative look. Here is how to achieve this style:

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • The ends are looped under the laces where they feed under the sides of the shoe.

    • Cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

    • Repeat the looping and crossing and feeding out through the next higher eyelets until lacing is completed.

Loop Back Style

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Do you have shoes with thick round laces? This shoelace style is excellent on them especially light colored laces on dark coloured shoes. The beauty of this style is the fact that the shoelaces loop back on themselves rather than simply cross over each other.

This style gives the shoe a decorative look. However, this shoelace style wears the shoelaces out and causes the center line to shift. How to achieve this style, read below;

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • At each eyelet pair, the ends are given a half twist in the middle of the shoe before looping back and returning to the outside.

    • The ends are fed under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

    • Repeat until lacing is completed.

Ladder Style

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This style is suitable for high boots with many eyelets such as hiking boots. This style assures the wearer is stable while supporting the entire body weight. Here’s how to achieve this style;

  • Insert the shoelace into the first eyelets with the ends down
  • Pull both ends to make sure the shoelace ends are even
  • Run the ends straight up the sides and through the next (higher) set of eyelets 
  • Run the ends straight across, but under the vertical lace sections on the opposite side 
  • Continue running straight up and in through the next higher set of eyelets 
  • Repeat the last two steps until you reach the last eyelets

Bush Walk Style

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For even number of eyelet pairs on a shoe, this is the shoelace style to consider. It evens out the pressure on the feet and reduces sagging of shoes. If not done properly, the result could be a very messy look. These are the steps to achieve this look;

  • Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • The left (blue) end runs straight up on the outside, then straight across on the inside.

    • Both ends run straight up on the outside, each skipping one eyelet and feeding in two eyelets higher up.

    • Both ends continue straight across on the inside and out through the adjacent eyelets.

    • Alternate running up on the outside and across on the inside until the ends emerge through the top and second-from-top eyelets on the same side.

Double Back Style

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This shoelace is really stylish and holds the whole firmly. However, while trying to tighten, it can be terribly awkward. The good news is, different variations of the shoelaces, offer beautiful yet different looks on your feet. Here’s how to achieve this shoelace style;

• Begin straight across on the outside and in through the second-from-top set of eyelets.

• Cross the ends and feed in through the second-lower set of eyelets (skip past one set of eyelets).

• Continue down the shoe two sets of eyelets at a time.

• At the bottom, run each lace end vertically between the bottom and second-from-bottom eyelets.

• Double back and work back up the shoe, criss-crossing through the vacant sets of eyelets.

Now, you have 6 amazing styles to pick from. Let us know how helpful these styles were in the comment section of all our social media platforms.

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DIY- How to Make Shoe Racks at Home

 

Ever had this phrase ringing in your head, “I need a bigger shoe closet”. Why? Because you are a certified shoe addict. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not! In fact, it’s a great sign as you always think there’s room for one more pair.

What’s the solution to this? So many nice shoes yet we just have 2 feet. Well, one idea can be to keep purchasing storage closets. This can be very expensive and space consuming. This blog post offers 6 amazing DIY hacks to create and design your personal shoe racks that are truly less space consuming.

  • DIY Shoe Organizer and Command Center:

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For busy households, this hack is excellent. This hallway command centre has the added bonus of having added hanging baskets. If you have kids who are into sports, you might wanna consider this hack. It’s time saving as you spend less time picking up shoes after the kids.

  • DIY Floating Entryway Shoe Rack:

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To have enough space at the entrance of the front door, you should consider this hack. It could also be used for the back door for shoes. They are also so easy to build and it doesn’t consume so much space. You can also build as many racks as possible against the door. The number is determined by the size of the family, this way as many shoes as possible can be perfectly in place.

  • Wooden Spinning Shoe Carousel:

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Carousels are lovely to have in the home especially the spinning carousels. These can be built entirely from wood and completed in no less than few hours, depending on you. The advantages of this hack are; it does not take up space and you you can either build one yourself or order one online.

  • DIY Ladder Shoe Rack:

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This is super easy to make and it is perfect for storing several shoes at once. This rack, doesn’t occupy so much space. You can either decide to build a new ladder or make use of an old ladder. So, if you wanna get so many shoes in storage, this is the hack to use.

  • Bench and basket storage:

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This hack is suitable for the entryway to homes or mudrooms, most especially if you live in mud prone areas or you can build it easily for your bedroom. The items needed are just a bench and an appropriate storage basket- which can be a wicker basket or a tote. All is dependent on you.

  • DIY Cardboard Shoe Rack:

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This amazing rack is made from empty cardboard boxes. This hack is cheap, easy and you can use it to hold all of your shoes. It also helps to save space as you get to stack the shoe cubbies on top of each other. This hack enables your closet or bedroom to achieve a unique look. If you also have empty cardboard boxes, this hack is a creative way to upcycle these empty cardboard boxes.

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How to Store Shoes Long Term to Prevent Mold

To wear shoes is just one thing but maintaining and storing them is an art and it requires more than shoving all your shoes in a closet.

Proper shoe storage enables them to last longer, keeps them in a wearable state as well as prevents molds from growing on them. The indoor humidity or relative humidity should be 30% and 50% in the home. This threshold is suitable both for the occupants of the house and the shoes as humidity higher than this enable the growth of mold.

In this blog post, we have listed 8 ways to store shoes to prevent the growth of mold.

Using Silica Gel Packs

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To prevent the growth of mold, add a pack of silica gel to the shoe storage containers in order to remove dampness. Shoes that are light in weight and are made of fragile materials such as; espadrilles, summer shoes and cork soles tolerate molds very poorly. Hence, silica gel packs must always be in their storage containers.

Stuff shoes using acid-free tissues

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Acid free paper is an absorbent that protects the shoes from deterioration as well as maintain the shoes’ proper moisture level. Newspapers can also be used but they apply to short term storage. In the storage of boots long term, unbleached muslin fabric is recommended as it cleans residual moisture and protects the delicate sequins of the boots as well as the metal buckles from scratches.

Choose your Storage Unit with Care

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Opt for a high quality, moisture-resistant unit. This way, you are combating the moisture from developing in the first place. Storage containers are designed to handle different challenges. Buy the storage container that suits your need.

Avoid Wrapping shoes in Plastic

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Shoes need to breathe properly even while in storage. Wrapping leather and suede in plastic causes the shoes to be prone to mold attacks and the eventual discoloration of the shoes. Rather than wrapping in plastics, wrap the shoes in acid-free tissues.

Avoid Storing Shoes Wet

 

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Don’t put shoes in their shoe boxes or storage containers when damp. Wet shoes easily get moldy in storage; which gives the shoe a very bad smell. Place the shoes in a dry and ventilated area to let them dry out completely before you storage.

Maintain the Appropriate Temperature and Humidity

High humidity and low temperature support the growth of mold. In these conditions, the leather becomes brittle, the fabrics used in the production of the shoes weaken while the glues that holds the shoes loosen. In the same vein, the harsh treatment of shoes too causes instability to them.

Clean Shoes Properly before Storing them

Shoes stored with dirt, dust and other residues affect drastically the durability of the shoes, causing them to degrade, most especially suede and leather shoes.  These also serve as a great base for the growth of molds. To avoid these problems, clean the suede and leather shoes by brushing them with a soft non-scratchy brush to remove the dirt and dust. Stains can be removed using a special or leather cleaner.

Use shoe tree for storing shoes short term

For the prevention of creases and folds and to keep shoes in a wearable state as well as prevent molds from forming on them. Other factors that promote the growth of molds are gravity, aridity and humidity as well as the age of the material.

 

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5 Must Have Shoe Accessories

Accessories are like vitamins to fashion (Anna Dello Russo) and they are the perfect way to add something special to finish your look.

Shoe accessories are the unseen, unforgettable and ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure at any event or function you step into. Good shoe accessories are important and are becoming more and more important as each day passes.

There are several shoe accessories but we have put together 5 Must Have Shoe Accessories. They are;

Shoe Insoles

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The insole of a shoe is the inner part of a shoe that runs from underneath the shoe. It provides support to the base of the feet.  Insoles are also known as footbeds and inner soles. They offer the user even weight distribution on the feet, they provide arch support and help the feet to absorb shock.

The improper care of the foot can lead to a wide range of complications but it’s interesting to know that all these can be avoided by using this pair of accessory. The pads are made of gel or foam. The choice to use any is highly dependent on you.

Shoe Clips

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These are basically used to provide beauty to certain kinds of shoes.  Either court shoes or pumps made of leather materials. It is a common practice for brides to add this piece of accessory to their bridal shoes.

The shoe clips are available in different styles and colours. The clips could be made of rhinestones or synthetic pearls. They can also be gotten from the nearest jewelry store or ordered from an online store.

Shoe Decoration Charms

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These come in different styles and bear different insignias. There are different shoe charms for different shoe types. There are shoe charms for sneakers, high heels, crocs and so much more.

Running shoes would look so boring if they don’t have shoe decoration charms. You and your partner can have matching shoe charms too to add a bit of love to your romance!

Shoe Laces

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These are available in different sizes and width and come in different colours. You can spruce up your feet outlook by tying these laces in unique and amazing styles. So, who  says you gotta stick to just black and white shoe laces?

You can go bold, you can go bright and you can go colourful!

Shoe Socks

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This is sometimes perceived by some to be a fashion item or a piece of clothing that is usually worn on the feet. Socks most times, cover the ankle or some part of the calf.

In this article, we are dealing with socks covering the ankles as they could be worn with dress shoes or sneakers. Socks made from materials such as wool offer insulation to the feet as well as absorb sweat produced from here. They are a must have and are available in myriad colours and patterns.

Take advantage of our amazing offer this month of May and order any pair of #TFA shoes. It would be delivered to you in any location of your choice.  Because at #TFA, we are constantly inspired by tomorrow to do better and be better.

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5 Shoe Cleaning Hacks

The bane of every shoe owner is not the shoes getting old and worn out, no!  It’s the shoes becoming dirty. Most times we may try the conventional water and dry rag but this method doesn’t work for most shoes.

Here are 5 shoe cleaning hacks to help solve your problems.

  1.     Toothpaste And Water

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This hack is efficient for removing stains and grime from leather shoes and white soled sneakers easily. Coloured toothpaste may stain the soles rather than remove the stains. It is advisable to use plain white toothpaste. To carry out this hack, you are to

  • Use a new toothbrush and then squeeze whatever brand of plain white toothpaste you have on the toothbrush.
  • Apply water to the toothbrush, hence making it wet and then start scrubbing the dirty part of the shoe.
  • When you are certain it is sufficiently scrubbed, wipe off the shoe with a wet cloth.
  1.     Petroleum Jelly and q-tip

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Vaseline is mild and gentle on leather. To remove scuff marks on patent leather shoes, apply Vaseline on the shoes using q-tip (cotton bud). Vaseline helps to soften scuff marks as well as remove them from your shoes without any damage.

3. White vinegar and Water                                                    

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Water stains on boots can be an eyesore. So, to get rid of them, a solution of white vinegar and water would do the trick to ensure their instant removal.

4.Fingernail file and White Rubber Eraser

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These can be used to remove stains and dirt from suede shoes. They help buff away the fibers that is holding the stains and dirty shoes on the suede shoes.

5. Hair Conditioner and Boots.

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Hair conditioners do more than make the hair clean and shine. Leather boots can also shine and sparkle when shoe conditioners are used on them.

After cleaning your boots, they can be polished with small amounts of hair conditioners. The resulting effects would have the boots looking as new as possible. This is a killer right?

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