DIY Repair Hacks for Shoes

This week our blog post will save you a trip to the cobbler with Do It Yourself hacks you can try at home.

  • Nail Polish On Small Nicks

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This hack is ideal for leather, patent leather and vinyl shoes. A dab of similarly coloured shoe polish goes a long way to cover up the nick on the shoe.

Another way to achieve this is to colour over the nick with a permanent marker and then seal with a coat of clear polish.

It doesn’t hurt to own nail polishes that are of the same colour as your shoes!

  • Frozen Ice Packs for Stretching of Shoes

Do you have undersized or tight fitted shoes? Then try this hack. You’ll need;

-Zip lock bags 

-water and

-Freezer (refrigerator)

Fill the zip lock bags with water that fits the tight shoes. Freeze the shoes with the bags in them. As a precaution, you should double the zip lock bags to avoid water seeping into the shoes.

After the shoes have been frozen, now try them on. They fit you perfectly right?

  • Fix Scratches and Scuffs

Leather shoes when they are new must be treated with a protective spray. This prevents scratches and scuffs.

To avoid these too, endeavour to waterproof your shoes regularly to protect them from stains, rain and spills. Sprays are best for leather, suede as well as other textile shoes while beeswax is suitable for sneakers.

  • Stop Sinking with Heel Guards

Why stumble and wobble when you walk on grass, gravel or other uneven surfaces?  You can use a heel cap to cover exposed spikes. You can also use a heel guard for more stability and poise at the next garden party.

Dumped any heels lately? Now’s the time to repair them!

  • Fasten Fallen Studs with Shoe Glue

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Shoes no longer look good when studs come off. To fix this, you need a shoe adhesive. This is better than regular gum as it offers flexibility when dry.

P.S For the best effect, always let the glue stay for 24 hours before wearing.

 

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Hacks to Remedy Dry and Chapped Feet

 

The rainy season is here. The season for us to ditch our shoes and sneakers (except they are made of rubber or highly waterproof) and opt for sandals or slippers.

 

However, there are some people who can’t make this change due to the state of their dry and cracked heels.

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Cracked heels is a condition that arises due to the occurrence of fissures in abnormally hard, dry skin over the heels of the feet. Dry and cracked heels is usually a source of worry but these blog post will provide you with useful hacks that will remedy this condition.

  • Avoid Prolonged Standing

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Prolonged standing puts undue pressure on the heels of the feet. The feet suffer more when you stand for long in inappropriate or undersized shoes. If your job requires you to stand for long, try to alternate between standing and sitting.

  • Avoid Thin-Soled Shoes

Thin soled shoes do not provide enough padding to the heel fat pad. If you own shoes like this, it is advisable you either ditch them or spruce them up with more padded soles.

People who are overweight have a greater tendency to have dry or cracked heels as the increased body weight increases the pressure on the normal fat cushion under the heel of the foot.

Replace thin soles of shoes with well padded shoes.

  • Treat all Skin Dryness Completely

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Eczema is an itchy skin condition that increases the dryness of the skin and makes the heels vulnerable to cracks. To combat this, you can moisturize daily with oil based moisturizers as they help the body retain moisture while removing unwanted moisture such as urea.

  • Avoid All Inappropriate Footwear

Walking or working in the wrong kind of footwear is not ergonomic to the feet whether you suffer from cracked heels or not. Always opt for shoes that have very cushioned and proper back. This means that the constant wearing of sandals and its similarities increase the chances of cracked heels. Another layer of soles could be added to these sandals while comfortable insoles could be used for shoes.

  • Use Pumice Stone to Exfoliate

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Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells. This could be done with various things but we recommend pumice stones. The exfoliation could be done during pedicure or while having one’s bath. Be gentle on the heels of the feet and remember to moisturize the feet after exfoliation.

 

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Hacks to Remedy Sweaty Feet

Excessive sweaty feet is a genetic problem that seems to be inherited by more men than women. It is also called hyperhidrosis. It’s a condition that is more common in young adults than older adults too.

The effect of sweaty feet are but not limited to;

-feet odour

-shoe odour

-soggy socks

To combat this, you can employ one or more of these hacks;

  • Apply Foot Antiperspirant

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A strong antiperspirant for the feet is recommended as a means to stop unwanted sweating. If you have sweaty feet, this is a must have.

  • Apply Foot Powder

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After cleaning your feet ensure to apply an antifungal foot powder. This will help reduce wetness from sweat and control foot odor.

  • Wash Your Feet Daily

This can be done before going to bed each day. The sweaty feet should be washed with an antibacterial soap. Remember, dirty and sweaty feet attract bacteria which ultimately leads to foot odor.

  • Use a Foot Deodorant Spray

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The effect of deodorant when applied in armpits is the same effect a foot deodorant has on the feet. It can be used to remove bad odour from shoes as well as stops foot odour.

  • Wear the Right Shoes- Always

Sweaty feet and shoes with poor ventilation don’t mix. Endeavour to wear breathable shoes as much as possible. Always wear socks whenever you wear your shoes.

  • Put Baking Soda in Your Shoe

After removing your shoes, put some baking soda in them to soak up excess moisture. This prevents nasty smelly bacteria from festering in your feet.

  • Wear the Right Socks- Always

Close toe-shoes call for socks. The socks however, have to be clean and dry (in this particular order). Ensure to change socks daily and avoid cotton socks. Opt for socks that are breathable such as wool socks.

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Shoe Purchase Tips

There are plethora of shoes that are shipped out on a daily basis to different shoe stores. The major problem is to purchase a shoe type that is of great quality and comfort.

This blog post is poised to enlighten you on the various tips to enable you purchase comfortable shoes.

  • Choose Quality

Nothing is more upsetting than purchasing shoes that do not yield value. Purchase shoes that can withstand very harsh weather conditions. To purchase shoes like this, you can set up a shoe budget and save a certain sum from your salary. This way you get to buy shoes that are long lasting and offer you value for your money too.

  • Buy Your Size-Always

 

If you wish to order shoes and you are uncertain about your shoe size, you can check out our blog post on how to measure your feet. It’s advisable to shop for shoes in the afternoon as your feet naturally expand during the day and may swell during hot weather. If you do not take this into consideration, you might purchase very tight shoes.

  • Always Measure Your Feet

When you walk into any shoe store, have the salesperson measure your feet every time you want to purchase a new shoe. Your feet may have expanded a bit since you last purchased shoes. If one foot is larger or wider than the other, it’s best you purchase a shoe that fits the larger foot.

  • Go for Comfort

Don’t just assume the shoe fits while sitting. Stand in the shoes. Are they tight? Do they fit? Can you walk in them? Are the heels balanced?

For maximum shoe comfort, ensure that you have at least a quarter- to a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

  • Examine the Soles of the Shoes

After ensuring that the shoes you intend to purchase are comfortable, the next thing to look out for is the sole. You need to turn the shoe over and examine the soles.

Are the soles sturdy enough? Can they provide protection from sharp objects? Are the soles too smooth? Try to get answers to these questions before purchasing the shoes.

You can get answers by walking on hard surfaces as well as on the carpet to see how the shoes feel on your feet.

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How to Get Rid of Bad Smell On Leather

Leather can be described as a natural, durable and flexible material created by tanning animal raw hide and skin.

Leather can absorb strong smells such as sweat, smoke and tanning chemicals. Getting these smells out is another issue as most methods you may be familiar with are usually trial by error.

Here are some hacks you can employ to remove bad odour from leather products.

  • Dry The Leather

This is the first step in cleaning leather as moisture damages leather and causes it to smell.

To dry leather, place the leather in indirect sunlight or employ the use of a blow-dryer on low heat setting. In the absence of the latter, a clean dry cloth can be used to wipe the leather dry.

To avoid damage, do not use alcohol based products or odour masking products like perfume.

  • Pad the Leather Item with Newspaper

Dry newspaper sheets can be used to absorb the smell on a completely dry leather item. There are other odour absorbents that could be used. However, newspaper is preferred for leather as it is more absorbent and softer.

The newspaper sheets are crumpled and placed in a box. The leather item is then placed in the crumpled newspaper heap. The box is then closed and sealed for some days. If the smell hasn’t been drawn out, it can be left for another day.

  • Clean the leather with Vinegar solution

Vinegar contains acid. This acid helps in the removal of bad odour from the leather item. Note, before making use of vinegar, carry out a spot test to ensure that the vinegar doesn’t  discolour the leather.

To achieve a lasting solution, an equal amount of white distilled vinegar is mixed with water used to clean the smelly areas of the leather item. If the odour is very pungent, the leather item can be soaked in the vinegar mix for 5-10 mins. Remember to dry the leather adequately to prevent the growth of mould.

  • Purchase a Leather Cleaner

This can be procured from stores around you or footwear outlets within your area. Ensure you use the leather cleaner made specifically for the leather item.

Leather cleaner serves the function of; removing the bad odour, preserving the colour and sheen of the leather as well as prevent the leather from cracking.

  • Condition the Smelly Leather Item

Conditioning is as important as drying. It’s a must-do after cleaning leather items. Conditioning helps to remove any bad odour that remains as well as maintain the colour and sheer of the leather.

Conditioning can be done using high quality linseed oil, shoe polisher or a professional leather conditioner.

  • Enclose the Leather Item in Baking Soda

Baking soda is very safe on leather and it’s a great absorbent of pungent odours. To use this hack, you must have;

-baking soda

-zip-lock bag or a pillow case.

The latter must be big enough to fit your leather item. Place the leather item in the pillowcase or zip-lock bag. A thin layer of baking soda is sprinkled over the surface of the leather.

Tie the end of the pillowcase or seal the zip-lock bag and allow to sit for 24 hours or overnight. A small vacuum or clean cloth can be used to remove the baking soda.

Be gentle to avoid scratching the leather. If the odour remains, repeat the process.

 

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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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