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 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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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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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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