5 Care Tips for Moccasins

Moccasins are made from various animals hides and leather.

Moccasins can either be slippers or boots. They may be soft soled (indoor use) or hard soled (outdoor use).

This week, our blog post is dedicated to teaching you 5 tips on the proper care of your moccasin shoes.

 

Tip 1

  • The non-suede leather moccasins are to be cleaned with high quality leather cleaner or saddle soap.
  • Clean the leather in a circular motion by using a damp sponge into the cleaner to create a foam.
  • Using a clean dry cloth, blot the foam. A separate clean cloth is to be used to buff the leather.
  • Allow the leather to dry overnight before wearing.

Tip 2

  • Apply leather conditioner to soften and lubricate the leather and protect the surface from dirt and stains.
  • Moisten the sponge with the conditioner. Rub the conditioner into the moccasin in a circular motion.
  • With a soft dry cloth, buff the leather and allow the shoes to dry.
  • Reapply the conditioner after each cleaning.

Tip 3

  • Wash the moccasin liners with a mild shampoo or liquid soap.
  • Rinse off the shampoo and allow to dry overnight.
  • You can also hand wash the liners and allow to dry if they are removable.

Tip 4

  • If you wear moccasins outdoors, ensure to waterproof the shoes with beeswax especially if you live in a damp climate.
  • To soften the beeswax,place the beeswax in a double boiler and heat it over low heat.
  • Apply the softened beeswax into the leather working it in thoroughly alone the seams to ensure additional protection.
  • Allow the moccasins to dry. Then buff with a soft cloth.

Tip 5

  • Moccasins can be cleaned regularly by brushing the moccasins with a suede brush.
  • Rub the surface lightly with fine sandpaper or use a cleaning kit made especially for suede shoes.
  • Small stains can be removed with a suede eraser or a damp sponge.

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Cheatsheet for Every Shoe Owner

The basic care of a shoe though quite simple can be quite daunting at first.

Today’s blog post offers you a checklist you can always remember to ensure your shoes last long and serve you long.

  • Air Dry Your Shoes, Always

You shoes need a sufficient amount of air to “breathe” properly, just as your skin would.

Depriving your shoes of air leads to molding. A gentle reminder, never store your shoes in plastic, it drains the air out of the shoes.

  • Overheating Kills!

In our previous posts, we had suggested using a hairdryer to stretch your shoes. To ensure the shoes maintain their desired shape, heating must be avoided.

Never expose your shoes to any direct source of head even to sun rays. Always dry your shoes in the shade or air dry as much as possible.

  • Dry Feet Please

Aside from the myriad of health issues that aria due to damp/moist feet, wearing your shoes with damp feet isn’t advisable.

Ensure to properly dry your feet before you wear your shoes. Wet shoes mild easily.

  • Remember to Wipe

As soon as mud or various types of liquids come in contact with your shoes (especially leather) endeavour to wipe them off almost immediately.

This prevents the shoe from getting stained.

  • Avoid the Washing Machine

The proper cleaning of shoes have to be done by hand. Even the gentlest of cycles can be very damaging to the shoes.

Do not be tempted to clean your sneakers or canvas or mesh shoes in the washing machine. The machine damages the glue that keeps them together and makes the sole look worn out.

  • Wear One Pair of Shoes Less Often

Constantly wearing a pair of shoes damages the structure irreversibly. No amount of cleaning can correct this level of damage. Try to rotate your shoe wardrobe more often to elongate the lifespan of your shoes.

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5 Shoe Hacks to Prevent Foot Slip in Shoes

Imagine walking on the road and you are conversing with a friend and deep into the conversation, your feet pops out like a champagne cork  from your shoes. Embarrassing right?

If this has happened to you, take solace in the fact that many individuals especially women have experienced this footwear malfunction too.

This week, our blog post is centered on 5 tips to help reduce the slip rate of your feet out of shoes.

  • Line Your Shoes with Insoles, Cushion or Inserts.

Insoles ensures that your feet do not slide up or down while walking in them. If you do not feel comfortable using one insole, you can double up.

If after trying this hack and your feet still slip out, you can place inserts where the back of your heels touch the shoes. For sandals, place the inserts on the heel of the shoes as well.

  • Stuff Your Shoes

This hack is ideal for closed toe shoes. You fill the toe box with newspapers or fabrics that are not too harsh on the feet.

A properly stuffed shoe offers your feet no room to move forward or slip forward.

  • Attempt a Different Shoe Style

Rather than opt for heels that you may find so hard to walk in, you can go for pumps or other styles that offer you the height you crave as well as the comfort your feet desires.

  • Spray Hairspray on Your Feet

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Need your feet to stick to your shoes like glue? Try hairspray! Hairspray makes your feet sticky and helps to prevent your feet from slipping out especially from sandals. Yikes! No one like that.

If you want to walk properly in narrow heels or your feet are narrow, a can of hairspray is a must have on your vanity.

  • Use a Double-sided Tape

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This also prevents your feet from slipping. This hack has the same effect as the hairspray hack. However, people with very sweaty feet may not consider this hack as sweat and heat produced from the feet makes the tape to become less sticky.

To be safe side, always carry a pair of extra tape in the event of the tape losing its elasticity.

 

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Cheat Sheet for Shoes

This blog post is offering you quick DIYs shoe hacks. Leggo!

How to Shine Shoes

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  • Remove the shoe laces
  • Clean off the dirt and dust with a brush and slightly damp rag.
  • Use a shoe brush to spread the polish evenly on the shoe.
  • Let the shoe sit for some minutes.

Suit and Shoe Selection Cheat Sheet

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  • Black suits go with light black shoes
  • Charcoal suits go with very dark shoes
  • Navy suits are suitable with black or chocolate brown shoes
  • Light blue suits go with light brown or black shoes
  • Light gray shoes go with very light brown shoes.

Shoe Sizing Cheat Sheet for Mothers

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Going shopping and you can’t remember the shoe size of your kid(s)? It’s understandable. A great way to remember is to cross off the sizes that are very small or too large for the feet of your child until you find the right fit. This is cheat sheet to always remember especially as they outgrow shoes easily.

Cheat Sheet to Rock your Sneakers

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Cuffing of the hems of trousers allows you to show off your amazing kicks in stylish forms. You can decide to express your fashionable side by folding the cuffs inward or outward or tucking the hem of the track suit into your socks.

Running Shoes Cheat Sheet

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Before walking in to purchase a pair of running shoes, you need to

  • Be aware of the phrases used in a running shoe store such as “drop”, “ride”, “minimal”, “stability”, “performance” and so on.
  • Know your limits as a sportsman. The running shoe foam doesn’t retain its elasticity forever. Compression sets in after awhile. If you are a long distance runner, you might want to own more than one pair of running shoes to reduce the rate at which the elastic compresses.
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6 Shoe Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Every profession has myths that their customers believe in, thus affecting them unbeknownst to them.

This week, our blog post tackles 6 shoe myths you may have heard or follow and the truths you need to start living. To the truth we go!

 

  • Quality Shoes Last Forever

 

 

A popular mantra says “nothing lasts forever”, so what makes shoes so special that they were “removed” from the list?

A good shoe generally lasts only 500 miles before they begin to undergo wear and tear. How quick the shoes reach this stage is all dependent on you. Your shoes will must definitely wear and tear with age.

Shoes need constant replacing to offer you the best foot and arch support.

If you can’t afford to change your shoes constantly, you can add new insoles as they help restore the lost cushioning and support a shoe needs.

 

  • Your Work Out Shoes and Your Regular Shoes Must be of the Same Size

 

Your workout shoes cannot be of the same size as your regular shoes. When walking or working out for more than half an hour, the feet tend to swell up to a full shoe size.

Your workout shoes have to be able to accommodate this increase. If this increase is not taken into consideration, one can suffer from black toenails, blisters and foot pain.

 

  • New Shoes Will Always Stretch

 

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This is the lie we tell ourselves as we force our feet into very tight shoes that catch our eyes during shopping.

New shoes barely stretch to offer you the comfort that comes with wearing the right size of shoes.

Never buy shoes that hurt or feel too tight because they most likely will not stretch.

 

  • Flip Flops are Comfortable

 

The comfort flip flops offer can be likened to robbing Peter to pay Paul. Flip flops are recommended to be worn for very short periods of time because they lack cushioning and lack arch support for the foot.

Constant wear of flip flops causes the feet to be stressed as the feet is the foot is constantly flexing to grab onto things. This can cause; muscle cramps, torn ligaments, cracked heels, corns and calluses. All these are definitely not comfortable.

 

  • Socks Don’t Matter

 

Socks over matter!

If you find yourself developing blisters or hot spots on your feet, you need to get the right pair of socks to prevent these from further happening.

If your daily activity will cause you to sweat in your feet, do not opt for cotton socks as they retain sweat.

Wear synthetic socks of acrylic or other fabrics that absorb moisture from the feet.

 

  • Flats are better than Heels

 

Flat shoes lack good cushioning or arch support. This lack causes the foot to curl inwards, creating a strain on the leg muscles. This is bad for the foot.

Shoes with small 1-inch heels offer better support to the feet than flats. It is time to ditch those flats for some comfortable heels.

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Tips to Consider When Buying Shoes for Elderly People.

When buying shoes for elderly people, support and comfort should be at the top of your list before style.

This blog post offers you 9 tips to tick off on your check list before paying for those shoes. Let’s get to them!

  • Purchase Shoes with a High Back

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A high back shoe helps to stabilize the ankle. Shoes with a hard insert in the heel gives the shoe a firm structure and helps protect them from falling.

Note, if the high back of the shoe doesn’t have adequate padding, it can irritate or scratch the Achilles’s tendon.

  • Purchase Shoes with Adequate Padding

 

Shoes worn by the elderly have to be properly cushioned. Cushioning reduces the effect of their feet impact on the ground on their hips and back by absorbing and dispersing the shock created.

More padding should also be added to the upper of the shoe to protect the toe.

  • Purchase Shoes with Lace Free Closures

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The elderly should not wear shoe types that do not anchor to their feet properly as these could slide off and cause them to trip. Purchase shoes that won’t have them bending a lot or knotting laces.

  • Purchase shoes with Non-slip soles

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A non-slip sole offers stability and prevents falls from happening. Elderly folks who suffer from Parkinson’s may need to consider smooth soles as these accommodate their shuffling gait.

  • Purchase shoes with a wide mouth

 

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Due to old age, the feet of the elderly tend to swell. It is important to purchase shoes that can make it easier to get their foot in and out of the shoe.

If they wear compression socks, ensure the shoes have enough space to fit them.

  • Purchase shoes with the right material

There are 2 types of shoes that are suitable for the elderly;

Shoes with upper made of sturdy materials offer more support and insulation. While shoes made of softer upper made of mesh are more lightweight and provide more breathing space.

For the best effect on the feet, you can order custom made shoes from The Footwear Academy with breathable mesh upper combined with a supportive overlay this allows the shoe to bend with the foot in it without losing control.

  • Purchase shoes with removable insoles

Any insole of your choice can be used in the shoes to be purchased;

Custom orthotics insoles for shoes or

Over the counter insoles.

  • Purchase shoes with low heels

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Do not purchase shoes that have heels higher than about an inch and a half. A high heel places undue straight on the toes and the balls of the feet.

Also, do not purchase a shoe that is totally flat as this can be uncomfortable too. Purchase shoes that are wide and have slightly raised heels and can help take the strain off their feet and legs when worn.

  • Purchase shoes with adequate traction

Shoes for the elderly need to have a good grip as this is critical for their balance.

Purchase shoes that have groove patterns on the base of the shoe and extends to right to the edge.

These grooves allow water to escape from the shoes and help keep them steady in wet conditions.

 

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10 Shoe Rules for the Lady

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Last week we brought you some important rules men should follow so as to  own and maintain their shoes.

This week, we bring you 10 rules that would guide ladies in the use and maintenance of their shoes. Let’s check them out!

  • Balance Over Style

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It’s okay not to buy heels you’re not comfortable walking in. Asides from walking funny, you do not want to strain your  ankle. Always buy shoes that you can comfortably walk in.

  • Comfort Over Style

Tight shoes have a negative effect on the feet both in the long and short run. Comfort of the feet is the golden rule to abide by in the purchase of shoes. Always choose comfortable shoes.

  • Buy Bold Colors

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The dominant colour in every girl’s shoe closet is black. This is because black goes with every outfit but it can also limit your clothing and shoe creativity.

Adding a pair of colourful shoes to your shoe collection can help you make bold fashion statements. So, once in a while, skip the regular and do BOLD.

  • Buy Shoes Appropriate for your line of Work

 

Always buy shoes appropriate for your line of work. This way, you’ll be able to wear different type of shoes without neglecting some. Prolonged and improper storage of shoes might lead to damage.

  • Ditch Stilettos for Flats when Going Outdoors

Why make your feet go through so much pain? Stilettos practically sink to the ground every time you take a step in non concrete floors. Flats are comfortable and easy to walk in. Need the extra height? Opt for wedges. They are sturdy and classy.

  • Always wear the Right Shoe at the right time of the Day

During the day, do not opt for flashy or snazzy shoe tones. However, if you need to make a statement with your shoes, you can opt for a closed-toe pump or a peep-toe pump. While at night, if you need to be the light of the party, you can wear attention grabbing shoes.

  • Always go shoe shopping at the end of the day

At the end of the day, your feet are swollen. This way, when you try on a shoe when shopping, you’ll be able to know how it fits.

  • Buy Quality Shoes

Ladies, you need to invest in your shoes. You don’t have to buy designer shoes. All you have to do is buy shoes of great quality that compliments your outfit. Bad shoes ultimately ruin your feet.

  • Get Regular Pedicure

Never wear open toed shoes with toes that are not well groomed. It leaves a bad impression on the mind of the viewer. You don’t have to paint your nails, just ensure they are neat and pleasing to the eye.

  • Try On Three Sizes of Shoes Before Purchase

You are a size 40? Try sizes 39, 40 and 41 of the same style just to be sure you picked the right size. This is because your feet may have reduced or increased in size since you last purchased shoes. What have you got to lose when you buy the wrong size of shoes? Money and time. What do you get when you buy the right size? Money and time.

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10 Shoe Rules to Guide the Gentleman

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Confidence starts from within, yes. But to exude complete confidence, it all starts and ends with a great appearance. This is deeply punctuated by a pair of great shoes.

There are several shoe rules that exist. However, we have summarized the most important and compressed them into 10.

These should be your holy grail to help you nail that elegant gentleman look you always aim for;

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  • No matter the budget you set apart for your shoes, never compromise your feet comfort for style. Your feet should and must never suffer no matter the style you want. If you are in dire need of that particular style, you can always custom order from The Footwear Academy.

  • Your choice of sock colour should always compliment your shoes. Socks serve a pivotal role in fashion as they help to bridge your shoes and your trousers. Do not wear a contrasting shade of socks. Remember the rule; blend in not stand out!

  • No one likes dull faces right?  Your dress shoes should always be polished and looking great. So, never go out without shining your dull pair of shoes.

 

  • Brown oxfords are a must have in your shoe closet. As they go with almost anything. Don’t have one? Go get one!

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  • Socks and sandals never have and never will mix. Never opt for this dress style.

  • This rule borders on the colour of your shoes and suits.  You should wear shoes that are darker than your trousers. The darker your suit appears to be, the darker your shoes should be. This rule helps whatever look you intend to nail to be appropriate.

  • To nail that young at heart look and live of the party attitude, you need to own a pair of comfortable boots. They always come in handy when it is time to hang out with friends.

  • If you do not know how to polish your shoes, you need to learn. Tutorial videos and guides abound to help you. You can also hire the services of a professional shoe shiner to help you with this. When you meet people for the first time, they unconsciously look at your shoes; you should stand out right from your shoes.

  • Never wear flip-flops to work except you work on a beach. It doesn’t give off a good vibe to any who sees you.

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  • If you ever consider sandals as a choice of footwear, tend to your feet. If you can’t, ditch the sandals for something that would cover your feet up properly. No one likes to see gross feet in sandals.

 

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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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