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.

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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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5 Amazing Shoe Storage Hacks

This post will give you 5 shoe storage hacks to enable you conserve space as quality storage products both consume space and are quite expensive.
Let’s make your life easier!

  1. Keeping Shoes in Buckets

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I bet you weren’t aware that there are different uses of buckets other than water and foodstuff storage. Buckets can also be used to store shoes and stacked properly against a wall. So, the buckets consume less space and still store the shoes.

2. Nailing Paint Cans to the Wall

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This shoe hack is shoetastic for flip flops! As the paint cans are the perfect size for them. This shoe hack is really important for households that are large or for eccentric lover of flip flops.

3. Hanging Shoes on a Curtain Rod

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Curtain racks do more than hold clothes, they are also perfect for holding shoes like baby shoes and flats. So, if you have a dog that chews shoes or a little toddler that is highly energetic, this hack is definitely for you.

4. Hanging Pegs on the closet door

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This is a classic DIY hack if you have a closet. What do you use the back of the closet for? Well, the back of the closet and the wall right above the floor can be used to store shoes. Just attach shoe pegs to a board or you can fabricate this and your shoes are guaranteed not to fall again to the ground.

5. Tension Rods in Bedroom Nooks

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The rods used to hang curtains at home are called tension rods and they can do much more than hold curtains. In your bedroom, there are nooks that are empty and are parallel to each other. You can easily use them to hang shoes. The tension rods are light and preferably used to store heels.

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5 Shoe Types to Wear to a Movie Premier

Welcome to April all ye shoe lovers! We hope you are as excited as we are about this month.

April holds a lot of goodies for all most especially for all DC and Marvel fans as the world wide release of blockbusters such as Shazam and Avengers: End Game would be happening.

Speaking of premiers, what exactly is a premier and why do people rave so much about it.

A premiere or première is the debut (first public presentation) of a play, film, dance, or musical composition. Here the creme de la creme of the movie industry are invited to come see the newest movie to be added to the industry’s archive . The cast and crew members of the movie too get to see the finished project they took on. It is usually a tuxedo event for the men and a gown event for the ladies and it depicts to the world the fashion prowess of an individual.

Over the years, the fashion rules have evolved most especially the shoe choices as more shoes have been found to be more red carpet worthy.

The idea behind a red carpet look is to look chic, look classy, elegant and at the same sophisticated. In all shoe choices, comfortability is key and these should reflect heavily in your choice.

This blog post is dedicated to all our movie lovers and those in the arts and it hopes to enlighten us all on the 5 shoe types to wear to a movie premier.

Let the red carpets roll!

  • Brogues

Although Brogues are of Scottish origins (thick Scottish brogue, aye!), they have soon turned out to be a red carpet favourite.

Brogues are great with suits and bring out the classic gentleman look. If you want to achieve that formal yet casual look, brogues are also an excellent choice.

To command that star-studded look on the red carpet, I recommend wearing a quarter brogue, preferably black, with the suit of your choice. At The Footwear Academy, we have an array of different designs and styles for brogues. Do take time out to check us out.

  • Pumps

We know that it’s an unwritten law for most ladies to wear heels on the red carpet. Pumps are great as they offer a sense of versatility to its users. So, you don’t have to be worried about wearing it only for events like a movie premier. They also offer tons of benefits to  you as they make one have a taller appearance which most times helps to boost one’s confidence. It also gives you a slimmer physique.

Have you gotten your pair of pumps for the next movie premier?

  • Monkstrap

This shoe is one with a lot history surrounding it. With deep ties to Europe, one can only conclude that you give off the air of royalty whenever you wear a pair of monk strap. Also known as monk shoes, this is a must have for every gentleman in his shoe dresser. The monk strap come in 2 different styles;

  • Single monk strap
  • Double monk strap

Both have the same effect on him who wears them. Wearing a stylish monk strap, sets you apart from the multitude attending the premier and it has the advantage of being a versatile pair of shoe too. So whether its a business meeting and a movie premier happening on that same day, monk strap got you covered.

  • Stiletto

These are much more higher in inches than pumps and come in different styles, designs and brands. This is a must see at the movie premier but only the brave can pull of wearing  very high stilettos.

They give shape to the calf muscles and also elongate the look of your legs to make you look leaner. This is  a must wear if you choose to wear a thigh high slit dress. Remember the trick to wearing comfortable stilettos are; to wear stilettos with adequate lift, shock absorbers and arch support for the feet. This would enable you enjoy the rest of the evening without having to stress your feet.

  • Oxford shoes

Although these are a must have for men in the finance sector, they can also be a showstopper at any red carpet event. This is because they are definitely a formal shoe, hence they readily offer the elegant look one seeks.

So, if you haven’t got any Oxfords yet, hit us up in the comments section below and you can be certain we would have one that suits you perfectly.

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5 Top Shoes For The Classic Gentleman


Shoes

They can make or break an outfit.

Designer Hardy Amies once remarked, “It is impossible to be well dressed in cheap shoes.”

Shoes are arguably the most important investment a man can make in his closet.

The average man owns at least 10 pairs of shoes.

Truth is, you only need a pair of black cap toe leather oxfords for formal occasions, brogues for everyday use, dress boots for less formal occasions, loafers for casual days/weekends and a wildcard pair of your choice to upgrade your shoe game.

All you need is stylish versions of these 5 timeless and classic shoe styles in your quest to build a versatile shoe wardrobe.

 

#1. Balmoral Oxford Dark – The Black Leather Oxford 

Black cap toe oxfords are the first shoe you should start with.

The sleek simplicity makes the Oxford the perfect choice for formal occasions.

A pair of formal black oxfords will carry you through the most formal of events – black tie, weddings and job interviews.

The difference between an Oxford and a Derby is the closed lacing system – the bottom of an Oxford shoe’s lacing section is sewn closed.

The shoes should be made of box calf leather and it should not have any broguing. Oxfords are the best worn with business suits and professional attire, but not suitable for casual occasions with jeans or khakis.

Keep in mind that the Oxford is a dress shoe – purchase a pair with leather soles and be sure to shine your Oxfords thoroughly to prevent them from dulling.

Whether you are wearing a tux to a black-tie event or a business suit, these minimal shoes will complement and add a dose of formality to your attire.

 

 

#2. Brogue – The Brown Leather Brogue

Originating in the marshy bogs of Scotland, brogues were initially designed with real holes to drain out water. The traditional perforations on the shoes upper – the brogueing – gives the shoe a distinctive character that other smart shoe styles lack.

What’s so unique about the brogue is its versatility.

A shade of light brown can be limiting because it tends to look strange with dark suits. A medium to dark brown pair can look great with any suit color except black and will still work with chinos or jeans

Although a brown wingtip brogue is ideal, leather brogues in tan, chestnut or chocolate all work seamlessly with your wardrobe, allowing you to create the maximum number of outfit combinations.

Traditionally, brogues are less formal than oxfords. Consider them for work, especially if you work in a laid-back office. These shoes are suitable for outfits ranging from smart to smart-casual. Full brogues can be worn with outfits ranging/ from the formality of a three-piece suit to a casual pair of jeans.

For a smart casual and comfortable, yet refined look, wear them with a white button-down shirt and rolled-up dark denim jeans.

#3 – Slip On (Loafer Or Monk) – The Suede Loafer

Moving down the formality scale, a loafer is a slightly more casual shoe. The laceless silhouette features an elegant design that makes the loafer a highly versatile style, right after a leather brogue.

The slip-on loafer was originally designed as a house shoe for King George VI. Loafers offer the ideal silhouette for going sockless, making them the choice of footwear in warm weather locations.

Penny loafers are the most popular choice although if you were stranded on a stylish European island with just one pair of shoes to wear every day, a pair of brown double monk straps would be an excellent choice!

The comfort of these shoes is best matched with smart and smart-casual ensembles. Dress up or down a loafer with a light-weight linen suit or a button-down shirt and chinos.

#4 – The Leather Lace-Up / Slip-On Boot

If you have already secured yourself a quality pair of oxfords, brogues and loafers, the next pair of shoes in line to complete your shoe selection is a pair of leather dress boots.

  • Leather Brogue Boots:¬†This is a boot that works with suit trousers as well as with jeans. Wear them for a dressier take on rugged.
  • Lace-up leather boots:¬†Crepe-soled¬†desert boots¬†are a¬†popular option but they add a casual touch to your outfit.
  • Chelsea boots:¬†The¬†Chelsea¬†is a slip-on style, like the loafer, with an elastic ankle that makes them flexible and comfortable.¬†These are the perfect boots for a day at the office that extends into a night out on the town.

Leather boots can be teamed up equally well with tailored jackets during the work week as with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt at the weekend.

A pair of rugged leather lace-up boots, ideally with rubber soles will keep you sure-footed in rough weather.

 

#5 – Wholecut Leather Shoes

This one’s a wildcard. They are not a required item in your shoe wardrobe in terms of functionality, but in terms of elevating your style. 

Wholecut leather shoes exude pure elegance through a minimalist, narrow shape, with clean lines and a smooth surface.

The upper (the leather that is visible above the sole when a shoe is worn) of a wholecut leather shoe is constructed from a single piece of leather. Wholecuts are made using a flawless piece of skin, ensuring high-quality leather. A great deal of expertise and skill goes into making a pair of wholecut shoes, a fact that is reflected in the relatively high cost of these shoes.

Probably the dressiest shoe you will own, these versatile high-quality leather dress shoe can accompany you through your entire day.

Wear them from the office to a dressier evening event or pair them with a pair of smart jeans.

In Summary

There is no set formula to build the perfect shoe collection.

These 5 shoes styles purchased in the order mentioned above will, however, meet all your shoe needs for most occasions.

 

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