Shoe comfort is one thing that cannot be overestimated. If your shoes don’t fit, then you need these hacks to make them much more comfortable.
- Use Medical Tape
Ever thought that medical tape could do much more than hold bandages and gauzes, they can also be used to prevent pain in the ball of your feet. So, before putting on your favourite pair of closed toe heels, use medical tape to hold toes two and three, this would ultimately reduce the strain on the nerves between them.
- Using Dry Tea Bags
So, you had a busy day at work and it rained heavily too on your way back home. Or say you have been so engrossed with your fitness goals that you keep forgetting to sun dry your gym shoes and both your shoes and the gym bag begin to reek of smelly feet. Not to worry, this hack’s got you!
Putting dry tea bags in smelly shoes or gym bags will absorb all the unpleasant smell. Remember the key word; Dry Unused Tea Bags.
- A Pair of Socks and Hair Dryer
There is much more to a hair dryer than just removing moisture from a recently washed hair. Hair dryers can help expand or stretch very tight shoes too! Neat right? How does it work?
Simply wear a pair of thick socks and the shoes will stretch. The hair dryer is then used to stretch the part of the shoe that feels tight on the feet.
- 2 Plastic Bags and A Freezer
Now, if you lack a hair dryer and you have a freezer, this shoe hack is definitely for you. All you need is just two plastic or ziplock bags and the tight pair of shoes that needs to be stretched. Fill the 2 plastic bags halfway with water and put them into the shoes in question and then store in a freezer.
As the water freezes, it will stretch the shoes ultimately stretching out the tight part of the shoes. Physics 101 to the rescue!
- Using Maxi Pads
The trick behind this hack is using the thickest and bounciest pads you can find. These can be gotten from any local supermarket closest to you. Maxi Pads offer that cushy feel a soft bed gives by providing your feet with extra padding. It also absorbs foot sweat hence reducing smelly feet.
- Using Heel Stoppers
Why wobble when you walk on a lawn or a muddy terrain, when you can walk comfortably in your heels using heel stoppers. So, no matter how smooth the path may be or how rough the roads might seem, with a heel stopper, you are assured of avoiding a walk of shame *wink*.
- Lip Balm for Blisters
Lip balm not only prevents chapped lips, it can also be used to treat blisters that might occur if there are no other footwear treatment option available.
When you feel the blisters forming, you can apply some lip balm to the area to help alleviate the blister causing friction.
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Buying a nice pair of shoes is just the beginning, you have to take steps in maintaining your shoes in order to keep them looking their best for a very long time.
Here are a few tips to get you started, don’t worry they’re pretty easy.
- Allow Shoes To Breathe, Then Insert Shoe tree
If you have time, allow your shoes to breath for 15 minutes after removing them. During the day, the inner lining and insole absorb a significant amount of foot perspiration. By allowing shoes to breathe after they are removed and shoe trees are inserted, the majority of this moisture can evaporate.
Shoe trees help restore the shape of the shoe and smooth the wrinkling that occurs as a result of wearing.
A pair of cedar shoe trees will also help eliminate odor and further wick away any residual moisture left in the shoes after a full day.¬†
There’s no need to own a pair of shoe trees for each pair of shoes. The vital time for using them is the hour or two after you have removed the shoes from your feet.
After that, the shoes will have returned to their natural architecture and the trees can be removed.
2. Invest in Repair work
Invest as much care in choosing a cobbler to resole or reheel your shoes as you did in repurchasing them. And to prevent permanent damage (or, at least, the outrageous repair costs), have all work done before it’s absolutely necessary.
3. ¬†Always Use Shoe Horns
Always, always, always use a shoehorn when slipping on your shoes.
There is never a case where a shoehorn should not be used (with the singular exception of boots, which do not generally require one).
A shoehorn allows a gentleman to easily slip on his shoes without damaging the shoe counter.
A man can never have too many shoehorns. You should have them everywhere ‚Äì briefcase, office, closet, study, suitcase, downstairs couch ‚Äì anywhere you might be putting on your shoes!
4. Suede Care
Suede shoes are in a category of their own, since you cannot polish away any scuff marks. Use a suede eraser (basically a brick of crumbly rubber) to rub away small blemishes. Then use a suede brush to restore the nap, or fuzz, of the leather.
5. Stuff Newspaper in Wet shoes
You were caught in a downpour on your way home from work. Act fast and do as follows.
Stuff your shoes¬†with crumpled-up newspaper and dry slowly, away from direct heat.
Direct heat can dry the leather too fast, causing it to crack ‚Äî and once that happens, nothing can save your shoes.
Before they’re entirely dry, insert cedar shoe trees to make sure they dry out evenly and maintain their shape
6. Polish Properly
How to Polish a Shoe
- ¬†Wipe your shoes down with a damp cloth to remove superficial dirt and stains.
- Apply polish, using a circular rubbing motion. You don’t need to slather it on. You don’t need to be gentle. And the more you rub, the better. Let the polish dry. It should take about five minutes.
- Buff the entire shoe with a polishing brush. For extra gleam, hold the shoe between your knees and buff the toe vigorously with a lint-free cloth.
In Conclusion, Invest in Quality Shoes
Cheap shoes are a false bargain.
Good shoes begin with great leather. Be prepared to pay for it. Of course, once you have invested your hard-earned cash in a quality pair, you’re going to want to hang on to them. Put a little time and effort into looking after them and they’ll last longer.
What other methods do you use in taking care of your shoe ? We would love to hear from you. Kindly leave a comment.