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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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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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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6 Ways to Lace Up Your Shoes

Shoe laces are important shoe accessories. It can literally switch up your attire when knotted properly.

We’ve highlighted amazing shoe lace ideas.  Read on!

Sawtooth Style

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This style is suitable for sporting or military use. In both scenario, if injuries occur, the upper laces can be easily cut through. Other benefits of this style are; it’s easier to tighten and the fit can be modified.

The way to achieve this is;

  • Begin straight across on the outside and in through the bottom eyelets.

    • The left end runs straight up on the inside, then straight across on the outside.

    • The right end runs diagonally up and left on the inside, then straight across on the outside. Repeat with alternate ends until one end reaches the top left eyelet.

    • The remaining end runs straight up on the inside and out through the top right eyelet.

Zipper Style

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This style is well suited for climbing boots, skates, boots or any footwear that requires firm support. The benefits of this style are; it holds the shoe very firm as well as gives the shoe a decorative look. Here is how to achieve this style:

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • The ends are looped under the laces where they feed under the sides of the shoe.

    • Cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

    • Repeat the looping and crossing and feeding out through the next higher eyelets until lacing is completed.

Loop Back Style

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Do you have shoes with thick round laces? This shoelace style is excellent on them especially light colored laces on dark coloured shoes. The beauty of this style is the fact that the shoelaces loop back on themselves rather than simply cross over each other.

This style gives the shoe a decorative look. However, this shoelace style wears the shoelaces out and causes the center line to shift. How to achieve this style, read below;

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • At each eyelet pair, the ends are given a half twist in the middle of the shoe before looping back and returning to the outside.

    • The ends are fed under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

    • Repeat until lacing is completed.

Ladder Style

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This style is suitable for high boots with many eyelets such as hiking boots. This style assures the wearer is stable while supporting the entire body weight. Here’s how to achieve this style;

  • Insert the shoelace into the first eyelets with the ends down
  • Pull both ends to make sure the shoelace ends are even
  • Run the ends straight up the sides and through the next (higher) set of eyelets 
  • Run the ends straight across, but under the vertical lace sections on the opposite side 
  • Continue running straight up and in through the next higher set of eyelets 
  • Repeat the last two steps until you reach the last eyelets

Bush Walk Style

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For even number of eyelet pairs on a shoe, this is the shoelace style to consider. It evens out the pressure on the feet and reduces sagging of shoes. If not done properly, the result could be a very messy look. These are the steps to achieve this look;

  • Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • The left (blue) end runs straight up on the outside, then straight across on the inside.

    • Both ends run straight up on the outside, each skipping one eyelet and feeding in two eyelets higher up.

    • Both ends continue straight across on the inside and out through the adjacent eyelets.

    • Alternate running up on the outside and across on the inside until the ends emerge through the top and second-from-top eyelets on the same side.

Double Back Style

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This shoelace is really stylish and holds the whole firmly. However, while trying to tighten, it can be terribly awkward. The good news is, different variations of the shoelaces, offer beautiful yet different looks on your feet. Here’s how to achieve this shoelace style;

• Begin straight across on the outside and in through the second-from-top set of eyelets.

• Cross the ends and feed in through the second-lower set of eyelets (skip past one set of eyelets).

• Continue down the shoe two sets of eyelets at a time.

• At the bottom, run each lace end vertically between the bottom and second-from-bottom eyelets.

• Double back and work back up the shoe, criss-crossing through the vacant sets of eyelets.

Now, you have 6 amazing styles to pick from. Let us know how helpful these styles were in the comment section of all our social media platforms.

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DIY- How to Make Shoe Racks at Home

 

Ever had this phrase ringing in your head, “I need a bigger shoe closet”. Why? Because you are a certified shoe addict. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not! In fact, it’s a great sign as you always think there’s room for one more pair.

What’s the solution to this? So many nice shoes yet we just have 2 feet. Well, one idea can be to keep purchasing storage closets. This can be very expensive and space consuming. This blog post offers 6 amazing DIY hacks to create and design your personal shoe racks that are truly less space consuming.

  • DIY Shoe Organizer and Command Center:

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For busy households, this hack is excellent. This hallway command centre has the added bonus of having added hanging baskets. If you have kids who are into sports, you might wanna consider this hack. It’s time saving as you spend less time picking up shoes after the kids.

  • DIY Floating Entryway Shoe Rack:

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To have enough space at the entrance of the front door, you should consider this hack. It could also be used for the back door for shoes. They are also so easy to build and it doesn’t consume so much space. You can also build as many racks as possible against the door. The number is determined by the size of the family, this way as many shoes as possible can be perfectly in place.

  • Wooden Spinning Shoe Carousel:

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Carousels are lovely to have in the home especially the spinning carousels. These can be built entirely from wood and completed in no less than few hours, depending on you. The advantages of this hack are; it does not take up space and you you can either build one yourself or order one online.

  • DIY Ladder Shoe Rack:

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This is super easy to make and it is perfect for storing several shoes at once. This rack, doesn’t occupy so much space. You can either decide to build a new ladder or make use of an old ladder. So, if you wanna get so many shoes in storage, this is the hack to use.

  • Bench and basket storage:

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This hack is suitable for the entryway to homes or mudrooms, most especially if you live in mud prone areas or you can build it easily for your bedroom. The items needed are just a bench and an appropriate storage basket- which can be a wicker basket or a tote. All is dependent on you.

  • DIY Cardboard Shoe Rack:

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This amazing rack is made from empty cardboard boxes. This hack is cheap, easy and you can use it to hold all of your shoes. It also helps to save space as you get to stack the shoe cubbies on top of each other. This hack enables your closet or bedroom to achieve a unique look. If you also have empty cardboard boxes, this hack is a creative way to upcycle these empty cardboard boxes.

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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 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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7 Helpful Hacks That will Make Your Shoes More Comfortable

 

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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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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