We spend so much money on shoes right? And we have soooooo many different styles and colors. Nothing sucks worse than seeing your favorite pair of shoes damaged or starting to break down. I’ve gathered a few tips on how to extend the life of your shoes and make them more comfortable.
1Ditch The Gel Shoe Pads
We’ve all bought gel shoe pads for comfort only to find out that they don’t make your heels comfortable at all. The gel quickly breaks down and spreads, there’s a better option. There’s a better material called Poron, it never loses it shape, repels moisture, shock adsorbing, breathable and more. The technology is even used by NASA. Foot Pedals has a variety of pads for all shoe types and most are made with Poron. Kind of expensive but well worth the price.
I live in Ohio so the rain, snow and salt during the winter wreak havoc on my shoes. Use a water-repellent spray like Kiwi Camp Dry Heavy Duty Water Repellent. The mist creates a water barrier around the shoe. Just make sure you clean your shoes and let them dry beforehand. Don’t overspray them either, that can change the texture of the fabric.
3Replace Your Tips
How many times have you worn new heels and came home to see the tips all scuffed up or shredded? It’s infuriating. I thought if I started buy more expensive shoes I wouldn’t have that problem anymore, WRONG! Try to find tips made from polyurethane for replacements, they are shock adsorbing and more comfortable. Heels tips usually aren’t a one size fits all thing, they depend on the shoe size and style so the best thing to do is going to shoe repair store. You might want to buy them in bulk if you want to replace them yourself, it’s easier than you think!
4Store Them The Right Way
So many people use plastic shoe boxes to store their shoes. This is a no-no, especially for leather. The leather can’t breath in a box so they dry out and start to crack. Invest in shoe bags for storing. And store your shoes in a cool, dry place and out of the sun!
5The Soles are The Soul
Once your sole starts breaking down the rest of the shoe isn’t too far behind. If your shoes were expensive or you want them to last for as long as the possible you need to take them into a repair shop and get a rubber sole added on. The rubber is thin and come in a variety of colors. They also help provide traction.
6Treat Them With Care
Different fabrics need to be cleaned and maintained differently. Make sure your regularly clean your shoes using the right products.