There are so many variations of shoes, they can add a new dimension to an outfit and make us feel great, but, shoes do bring their own set of problems with them, so If you are a shoe addict, here are ten amazing shoe tips and tricks you should know.
1. Stretch new shoes to fit
Wearing in a new pair of shoes can leave you with sore feet and even blisters sometimes. You can easily stretch a new pair of shoes, and make them softer to wear, by placing a freezer bag filled with water in each one and leaving the shoes in the freezer overnight. The water will expand when it freezes and it will stretch the shoes out a little bit for you.
2. Sandpaper the bottom of new shoes
If you are planning on hitting the dance floor in a brand new pair of shoes, then give the soles of the shows a rub with some fine sandpaper before you go out. This will remove the glossy finish on the soles of your shoes and stop you from slipping and falling.
3. Use teabags to remove bad odors
Anyone’s shoes can get smelly sometimes, especially gym shoes. Put a tea bag in each shoe and leave it overnight and the teabags will absorb the smell. You can also sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in your shoes before you put them on and it will help to stop any unpleasant odors developing during the day.
4. Clean suede shoes with bread
If you are unsure how to remove marks from your favourite pair of suede shoes without ruining them, then here’s a simple tip to solve that one. Take the crust from a slice of bread and rub the inside of the crust against the mark on your shoes. It will clean off any marks and scuffs and it won’t damage the suede at all.
5. Break in new shoes in with a hair dryer
To stop new shoes pinching and causing blisters, get out your hair dryer and a thick pair of socks. Put your new shoes on, over the top of your thick socks, and then, wherever you feel the shoes pinching, or they feel too tight, give them a blast with the hair dryer while wiggling your feet around. The heat will soften the leather and hep fit the shoe better to your foot.
6. Use hairspray to stop your feet slipping out of shoes
If your shoes are just that little bit too big for you and you keep slipping out of the front or back of them, spray your feet with a very light coating of hairspray before you put the shoes on. This will make your feet, just sticky enough, to keep your shoes in place on your feet.
7. Use vinegar to remove stains from leather shoes
Here’s a simple way to remove stains from leather shoes. Take an old toothbrush and dip it in vinegar and then gently scrub the stain. Vinegar dissolves most things that you are likely to get in your shoes, but don’t scrub the shoes too hard, or you will be left with a scuff mark instead of the stain.