Simple Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Shoes

Good quality, comfortable shoes are incredibly important. Given that we are on our feet all the time, it doesn't make sense to cheap out on something that will protect the part of our body that literally carries our weight.

There are tons of shoes out there that are simply gorgeous, but many of them are not even close to being comfortable. Strangely enough, many individuals will bear with the pain just to be able to flaunt a pretty pair of shoes. Instead of compromising on comfort for fashion, try these effective ways to make your shoes more comfortable.

1. Protect Against Blisters


When it comes to running shoes, a good fit is important. If they're too loose, you can end up with painful blisters caused by friction every time your feet rub against the sides of your shoes. To avoid this problem, you can create a "lace lock" simply by threading your shoelaces through the last lace hole at the top. This will keep your feet snug and avoid any friction. Check out this video to see how it's done.

2. Waterproof Your Shoes


It's never a good feeling when you get wet in the rain. You can always hop in the shower to clean off, but it's trickier to deal with drenched shoes. Handled improperly, your shoes can end up smelling terrible or be ruined altogether. To prevent this, waterproof your shoes by rubbing a thin coat of beeswax on them, and then blow-dry them. Use a candle or anything else that contains beeswax if you don't have the pure ingredient on hand. This video will show you how.

3. Eliminate Odors

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Shoes stink - it's a fact of life, and it happens to us all. Just because it's inevitable doesn't mean that you should embrace the stench, however. Get rid of the smell in your shoes with a DIY shoe deodorizer consisting of baking soda, baking powder, and cornstarch. Learn more about it here.

4. Whiten Shoe Borders


Some people avoid buying shoes with white borders or soles because they tend to get dirty really quickly. Put that fear to rest - you can whiten those parts with some toothpaste, a steel wool scrubber, and some elbow grease. Here are the step-by-steps.

5. Get Comfortable In Flats

Given that most women opt for flats (as opposed to heels) for the comfort factor, you'd think that they would be comfortable! Unfortunately, many people experience pinching and blisters even when wearing flats. To remedy this situation, try applying some clear deodorant onto your heels and toes before slipping on your flats. Get all the info here.


6. Remove Scuff Marks

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There's nothing more cringeworthy than unsightly scuff marks on your beautiful shoes. Patent leather shoes tend to be even more vulnerable to them, but we have a simple and effective solution. All you need to do is apply some petroleum jelly onto the problem spot and it should get rid of the scuff mark.

7. Cover Up Scratches


On many pairs of older shoes, you may notice scratches around the toe cap in particular. Luckily, there is a malleable rubber called Sugru that can work magic on these scraped areas. Your shoes will look new again! Watch the transformation here.

8. No More Water Stains

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Water stains on leather shoes can be quite unsightly. Fortunately, all you need is an old toothbrush and some vinegar to get rid of those marks.

9. Remove Dirt From Suede

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Most of us have owned at least one pair of suede shoes in the past. They look amazing, but it's always a nightmare when some dirt clings onto the material. All you have to do is take a nail file and gently rub it against the dirt to loosen it. The residue should brush off easily afterward.

10. Clean Shoes With Vinegar

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For an effective cleaning that leaves your shoes sparkling and odor-free, soak them in a tub with two cups of vinegar and two gallons of water. Give them a good wash afterward, and your shoes will be like brand new.

11. Stretch Out New Shoes


New shoes can be a little too tight for comfort, so it's best if you break them in before fully wearing them out. Try donning a pair of socks and walking around the house in your new shoes for a few days - this should stretch out the material just enough. For an instant solution, slip on the shoes while wearing socks and run your blow-dryer over them.


12. Get A Better Grip

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Are your shoes too slippery? Rub some sandpaper on the soles to get a better traction on them.

13. Free Up Space In Heels

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This trick may seem odd, but many people swear by it. If your toes feel cramped in your high heels, try taping your second and third toe together before slipping them into the shoes. This should create some extra room in the heels for your feet.

14. Loosen Tight Shoes


Bought a pair of shoes that are too small for your feet? Don't worry. Just take two Ziploc bags and fill them about 1/4 of the way with water, then put them inside the shoes. Place the shoes - Ziploc bag and all - into the freezer and wait until the water freezes. Next, let the shoes sit out and thaw for about 20 minutes. Once you remove the ice bags, your shoes should be stretched out enough for a better fit. For the full instructions, watch this video.

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