6 PRO tips: This is how High heels will never wear down

Up until recently, I didn’t take great care of my shoes. All of that changed after a recent dinner with a friend, when she walked in with what looked like a brand new pair of heels. I complimented her and didn’t believe her when she told me they were twelve years old. Here are great tips to take care of your shoe sand extend their life:

1. Check on your shoe’s health

Check on your shoe’s health. Be diligent about checking the bottom of your shoes. People oftentimes forget to do this and will run their shoes into the ground. What could have been minor fixes become major ones. Things you should look out for include a nail peeking out out of the heel of your stiletto, or severely scratched soles. Most dressy heels have thin soles that will wear down easily. The preventative measure here is to add a thin layer of protective rubber. This is called a dancer’s sole, and if you plan on wearing your shoes frequently, this is your best bet. The amount of wear goes up exponentially!

2. Try on shoes for 10 minutes before buying them

Try on shoes for 10 minutes before buying them. When people go to a store to buy shoes, they usually try them on and do one quick back and forth walk. This is not enough time. I’d recommend spending 5-10 minutes in the shoes. If you get the wrong size, it doesn’t matter how much you stretch or tighten them, they will never fit correctly. It is impossible to stretch even a half size, so if they’re too small, leave them.

3. Beware of escalators, decks, and grates

roltrapWe get so many torn up heel covers. You can replace the leather covers on the heel of course, but it’ll never be exactly the same as the original. You could add a protective layer, like this tube that will prevent from scratches.

4.Leather and rubber needs to be exercised

If you haven’t worn a shoe for over a year or longer, the rubber heel tap and leather can dry out. We’ve seen heel taps disintegrate as soon as a customer puts shoes on after a long break and the leather upper can crack just by flexing them. lf you have shoes you love and only wear on rare occasion, you should either condition them ever so often, or wear them around the house so that the rubber and leather have a chance to flex and move.

5. Storelight-colored patent leathers separately

Your light colored patent leather shoes and purses should never be stored with any other colored leather or plastics. They will absorb the other color, and it will be impossible to take it out. I would even recommend wrapping them in tissue, especially when you travel and carry multiple shoes in a suitcase. (If there is color transfer, you do have the option to dye the shoe black.)

6. A trick for one-time wear

You can dye light to dark, but not dark to light…except for one-time use. If you want to use the shoes for one day (maybe your wedding day or any other one-day event), and never plan on wearing them again, this could be the option for you. Just keep in mind that if you scuff them, the dark color will show underneath.

Happy Walking!

Adapted from: Cupcakes & Cashmere

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