Posts Tagged: footwear

Reader Request: Keeping Inexpensive Shoes in Shape

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Reader Maegan e-mailed me this question:

My budget is pretty tight, so I get a lot of my basic footwear (flats, pumps, boots and sandals) from Target, Payless, and Famous Footwear. I usually wear my shoes until I wear them out and they’re practically rags, ESPECIALLY my flats. Any hints on how best to maintain my cute but not quite high quality shoes so I can keep them looking fabulous longer?

This is a GREAT question, albeit a bit of a tough one. In my experience, two main causes of damage in inexpensive shoes are water and overuse. So for starters:

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Originally posted 2013-08-20 06:46:08.

How to Deal with Ill-fitting Shoes

How to fix shoes that don't fit perfectly, including advice for shoes that are loose, tight, or slip at the heel!

Now. The best way to deal with ill-fitting shoes is never to buy them to begin with. But there are many reasons why they might sneak into our wardrobes: They feel fine at the store, they feel fine for the first few wearings, they change shape slightly after the first few wearings, our feet swell, they were gifts, they were shot-in-the-dark eBay purchases. (That last one applies to my Faryl Robin Suzus, pictured above.) So, should you find yourself with a pinchy, wobbly, or otherwise ill-fitting pair, here are some of the most common solutions:

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Originally posted 2012-06-15 06:34:14.

This Week I Love …

timberland shoe care

Timberland’s shoe care products.

I was a longtime Kiwi fan until I picked these up at a local Timberland store along with a pair of boots. The salespeople always push products like these, it seems, but sometimes that’s a good thing. I didn’t really understand what nubuck was at the time, but when I bought my Stratham Heights boots I knew I wanted them to stay in good shape. And I was told Renewbuck would help. And it DID. I’ve applied it to to all of my nubuck and suede shoes since. The company recommends a test patch, and I will say that the treatment darkened a pair of gray suede boots somewhat, so be prepared for that. Also this treatment won’t waterproof your suedes, and can’t do much for you if you regularly slog through enormous, muddy puddles. But you’ll no longer fear getting caught in a rainstorm or walking across a dewy lawn. The treatment keeps light moisture from seeping in too deeply.

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