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We wear our work shoes all day every day, meaning they can get worn out pretty quickly if you don’t take care of them. While it’s easy to stitch up a frayed hem or darn a hole in some socks, it’s not quite as easy when it comes to women’s shoes because of the thick materials they’re made of and their more technical construction.
Of course, instead of buying yourself a new pair of high heels you can get them repaired at a cobbler’s, but this takes time and can cost quite a lot of money for even a small job. Instead, you should think about trying to repair your shoes yourself. Your immediate thought will no doubt be that this is impossible, but you’d be surprised at what you can do yourself if you give it a go.
One of the most pesky problems for women is broken high heels. We all know that feeling when you step off a curb or into a crack in the pavement and you feel your heel breaking underneath you. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean the end of your shoes as you can fix them.
Using a very strong glue, such as superglue or specialist shoe glue, should work to re-attach a heel, just remember to apply it evenly and so that you don’t upset the balance of the shoes. Take a look at the other heel while you’re at it – if this is starting to wobble secure it with some glue as this could prevent it from coming off completely further down the line.
Alternatively, you could find that it is the rubber on the bottom of the heel that is starting to wear away. If you have thin, pointy heels such as stilettos this will probably happen faster than if you have chunkier heels. This doesn’t mean you need a new pair of shoes, as you can fix these yourself by purchasing replacement shoe pieces from any shoe repair shop.
If you’re going to try this, it’s important that you pull off any of the original rubber that is remaining before sanding down the bottom of the shoe to ensure you have a smooth surface to which you will attach the new shoe part. All you need to do is peel the backing off the new rubber and stick it to your heel, of if the product is not self-adhesive use specialist glue.
A common problem a lot of people find during winter is that their favourite boots are no longer waterproof. All of a sudden, your feet are soaking after a walk in the rain or the snow. You can solve this problem yourself by treating the shoes with mink oil, which will not only soften the leather but make it water resistant as well. You should then treat the seams with a water repellent spray. If you do this on both the inside and outside of the boots every three weeks, you should find they keep the water our far more effectively.
Undoubtedly one of the most common problems that occurs with shoes, whether it be high heels, boots or ballet flats, is that they get worn, scratched and shabby looking. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be replaced.
If the upper material is leather, you can purchase leather lotion or wax from most shoe repair shops. This will help to shine up your shoes, as well as prevent cracking and scuffing. Using a soft cloth, you need to work the lotion into the shoes, ensuring it gets absorbed by the leather. This is then topped off with polish that matches the colour of your shoes to disguise scratches.
When cleaning suede shoes you first need to brush off the dirt using a suede brush when it has dried. You can also purchase special suede protector spray to treat your shoes and help to prevent further scuffs.
As you can see, taking care of your shoes on a regular basis will help to prevent more serious damage. But, when something does happen to your shoes, why not see if you can’t repair it yourself before rushing out to replace your favourite heels with a new pair.