High (Heel) Maintenance


This is one question I get asked all the time – how do I keep my heels in tip top condition? Well, I lived in Minneapolis and the Midwest for the last 21 years, up until this month (granted I had stints in Florence and Seattle). The salt takes it toll on suede booties, uneven city sidewalks dirty your favorite footwear and natural wear and tear can do quite a number on your pumps.

Over the years of being a heel-lover, I’ve found some tips, tricks and products to extend the life of your shoes. I’ve narrowed it down to five basic steps for before, during and after you put on your pumps to keep them looking to as close to new as possible. 

1. Protect

Prior to wearing your new pumps, always coat leather or suede with a protectant spray (I use this one.) It will help shield your shoes from the elements (um, rain in Seattle). Because let’s be honest, Mother Nature seems to have against something women in fabulous heels.

2. Block

You know the phrase that “I will bleed for fashion,: well I actually have. Some heels more than others, can really rub and cut into the back of your heels, leaving a painful aftermath after a night (or day) of glamour. I use Blister Blocker Balm when I’m breaking in shoes or have an extra pretty pair (which typically means pain-inducing) to prevent the whole ordeal.

3. Buff

If you’re a lover of leather, then you are subjected to dull and lifeless fabric over time. Leather bags and shoes loose luster and a simple buffer, like this one, can bring it back to it’s beautiful life. I like this one because their isn’t a specific color associated with the buff.

4. Freshen

After a night out can become a nightmare of smell in the morning. Socks and heels don’t exactly mix and the result is similar to a football team’s locker room (but in form of Jimmy Choo’s). I tried everything from dryer sheets to perfume (oh please don’t use perfume) and found refuge from repulsive shoe stink in this bottle.

5. Store

Where and how you store your shoes can make a world of a difference in how they wear. Please don’t stack, cram or shove your shoes. Display them if they are pretty, find a shoe rack (but not a shoe pile). I was guilty once upon a time.

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As always, thank you for reading.


  1. Liv Wrote:

    Thanks for the tips 🙂



    • Brenna Wrote:

      You are so welcome, Liv! I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  2. mahryska Wrote:

    great tips 🙂
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    • Brenna Wrote:

      Thank you, Mahryska! Hope you found it helpful.


  3. Jennifer Wrote:

    Another great tip for high heel maintenance is having the rubber heel tip (heel cap) replaced. You want to keep an eye on your heels and replace the rubber heel tip before you start damaging the actual heel. Sometimes you will notice a strange noise when your heel hits the ground and if you check you will have worn through the rubber tip and metal is hitting the ground. Definitely time to replace!
    If you shop around you can get a good cobbler to replace two skinny tips for less that $10. If its a pair you love or an expensive pair it can totally be worth it! You can also re-heel and re-sole flats etc.

    • Brenna Wrote:

      What a great tip! Seriously wish I would have known that. I just heard that and had it happen to a pair of my favorites.