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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As always, thank you for reading.