Here are the top tips that we have come up with to look after and make the most of the high heels you love!
For leather shoes get into the habit of polishing and cleaning your shoes regularly. A polish conditions and helps retain the leathers natural oils, masks scuffs and marks, enhances the colour and provides a protective layer from light rain to spills.
Invest in a pair of shoe trees
Shoe trees are a fantastic way to keep your shoes in good shape. They help prevent creasing, wrinkling and make shoes last longer. Wooden shoe trees also help draw moisture and heat from your shoes ensuring that the natural oils within the leather are retained. A real investment in keeping good shoes looking and feeling great for years.
A day of rest
Be kind to your shoes and rest them at least every second day. This gives them time to breathe and reshape in your shoe trees. Rotating your shoes with another pair will ensure your shoes stay in top condition and last longer.
No driving in heels
Driving in high heels is a sure way to damage your shoes. The pressure on your heels from driving can cause heels or shanks to break. We suggest you store a spare pair of slip on flat shoes in your car.
Check your heels regularly
High heels and pointed toes are high maintenance shoes and need to be checked for wear regularly. A thin metal toe plate placed on to the tips of shoes will protect the toes of your shoes. For worn heels, new heel pins can be replaced to prevent damaging of heels. Visit your local shoe repairer for this type of work.
For the boutique high fashion shoe, protective soles are a must to extend the life of your shoes. They are a thin and unobtrusive sole that is hard wearing and non slip. Make sure you take them to an experienced shoe repairer to get them fitted
Tight Fitting Shoes
Don’t let your feet suffer by squeezing them into tight shoes. It’s not likely that you will wear them in quickly! Take them to your local cobbler and get them stretched. Stretching is a very effective and an inexpensive way to enjoy your shoes. Most cobblers will have a range of specialist shoe stretching machines allowing them to stretch your shoes where they hurt. This is also great for people who suffer from bunions or corns.
If your straps keep slipping off or your shoes are loose fitting, heel grips are what you need. They are a self adhesive foam strip covered with suede that sit in the back of shoes. For uncomfortable shoes try sollettes or full insoles to add extra cushioning!
Paint for the season
Tired of your old shoes! A fun way to keep your shoes new and in season is to paint them! We have agreat range of paints that are all intermixable to get the colour you want. We also have a range of leather and suede dyes available.
Shoe Tip of the Day
When shopping for shoes, plan to go late in the afternoon. You’ll find your feet swell to their largest at that time - so you ensure a better fit!