Whether it's a pair of heels, sneakers, leather boots, suede shoes, or sandals, there's a simple way to enjoy and clean them better without having to buy a new pair.
Here are 20 of the most genius shoe hacks that will save a time and money.
1. Add Grip
To add more grip to the bottom of your new shoes, sandpaper the soles. Use medium grit sandpaper for best results.
You'll want to gently sand the bottom to remove the little bit of new shoe finish.
2. Prevent Blisters
Have you noticed that all your cute shoes cause you the most pain? Next time you see a cute pair, just buy it!
If the pair ends up giving you blisters, apply gel deodorant all over the inside of the shoe to create a smooth barrier. Let it dry before you put your feet in.
The gel will prevent dry friction, which causes blisters.
3. Stretch Them Out
We all love buying new shoes, but breaking into them can sometimes be agonizing. To prevent this, wear thick winter socks, put your feet in the shoes, and blow dry on high heat for a minute or so.
Once you feel the shoe start to stretch a bit, take your socks off and put your feet in. You should be good to go! If you still find them tight, repeat the process.
4. Remove Odor
I'd take every other shoe problem any day if it means I don't have to deal with smelly shoes. After you learn these odor-removing hacks, you'll never have to feel embarrassed when you take off your sneakers.
The best way to naturally remove that stink is to sprinkle baking soda in your shoe. Add a sliced lemon for even better results. Leave that overnight, and just shake the lemon and the baking soda out in the morning.
If you're looking for fast results, add some hydrogen peroxide to a cloth and wipe the inside of your shoe. This will eliminate the odor in no time!
5. Fixing Suede Shoes
I've always shied away from buying suede shoes because they can get dirty, discolored and scratched so easily.
To clean dirt and salt off, wipe the shoe with a clean towel soaked in warm water and vinegar.
To fix discoloration, a pencil eraser will do the trick. Just erase those blemishes right off!
And for those stubborn scratches, gently remove the scuff using a nail file by buffing the affected areas.
These next hacks are life savers!