13 Hacks to Keep Your Shoes Looking Like New

13 Hacks to Keep Your Shoes Looking Like New

When it comes to shoes, we’re used to paying the big bucks, so naturally, we want them to last as long as possible. Luckily there are great tips for all kinds of shoes to keep them looking as good as new.

Good shoes are a staple to any stylish wardrobe, and Bright Side has collected a bunch of tricks and tips that are sure to help maintain the look (and smells) of your favorite footwear.

13. Candle wax care

Want your fabric shoes to be waterproof? Take some wax or paraffin candle and rub it on the shoes — it will prevent any water from going through the fabric.

12. Enlarging shoes

Are those fancy shoes you just purchased too tight? Take a cup of water in a ziplock bag, place it in the shoe and put the shoes in the freezer — the water will turn into ice and push the sides of the shoe apart. Leave them there over night and they’ll be ready to wear in the morning.

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11. Cleaning fabric shoes

If your shoes are lighter in color, you know how fast they can turn so gray and dirty that even a washing machine can’t help. Pick up an old toothbrush and a little bit of baking soda along with some hydrogen peroxide and water. Dip the brush into the mix and rub it on the shoe. This should take the dirt right off!

10. Cleaning sneakers

Gym shoes and sneakers not only have fabric on them, but they also have rubber parts. The best thing to clean rubber with, is well, rubber! Take a plain rubber eraser and clean off anything from the rubber parts of your shoe.

9. Renewing leather shoes

Leather shoes start looking old over time, especially when they get wet. To make them look better, you’ll need to collect some water and vinegar.

Mix the ingredients with equal parts. Spray the mixture on the shoe and gently rub it off with a shoe brush. Repeat if needed.

8. Keeping boots shapely in storage

Boot storage can be tricky, but you can easily make it through thanks to these simple tricks. If you have boots with soft legs, take a heavy magazine, fold it into a tube and place it in the boot. The magazine will make your boots stay standing upright so the part between the foot and leg won’t crinkle.

If you get your boots wet, don’t just toss them aside because they might lose their shape. Instead, take a couple of empty bottles and fit the boots on them to dry out.

7. Keeping shoes fresh

Gym shoes definitely don’t smell like a bouquet of roses. Eliminate the stinky problem by putting tea bags in them overnight and in between gym sessions.

6. Keeping leather shiny

To keep your leather shoes lookin shiny and new, simply use a banana peel! Rub the peel onto the leather and wipe the leftover banana residue with a soft paper napkin.

5. Getting rid of shoe scratches

Do your gorgeous party shoes have some black scratches on them from knocking into each other? There is a solution. You’ll need:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Q-tips

Wet the q-tips slightly with nail polish remover, then while pressing gently, remove black scratches from your favorite shoes.

4. Sweat prevention

Dealing with sweaty feet is real problem for those of us living in warm countries and also during hot summers. So, to prevent your feet from sweating profusely and smelling bad afterwards, try putting female sanitary pads in them.

3. Pavement grab

It’s the most annoying thing wearing perfect new shoes but they’re so slippery, you can’t go out in them. You have several choices here — you can either file down the first layer of the bottom of the shoe, or if that didn’t help, grab a glue gun and make some patterns. Let it dry before wearing.

2. Packing up your footwear

If you need to pack up fast and you don’t have enough time to clean up your spare shoes beforehand, simply put them in a shower cap. This will keep your clothing clean and shoes packed nice and tight.

1. Gum problem

If you had the misfortune of stepping onto a piece of chewing gum, don’t try to scratch it off right away. Find a piece of ice and put it directly on the gum. It will make the gum harder so you’ll be able to take it off more easily.

If you have any tricks of your own up your sleeve, please share them with us in the comments. Let’s help each other take better care of our favorite shoes.

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