Spring cleaning your clothes: Part 1. Shoes, boots &

April 15, 2011 § 2 Comments

All this talk of another recession – mere months after the last one – has us shaking in our boots.  So its high time we learnt how to make our boots last a lot longer with some tender love & care.  This series of posts will be sourced from various books, websites & Grans (as well as using my own noggin) and neatly compiled into easy to read and hopefully enjoyable posts!  Enjoy Part 1, I’m starting with shoes and working upwards to hats.  Hopefully just in time for the royal wedding, if anyone’s lucky enough to be invited.  Although I’d imagine a new hat would be required for such an occasion.  Nevertheless, on we go.

Your shoes are stacked up high at the bottom of a cupboard, yeah?  Thrown carelessly under the bed?  Uh-huh.  They’ve seen better days, right?   This post is for you.

I have decided to get all my winter boots re-heeled this year, before stowing them away.  It would be a great idea to have your boots fit and ready for next Autumn/Winter as you’re less likely to go straight out and new a new pair when the time comes.  If your boots are losing height or flapping at the soles no DIY job will do, I’ve tried super strength shoe glue but their just ain’t no gripping!  Take them to someone in the know.  Now Timpson’s will do this effortlessly and there’s probably one on every street but try to find a local independent cobbler.   However, if your boots are just looking a wee bit shoddy then a home-job will surpass.  Begin with a good polish.  Look for the correct colour tone and remember, shoe polish IS NOT a cleaning product so make sure your boots are pristine and dry as a bone before continuing!  If you’re low on polish I’ve been told that banana peel can have the same effect.  Also a useful alternative for yellow shoes, no?  Seriously, if you do need yellow, shoe polish is now available in an array of colours.  Once you’ve vigorously rubbed (easy) the polish over your shoes, allow to dry on newsprint then buff with a clean dry cloth.  If your forearms are throbbing, you’ve done a good job.  Stuff your boots with newsprint and store away in shoe boxes.  Follow the same routine with your high heels and don’t leave it too late – the ‘crunch, crunch’ as you walk into a swanky bar is not attractive.  I am guilty of this nonetheless.

Trainers, plimsolls and fabric based shoes are wonderful because you can simply throw them in a pillowcase and into the washing machine at 30 degrees.  Take out the laces first and wash separately otherwise they’ll tangle around the shoes and fray, but if you’ve made this mistake already – tut-tut – not to worry, just pop in a fresh pair of laces for a nice ol’ change or some pretty ribbon.  Burn the ends to stop them fraying, but please be careful!!

Next.  What’s the point in having beautifully shiny shoes if they smell like crap inside… Use some lemon and bicarbonate soda, just kidding, don’t.  Really.  Otherwise your hard work vigorously polishing shoes will result in a foamy, lemony mess headed for the bin.  The real shoe fresher in question has changed my life for the better and can be found here.  I won’t spoil the surprise, but let’s just say all your shoe related bowling alley wishes will come true…

Did I forget anything?  If you have any er, shoe related queries… please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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