Shoe Fit & Care Tips
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There are many websites and blogs that are dedicated to offering great advice in shoe care and shoe fit. We have attempted to capture a comprehensive list of shoe care and fit tips that we have learned along the way. If you have additional questions that are not answered below, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to help.
Shoe Fit Tips
General Fit Tips
- To ensure proper fitting heels, you should be able to lift your foot an inch higher than the rested position from inside the shoe bed. If you are unable to lift your foot an inch higher than a resting position, you may trouble walking and should consider a lower heel.
- When looking for comfortable shoes, the shoe should be flexible and bend easily this will allow shoe to contour to your foot.
- Look for shoes that have a toe-tip that curves up slightly or an upturned toe bed. This will ensure better balance, posture and comfort in your shoe.
- Do not buy shoes based of the design alone (we have all done it). Wearing shoes too small or that do not fit, increases swelling and can lead to long-term damage to your feet. Instead, if shoes are too small bring them to a cobbler or shoe expert to have them professionally stretched. Most shoe salons agree that you can have a shoe stretched anywhere from half to a full shoe size depending on the shoe and material.
General Shoe Hygiene Tips
- Clean the inner soles after each wear to prevent bacteria growth.
- Make sure the area that you use to air out your shoes has ample air circulation.
- Avoid placing shoes in damp, wet areas that attract mold.
Avoid Painful Feet
- To prevent blisters, you need to minimize friction and moisture. Using a little baby power, antiperspirant spray (yes, that's right: woman's deodorant) or moleskin on an area that usually becomes irritated can help.
- Many women's shoes do not offer much support, using shoe inserts can significantly improve discomfort and arch support.
- If pain persists, you should consult with your doctor. They may recommend Botox, acupuncture or something more menacing.
Shoe Care Tips
Before First Wear
- Weatherproof your shoes prior to wear.
- Use Ellesole Protectors or Stoppers to reduce damage to soles and prevent slipping.
General Shoe Care Tips
- Maintain the shape of your shoes by stuffing (but not overstuffing) tissue paper into shoes. For boots, use boot shapers for the shaft and stuff the toe with tissue paper.
- Do not wear the same shoes everyday. Alternate shoes to allow proper drying.
- Allow shoes to air out after use and never store or dry leather shoes near a radiator/heater or direct sunny light, as this can damage the leather.
- Remove a really sticky shoe label (e.g. price tag) from a painted/laquered sole using Goo-Gone or peanut butter (yes, peanut butter-google it). Apply to sticky label, let is sit for 45 seconds then wipe clean with a paper towel. Do not use this trick on porous leather soles; the oil will stain the sole.
Care Tips for Napa Leather
- Clean and polish leather shoes regularly. Clean them with a soft shoe brush. Make sure to remove any dirt or debris from shoe and sole since dirt can scratch shoes like sandpaper.
- Gently use a pencil eraser to eliminate scuff marks off leather and wooden heels. Make sure to test eraser prior to use. Then use leather conditioner to condition leather.
- Polish leather shoes regularly. And as always, test prior on a non-visible area to use.
Care Tips for Suede
- Clean suede using a suede cleaner, suede-cleaning block and suede brush.
- Waterproof them regularly.
- Brush them with a soft suede purpose brush before wearing so they will look their best.
- If suede shoes get wet, stuff them with tissue paper to keep their shape and let them dry naturally, away from heat.
Care Tips for Patent Leather
- Use patent-leather cleaner or Windex. Make sure to test the product on a non-visible place prior to using over entire shoe. If you choose the latter options, a small amount of cleaner will be sufficient. Use a soft, clean cloth to rub away minor scuffmarks. Then use a second clean cloth to buff your shoes dry.
Care Tips for Satin
- Consider a professional dry-cleaner specializing in cleaning satin shoes.
After Shoes are Well Worn
- Visit a trusted cobbler or shoe repair shop to have your soles zipped and tips added. You can also go to many major department stores and they will outsource the work to their trusted cobblers for an additional fee.