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3 Ways To Make Your Shoes Fit Better

In fashion, style on July 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Shoes are a many splendid thing. They can make or break an entire outfit and nice looking shoes always elicit “ooohhs”, “aaahs” and sheer delight from onlookers and admirers. There is one thing however that matters more than the look of a shoe and that’s how the shoe fits. Now some people may not necessarily care about shoe size – they will sacrifice a baby toe for an amazing shoe – no matter how ill-fitting it is.

But what good is a nice looking pair of shoes when they don’t fit, cause pain and affect the way you walk? I’m not talking about shoes that you bought that were too big or too small and you had to have them anyway because they were a sale shoe by your favorite shoe designer. I’m talking about shoes that fit for the most part but the size or fit is “off a bit”.

What do I mean by “off a bit”? I’m referring to when that pair of shoes are a bit too tight or slip up and down off of your feet a little because you are “in between sizes”? You know how you are usually a 6.5 in a particular brand/style but the 6.5 is too snug and the 7 is a little bigger than you would like? Or what about the pair of shoes you own where the soles are too slippery and you fear for your life when you wear them so you walk around with a stiff walk, hoping you don’t fall? In any of these cases, what do you do? Do you take the shoes back? Thrown them away? Sell them on Poshmark? Give up on life? Not necessarily. There are solutions to these 3 commonplace shoe concerns which are usually inexpensive and easy to use.

If your shoes are too tight:

-Use liquid shoe stretch which can be purchased from a drug store, shoe repair shop or even Amazon. While wearing the shoes, spray or squeeze the solution onto the shoe where you need the stretch and walk around for a few minutes. Repeat if necessary. Be sure the solution you use is safe for the color and material of the shoes you are stretching. You can also opt to use a one way stretcher for width or a 4 way shoe expander as well.

-Use a hair dryer with thick socks.  It may be a bit uncomfortable at first to stuff your feet into your shoes with thick socks on but this is an inexpensive way to stretch your shoes and you most likely have all of the materials on hand to get the job done. Start with your hair dryer on a medium setting and put the nozzle where you need the stretch for a few minutes until you feel your shoes become less tight.

-Freeze your shoes with 1/4 water filled sandwich bags. While the thought of putting shoes in a space where you store your food might be off-putting, this can be a good idea if you haven’t worn the shoes outside yet. Take two sandwich bags and place your shoes. Fill the bags a quarter of the way with water and be sure to zip all of the way. Wrap your shoes up in a plastic bag for safety and put in the freezer.  As the bags freeze they will stretch the shoes out. After the bags freeze, let them thaw then take the bags out and try the shoes on. Repeat if necessary.

-Take your shoes to a cobbler.  If you are concerned about destroying your shoes, take them to a professional. Cobblers perform repair all kinds of shoes with specialized equipment. If your shoes are too wide or narrow, if the straps are too long or too short or even if the heel of your shoe is too tight, a cobbler can make the proper adjustments while maintaining the integrity of the shoe.

If your shoes slip up and down off of your foot:

Shoe inserts/ball of foot cushions. These come in various styles as some are more like full inserts and others are half the size and fit primarily under the ball of the foot to provide comfort and to take up space to make the shoe fit more snug.

Heel grippers. These fit on the inside heel of the shoe and come in a variety of materials including gel and rubber with an adhesive to stick to the inside heel of the shoe. Heel grippers provide comfort to the back of the foot as well as prevent the shoe from slipping up and down off of your foot.

Shoe tongue pads. These pads, which usually have an adhesive backing, fit on the built in tongue of the shoe and rests across the instep of the foot. These help the shoe to fit more snug and can help prevent toe nail injuries and are also great for runners.

If the sole is too slippery:

-Use super grit sand paper to rub along the sole of the shoe until the sole is not so smooth anymore, thus creating traction.

-Purchase non slip grip pads (from your local drug store or shoe repair shop) that adhere to the bottom of the shoe. Beware that eventually the grip pad may come off and may need to be replaced.

-Take them outside and scuff them on the pavement. This may sound crazy or absurd but it works.

-Use a strip of masking tape on the soles.

-Take them to the cobbler to get ribbed nylon bottoms put on the soles.

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5 Shoe Trends To Add To Your Collection Now

In fashion, style on January 22, 2021 at 8:30 am
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Comfort has been the name of the game since lockdown. While spending more time at home, loungewear and slippers have been the clothing of choice. Other variations of slip on and go footwear are also the go to when stepping out to run errands. While a good stiletto will never go out of style and has it’s place in creating fabulous looks, many of this season’s shoe styles capitalizes on maximum comfort with style. Continue reading to find out what shoes to add to your collection.

Fur Slides. There was a time when one would not be caught outside of the house with slippers on. Times are different now. Today’s slippers are carefully and purposefully constructed in various materials, heels and embellishments. Worn with jeans or dresses, these slippers are updated with soles that allow for wear outside of the house.

UGG Fuzzette

Steve Madden Retreat

Sneakers. Always a staple in countless shoe wardrobes, this season’s sneakers have a few different silhouettes including color block, retro (think new balance) and canvas. In addition, because sneakers have become acceptable footwear for places other than the gym, these styles can be dressed up or down for most ocassions.

Merrell Women’s Alpine Sneaker

New Balance 574 Core

Cariuma Red Canvas

Platforms. Sky high platforms are all the rage and also leave you wondering how to walk safely. Pair these platforms with flowy silhouettes for boho chic appeal or with cleaner lines for a more tailored look.

Vince Camuto Celosia Platform Sandal

Jeffrey Campbell Moody

Loafers/Oxfords. Whether flat or with a stacked heel, loafers are reminiscent of both elementary school days and your grandpa’s footwear. Today’s iterations are created with materials and embellishments such as animal print, fur and gems.

Wanted Babe Metallic Wingtip Oxford

Tory Burch Ruby Mid Heel Loafer

Chains. These days, chains are not only for the jewelry we wear around our necks and wrist but also for our shoes. This style of shoe is great to partner with a minimalist/monochromatic outfit to add a shiny pop to your look.

Jimmy Choo Sae Ankle Chain Leather Sandles

Zara Mesh Heels With Chain Strap

Clear/Perspex Heels. Clear heels show no signs of slowing down. These can be considered the perfect nude making them easy to wear with anything. Pair these shoes with leggings, skinny jeans or a mini skirt for a look that is sexy and on trend. Make sure you get a pedicure as your entire foot is on display.

Miss Lola Essex Nude

Steve Madden Vava-S Clear

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Must Have Shoe Essentials For Your Wardrobe.

In fashion, lifestyle, style on October 27, 2020 at 9:05 am
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Lets face it – nice shoes will make you extremely happy and very attractive. Shoes are a form of wearable art that turns heads and makes people stop, stare, ooohhh and aaahhh. Wearing nice shoes also makes you instantly cooler – better than everyone around you. Aside from the perfect wardrobe pieces such as perfectly fitting jeans and other accessories like bags and jewelry, the right shoes are just as important and will make or break an entire look.

Many people are shoe (and sneaker) collectors and a closet full of shoes is the stuff dreams are made of. It creates style superiority and style options. A trip to the mall or hours spent scrolling through your favorite websites can leave your heart racing at the sight of all the shoes that can be made available to you. And, even if you don’t currently have an outfit or an event to wear these shoes to, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing to purchase the shoes anyway because again – options.

There are a few questions, however, to ask yourself when purchasing these cool, sexy, dope shoes:

  1. Are you really going to wear this pair of shoes? Do they fit your style?
  2. Are you buying these shoes because they are on sale or are you in a woeful state of mind? (no judgement here)
  3. How often will you wear these shoes?
  4. Do you even have the basic shoe essentials for your shoe collection?

What are shoe essentials? They are the types of shoes that are considered to be the foundation of your shoe wardrobe. No matter what you are wearing, what the occasion is or what time of the year it is, these shoes will enable you to create the right look for most occasions (interviews, dates, brunch, overall stuntin’). Essential shoes are purchased in basic colors (black, brown, gray), pop or alternative colors (oxblood) and in animal prints (an essential neutral). Shoe essentials take the stress and confusion out of getting dressed and looking nice.

Continue reading to discover the essential shoes you need to keep your look attractive and functional.  Get the basics then add on the fun shoes.

Pump – black and leopard print.

Schutz Caiolea Pump
Steve Madden Daisie – L Leopard

Ankle Bootie – peep/closed toe.

DSW Samara Bootie
Nordstrom KiKi Pointed Toe Bootie

Tall Boot – low to mid heel and/or stiletto.

ASOS DESIGN Collins Block Heel Knee Boots
Kenneth Cole Woman’s Riley High Heel Boots

Weather Boots – for rain and snow.

HUNTER Women’s Original Play Short Rain Boots

Casual Sneaker – Vans, Chucks, sock sneaker, etc.

Puma Cali Sport Wildcats Women’s Sneakers

Athletic/Running Sneaker – Nike, Allbirds, Adidas, etc.

Nike Free RN 5.0 By You

Casual Flat/Ballet slipper – for comfort and/or casual looks.

Coach Helena Loafer

Flat/low heeled sandal/mule/slide – perfect for warmer months.

Sam Edelman Yaro Block Heel Sandal
Charles David Sashay

Strappy/Heeled Sandal (mid/high heel/stiletto) – great for dressing up/formal ocassions.

Jewel Badgley Mischka Conroe Embellished T-Strap Pump

Platform Shoe/Sandal – Gives structure and balance to the figure when wearing wider/fuller silhouettes.

Jessica Simpson Palya Dress Sandal

Keep in mind that what is basic or essential for one person may be unnecessary for someone else.  You must evaluate your personal style needs and lifestyle to determine what fits in your wardrobe.

For ideas on wardrobe essentials, go here.

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14 Shoe and Bag Trends To Add To Your Fall/Winter Wardrobe

In style on December 9, 2019 at 7:31 pm

Sure it’s the end of 2019 but the cold weather is still in full effect and you may still need to shop for the perfect accessories for your fall/winter wardrobe.

We stil have a few months left in the fall and winter season and there are still items you may still be looking to complete some of your winter looks or to fill in your wardrobe in general. This season’s accessories (shoes, bags, and jewelry) are not only reminicent of decades passed (hello 90’s) but are bold in shape, color and texture.  Shapes exhibit geometric and architectural elements.  Colors are vibrant. Textures are rich, fuzzy, furry and smooth. You can get the season’s hottest trends anywhere- from your favorite online retailers, brick and mortar stores and even the thrift and consignment stores.

Footwear.  This season’s footwear can be worn with pretty much anything.  All you need is a little imagination and inspiration.

Chunky Heels and Square Toe Shoes.  Chunky heels and square toe shoes were the dominating look for footwear in the 90’s. Regardless of how you feel about this particular look, style elements of the 90’s and have made their way back into our lives and onto the timelines of 2019.  Although I have an affinity for pointy heels and toes, chunky heels (square toes) look great paired with cozy sweaters,  wide leg pants and full skirts.

Animal Prints and Skins.  Although these prints never go out of style, have definitely taken center stage this season.  Level up your footwear game of various prints and textures with varying animal prints and skins found on shoes, boots, sneakers and sandals.

Unconventional Heels.  More than ever, shoes are getting an upgrade with unconventional heels that mimic art sculptures like circles and dollar signs.  While this look may not be for everyone, it is definitely a look to consider when shopping for what innovative and different in footwear.

Over The Knee Boots/Slouchy Boots.  Definitely a sexy option for the season.  These boots can be worn with anything, including an oversized belted Blazers a dress or a sweater and leggings.

Mules. When you literally need to slip on a shoe and go and still be stylish, mules are definitely a stylish option.  This seasons options come in different colors, textures, embellishments and heel height and be worn right into the cooler months with fun socks and hoisery.

Purses and Bags.  This seasons’ it bags will do more than hold your stuff.  Ranging in price, style and size, these bags can take take center stage as the focal point of any outfit.

Furry Bags And Purses.  The furry bags of the season will make you want to get cozy and snuggle up.  Talk about having all the feels. Like footwear, the colors and textures are rich and vibrant and will complement many of your favorite looks of th  e season from casual to dressy.

Croc And Embossed Elements.  These textures are super luxe and glossy and have all the sophistication one can take.  croc and embossed elements show up on purses, clutches, totes and even wallets.

Jewelry-Like Details.  Keep it cute and fancy with chains and embellishments that look like jewelry.

Waist Bags.  Do double duty with waist bags that do double duty as your purse.  They are not only good for storing your belongings while you are out and about but can also cinch the waist of any outfit that you are wearing.

Oversized Clutches And Purses.  First off, who said a clutch has to be small?  Not I.  Pillow sized clutches not only hold all of your things but look great tucked under your arm while wearing a casual or sporty outfit.  Sure it may look like you are literally carrying your luggage but that’s your business.

Micro Sized Purses.  If you aren’t one to carry much at all this particular trend might be just right for you.

Bucket Bags.  This style of bag has been around for some time but they continue to make their mark as necessity in many purse collections and this season is no different.

Double Bagged.  Are two purses better than one?  Many designers seem to think so.  Great thing about this trend is that for some you can wear opt to wear just one or both.  

Geometric and Architectural.  These elements show up in the handles and or the bag itself. Juxtapose against complementary colors or as a bold pop against a monochromatic color scheme these bags are sure to up the ante of any look.