Taking care of—and buying—shoes isn’t cheap, especially if you’re going for quality over quantity. So how can you take care of your shoe wardrobe without spending a fortune? The good news is that there are plenty of accessories that you can add to your shoe closet that will help you to keep them looking great and feeling super comfortable, too. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money to start using any of these items, either.
Shoe Care Kit
If you’re properly caring for your shoes, then you’re waxing and buffing them regularly. You are, right? This helps to keep the leather conditioned and weatherproofs them, too. Look for an inexpensive kit that has buffing tools, suede brushes, and leather cleaner and polish. You don’t have to spend a lot in order to keep your shoes looking just like they did the day you brought them home.
Shoe cushions come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They’re usually made of silicon, which helps them to be anti-slip as well as comfortable. There are cushions that fit where the ball of your foot rests, where your toes rub, and where your shoe hits your heel. Not only are they cushy, but these types of add-ins help to reduce the likelihood of forming blisters, too. Slip them inside brand new shoes to alleviate the pain of that break-in period.
Have you ever reached for a pair of shoes you haven’t worn in a while and found them twisted into a bizarre shape? You need some shoe forms. Most people use these to stretch their shoes, but they’re a wonderful way to help your shoes keep their shape. Slip them into the shoes before you put them up in the closet and you’ll never have to worry about your shoes getting all crumpled up.
One of the best ways to dress up a plain pair of shoes is to use shoe clips. These are like clip-on earrings for your shoes. You can find elaborate, blingy versions or just simple bows or flowers. Use them any time you want to switch up a pair of shoes. I’ve used these to make an ancient pair of shoes look brand new again. The best part is that they aren’t permanent and they don’t damage your shoes at all. Plus they’re super affordable.
There you have it. Four inexpensive ways to make your shoes look great for years to come.