Most of the time when I’m writing a blog post, I know it won’t necessarily appeal to all of you equally. After all, we are all different, and we have different wants, needs, and concerns as people. But today’s blog post is one of those rare breeds that has something in it for everyone! Because today we’ll be talking about shoes, and everyone wears shoes! :-)
I recently combed through both the internet at large and the OGT archives to track down the very best shoe hacks, tips, and tricks. Then I took all those tips and narrowed it down to a list of 13 truly brilliant shoe hacks, and that is what I’ll be sharing with you all today!
These hacks cover a lot of topics that relate to shoes, including cleaning, deodorizing, storing, organizing, and more. I hope that this post can serve as a useful resource for you, no matter what your specific shoe style is!
13 Brilliant Shoe Hacks That Everyone Should Know
1. Clean & Care For Your Shoes, By Type
Cleaning everyday sneakers might be easy enough, but keeping specialty fabrics like leather and suede can seem pretty intimidating! But it’s actually easier than you’d think to keep any kind of shoe looking clean and well cared for! Follow the links below to view posts I’ve written about cleaning different types of shoes.
- How To Clean Your Canvas Shoes
- Clean And Care For Leather Shoes
- How To Clean Suede Shoes In 6 Easy Steps
- Clean And Care For UGG Boots
2. Eliminate Odor From Stinky Shoes
One of the most common shoe-related questions people ask me is how to get rid of odor. Because no one wants to be walking around in smelly shoes all day! Luckily, there are several ways to get rid of shoe odor by eliminating the moisture as a contributing factor.
Check out the post below for 7 simple methods you can use to deodorize your shoes!
3. Stretch Out Too-Tight Shoes
I bought a very cute new pair of leopard print ankle boots a few years ago. But I was devastated to discover that even though they were my size, they were a little bit too snug for me to wear them comfortably. But I didn’t give up hope! I set out to find a way to stretch out those ankle boots.
And not only did I find one way to stretch out shoes, I found three! Learn how easy it is to stretch out too-tight shoes at the link below.
4. Clever Ways To Store Your Shoes
Shoes can take up a lot of space in your closet (or wherever you are currently storing them.) But there are a few simple shoe storage tips that can help!
- Arrange your shoes in alternating directions. It’s an easy way to fit more shoes on a shelf or rack!
- Store shoes in an over-the-door organizer. These handy hanging organizers can turn any door in your house into additional shoe storage!
- Store shoes on a tray underneath your furniture. The gap beneath larger pieces of furniture is a great place to store shoes!
5. Remove Salt Stains From Leather Shoes
Walking through parking lots and across city streets during the wintertime always leads to one thing: salt stains. And you don’t want salt stains marring your nice leather shoes! But with the help of a little white vinegar, you can erase those salt stains and get your leather shoes looking good as new in just a few minutes.
Check out the step-by-step method at the link below!
6. Use A Shower Cap To Cover Dirty Shoes
Packing shoes into your luggage for a trip? Wrap a shower cap over the soles of your shoes! Shower caps are really inexpensive, and one is all you need to protect your clean clothes from dirty shoe soles.
7. Tie Your Key To Your Running Shoes
Don’t know where to keep your house key or car key when you go out running? Just tie it to your shoe! Slip the key over a shoelace, then tie your shoes as usual. (You may want to double-knot them for extra peace of mind!)
8. Use Pool Noodles To Support Tall Boots
It used to drive me crazy when my tall boots kept tipping over in my closet. To solve the tipping problem, I stuffed a short section of a pool noodle into each one of my tall boots.
You can get pool noodles at the dollar store, so this is definitely the cheapest and easiest way to keep your tall boots standing tall in your closet!
9. Keep Your Feet Warm With Sheepskin Inserts
It can be hard to keep your feet warm, especially during the depths of winter! So why not invest in a pair of the coziest shoe inserts you’ll ever see? These fleece sheepskin shoe inserts are easy to slip into any pair of shoes, and they’re sure to keep your toes toasty warm all day long.
10. Dry Out Wet Shoes Quickly
Anyone who has walked around in wet shoes knows how unpleasant it is. So here’s a tip that will help you dry out a pair of wet shoes as quickly as possible. Put your shoes somewhere warm to dry, and stuff a few sheets of newspaper into each shoe. The newspaper will absorb excess moisture, helping your shoes dry in a hurry.
11. Add More Grip To Slippery Shoes
Some shoe soles offer so little grip that they’re a slip-and-fall hazard! But there’s an easy way to give those slippery shoes more traction—just use a bit of sandpaper! Use a coarse-grit sandpaper to scuff up the soles of your shoes to give them more grip against the ground. You’ll notice the improvement immediately!
12. Tape Your Toes When Wearing Heels
One of the problems with wearing high heels is how little room there is for your toes. They’re all smushed into the very front of the shoe, and it can be really uncomfortable! Next time you wear heels, try the following strange (but effective!) trick.
Use a piece of medical tape or beauty tape to tape your second and third toes together. (That would be the toe next to your big toe, and your middle toe, respectively.) This simple step will free up some space in the front of your shoes and make your heels more comfortable!
13. Upgrade Your High Heels
Try adding some of these heel caps to your favorite pair of high heels. The caps can give your shoes a bit more traction, and they also help reduce that clicking sound when you walk. Add heel caps to a new pair of heels to keep them looking nice, or add them to old heels as a quick repair!
What’s your favorite or most useful shoe hack?