Do you have a pair of old shoes you can’t bear to part with? No matter how scruffy, broken, or faded our favorite shoes become, there’s just something that makes it hard to give them up. Luckily, there are a few ways you can rejuvenate your boots, pumps, or brogues to make them feel brand new again. It’ll also save you a few pennies to restore rather than buy new.
The first step to reviving old shoes is cleaning them. Get in all the creases and clean inside and outside to get a better idea of the actual state of the pair. Simple shoe revival kits can be bought in more shoe stores or online, which will help brush out dust and discoloration. Some shoes will come out better than others; we can’t guarantee that your what were bright white Converse will even get back to their previous condition… but they can definitely be cleaned and tidied up.
Invest in a good pair of insoles to add new comfort and support to your old shoes. For heels or sandals, you can buy toe beds that stick to just the bottom of the shoe so that you can stay comfy on a night out on the town or a day strolling around a foreign sunshine spot.
Additionally, if you’re guilty of slipping on your shoes rather than unlacing them every time, you can reinforce the backs with moleskin tape. Moleskin tape – or even plaster tape – can be discreetly stuck to the inside of the shoe, which can also help to avoid blisters after a long day.
Heel plates and caps
If you notice all your shoes seem to wear down on one side more than the other, it’s likely down to the way you walk. Chances are, you’re walking with your foot slightly lopsided, and as such, there’s more weight on one side. If the heels of flat boots, leather shoes, or ballet pumps are noticeably angled, you can buy packs of heel plates that can be glued or nailed into place to give you a new, straighter platform to walk on.
There are even caps available for stilettos. If you’ve found the bottom of your heels are rough, or you can see the nail poking out, heel caps can protect you and your shoe.
Touch-ups and repainting
Sometimes scuffs and stains can make shoes look dull and aged, no matter how much cleaning you do. That’s where shoe paints – like the angelus leather paint – come in. Available in both bright and traditional colors, you can spruce up old leather shoes in no time. With the leftover paint, you can even revive your old leather jacket and touch-up belts, and even handbags.
So, with a little TLC, you can be back wearing your favorite shoes with pride. There’s nothing better than a new pair of shoes… except for having to break them in and suffer for weeks with blisters. With old favorites, you’ve already done the hard work, so you can slip them on and get walking with a spring in your step.