Reader Maegan e-mailed me this question:
My budget is pretty tight, so I get a lot of my basic footwear (flats, pumps, boots and sandals) from Target, Payless, and Famous Footwear. I usually wear my shoes until I wear them out and they’re practically rags, ESPECIALLY my flats. Any hints on how best to maintain my cute but not quite high quality shoes so I can keep them looking fabulous longer?
This is a GREAT question, albeit a bit of a tough one. In my experience, two main causes of damage in inexpensive shoes are water and overuse. So for starters:
Originally posted 2013-08-20 06:46:08.
Hayley popped this question into the suggestion box:
I’d be interested in knowing if you’ve ever had any pair of shoes altered in any way, and if you have any tips. I’m considering getting a pair of leather boots taken in a bit at the top around the calf area.
Why yes, I have! Here in the Twin Cities we have two leather shops both owned by various members of the George family – George’s Hockey Repair in St. Paul, and George’s Shoes & Repair in Arden Hills. The latter is now my go-to – and the shop that helped with my fringe bag – since they do great work and aren’t as mobbed as the St. Paul shop. But I’ve had one pair altered at each shop. This first pair was done at the St. Paul shop.
Originally posted 2015-02-17 06:15:06.