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Top Tip – Style your Soles

Last June Tara from Rosso Solini kindly sent me some samples of her designer soles.  I didn’t get the chance to blog about them last Summer (sorry Tara) so long overdue here it is. Tara set up the company in 2010 as part of a school project and she has gone from strength to strength since. Available in a range of colours and prints from glitter to animal print. I tried them out on some of my shoes and I love them.  They are a little fiddly to fit...

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Top Tip: Foot Pillows

I love flats almost as much as heels but I find that if I’m tottering around for a few hours my heels get very sensitive and I end up almost hobbling around on my toes due to the pain and discomfort. Enter these great little devices have been created specifically for flat shoes. They slip inside the shoe and sit on the insole to provide extra comfort. Featuring two padded areas, one at the ball of the foot and one at the heel so you’re feet won’t get tired...

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Top Tip: Remove scuffs from patent shoes

It’s happened to us all; you buy a new pair of shiny patent shoes and after the first time you wear them you notice scuff marks and are absolutely disgusted that your fabulous new shoes are ruined. Well through sheer desperation many years ago I came up with a solution by “googling” it (I love googling stuff). I had scuffed a pair of shoes to within an inch of their life and I really didn’t want to give up on them. I came across an article (can’t remember the...

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Top Tip: Sole Stopperz

It’s happened to us all, you buy a fab new pair of shoes and are happily walking around showing them off, then you walk on a shiny or wet surface and turn into Bambi on ice. Not so elegant and very dangerous and embarrassing. My usual solution to this was to get sandpaper and rub the sole of the sole to give it some grip. I was browsing around TK Maxx (TJ Maxx in the U.S.) and came across these glorious little devices. Simply clean the sole of your...

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Top Tip: Heel Condoms

Ok I bet you are all reading the title of this post and thinking that I’ve actually lost the plot completely but I can assure you that I am of sound mind….well sort of. The images I had in my head were pretty scary but when I clicked on the site I was pleasantly surprised. The name aside these little devices are brilliant. Simply pop them on over the heels of a pair of shoes you already own and hey presto; they are instantly transformed! There are plenty of...

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Top Tip Store shoes correctly

This tip sounds very simple and that’s because it is.  If you store your shoes correctly they will stay looking their best for longer and you will save money. If you can, it’s best to keep your shoes in their original boxes, the boxes usually have holes in them to allow air to circulate. You can store the boxes in your wardrobe or under the bed. Another tip is not to leave them exposed to direct sunlight as they will fade I promised when I started this blog that...

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Top Tip: Ball of foot cushions

We’ve all experienced the burning pain on the ball of the foot from wearing heels. It can be so unbearable that you want to take off your shoes and go barefoot. This is not advisable as you don’t know what you are standing on. The pain is usually due to friction from your foot moving around in the shoe or also from hard insoles. When you wear heels almost all the pressure is on the ball of your foot and toes. I’ve tried those gel cushions but I don’t...

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Top Tip: Create your own custom design shoes

                It’s something I think every shoe lover has thought of at one stage or another….designing and owning the perfect pair of shoes. I came across Amanda from I CAN make shoes through twitter last week. She started following me and I like to check out all my new followers. I landed on her website and it was a total OH MY WOW moment.   I couldn’t believe that all the amazing shoes were handmade by “normal” ladies with no prior experience...

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Top Tip: Change Your Shoes

What a great excuse to buy more shoes On a serious note however it is advisable to change your shoes regularly and not wear the same pair days on end.  Both your feet and your shoes deserve a break every so often. Wearing the same pair of shoes every day will damage your shoes and dramatically reduce the life of them.  The reason for this is your feet sweat (gross I know) and this gets absorbed into the upper, lining and insole of your shoes which will in turn...

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Top Tip: Driving Shoes

This weeks top tip is sure to save your shoes from scuffs and damage. Having a pair of driving shoes will dramatically decrease the amount of wear and tear your other shoes go through. I don’t know how many shoes I’ve ruined from driving but I know it’s quite a few and it’s very annoying to put it mildly. Some of my shoes have the tell tale signs of driving wear, more notably on the right grrr! It’s very simple really, get yourself a pair of driving shoes. An...

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