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I put a strip of duct tape on the inside heel of my sneakers. It seems a hole is always wore in the lining of the heel before the other parts of the sneaker is worn out.
By Janet from LaPorte City, IA
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I bought a pair of slip ons which are slightly (1/2size) loose on me. How can I make them tight on my feet? Could you suggest the best remedy? I would appreciate it highly.
Cheap shoe inserts are the easiest way to go. Or wear thicker socks.
Are they leather? If so, try wetting them and letting them dry.
Wear more sox.
Wear extra socks.
I use Dr. Scholl insoles or Walgreens' brand in my shoes.
I had a problem with shoes being too big and I took a cotton ball and stuffed it into the toe of each shoe. Make it fit a lot better.
Love those shoes but even with extra socks, they are just too big? Here is a quick, inexpensive solution!
Trace around each of your feet on a piece of carpet. Now place them in your shoes that are too large. Now they fit correctly and comfortably!
I just got a used pair of boots. The zipper is still operable, but sticks especially at the bottom. The zipper is plastic. The boots, all man-made material, are well worn. The zipper is still strong, but hard to zip. Any ideas? Thanks.
By RC from Crescent City, CA
When my kids were little I used to put margarine or cooking oil on the zippers. It usually isn't the zipper that sticks but "street gunk" clogs them up. Just take a cloth and go from one end to the other. That should fix it.
Try a little WD40!
Bees Wax or soap are both good for unsticking the zippers. I hope this helps.
You can also rub either the stub of a candle, or a crayon that matches the zipper on the teeth, to help the sticking.
My red converse shoes have gotten color-faded. How can I fix this? Only the red part is color-faded.
Bigge C from Houstone, TX
Have you tried the red fabric pens or paints from the craft stores?
It they are leather -you can use old red lipstick as shoe polish (or go to the shoe repair shop and buy Meltonian in red - that's the only brand with lots of colors.)
If they are leather you could use an old red lipstick for shoe polish - or get red shoe polish- The Meltonian brand available at shoe repair shops comes in a wide range of colors.
I have 2 pairs of shoes that I really love but the straps that go around my heel will not stay on my heel. I have tried to tighten the strap but that doesn't work. The shoe fits fine except the strap will not stay put. Help!
If you only wear them occasionally try what's called "body and clothing tape" or "fashion tape". It's a double sided tape that won't hurt you or your clothing. Models, etc. use it to hold up dress tops or hold down swimsuit edges. You can find it at most fabric stores either with sewing adhesives (like stitch witchery) or with undergarment supplies (like hooks and eyes or bra extenders).
Yoou could try a piece of moleskin on the inside of the strap, this is what we use for blisters on the heal. It should work.
I have barely used high heels that have the insole rolled up on the heel portion.
How can I fix this? It is from the shoe being stored and the insoles have dried and rolled.
Apply a small amount of super glue.
I bought a great pair of boots at a thrift store. They do not have the heel pad on the bottom (just open). There is no shoe repair shop around. How can I do this myself? What materials would I use? Thanks!
By DeeDee from Linville, NC
You can order taps or tips on line for boots, Here is a picture of some of them. www.amazon.com/
There is a glue called shoe Goo. I hope this helps. Here is a link on how to use Shoe Goo and what it is made of. www.ehow.com/
The tips might be more expensive than going to a cobbler. :)
Good luck on your shoes!
If you have a blown out flip flop, you may be able to temporarily thong to stay in place with a plastic bread clip. Use a bread tag for a broken flip flop for a quick and easy fix for your footwear.
Sometimes new shoes will have very slippery soles. You can try roughing them up with sandpaper. This is a page about using sandpaper to make shoes less slippery.
This page is about removing scuff marks on leather shoes. When your leather footwear gets scratched you need to find a way to cover or remove the marks.