Shoes are an important factor in good grooming. They can either break down a good outfit or enhance an outdated one. Care must be used in their maintenance and repair to avoid embarrassment and incur further expenses. Most of these repairs can be done at home or by someone who understands them instead of taking it back to the factory.
Quick tips for do it yourself shoe repairs
Scratches and dark spots
Dark spots and scratches are moisturized then covered using shoe cream or paste polish. The choice of polish should ensure a good blend. However, suede is cleaned when dry, by brushing in the direction of the fibers. For patent leather, glass cleaner or vaseline removes the scuff and brings about a good polish.
Shoes must be maintained clean at all times. This will ensure durability by reducing the rate of wear and tear.
Repairing a torn shoe
Make the area near the hole rough, for better adhesion, seal the hole from the inside then apply shoe glue from the outside. Leave it to fully dry then remove excess material by wiping it with paint thinner.
Attaching a sole
Remove the sole completely, apply the shoe glue to both the sole and the bottom of the shoe then align together. Remove excessive glue then allow the shoe to dry. A heavy object is placed on the shoe to exert pressure to make a tighter bond.
For small holes, sealing is done using a dab (colored nail polish). Use a permanent marker to camouflage and then a coat of clear nail polish. For colored shoes, care must be taken when choosing the color of the marker.
Stretching shoes when it is too tight by freezing it. Fill the shoe with water and place it in the freezer for a few hours. Removed and thaw for 20minutes. Try on the shoe and see if it fits you better. It uses the principle of water expanding when frozen. It gives best results with leather shoes.
Broken straps can be repaired by hand stitching or using a sewing machine. To make sure that this repair work is not noticeable one can add colored ribbons or beads to give it a new look.
Old leather can be given another lease of life giving it a good coat of leather polish. Squeeze a small amount on a microfiber cloth then apply directly onto the shoe. Spread it slowly until the shoe becomes dry completely. You can repeat the process severally until you achieve a good polish.