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I love my shoes, and they’re all my favourites (just ask me). My Mother always liked to point out that “I only have two feet, and can only wear one pair at a time”, but I like to think of myself as a forward thinker. It’s pretty obvious one can only wear one pair at a time, but there’s 365 days to consider Mum… a girl needs to have options!

A pair of new shoes and boots is an investment to us ladies, so it’s critical to be dedicated and look after them from the moment you first buy them. I’m speaking from my own devastating disasters, in hope of saving shoes everywhere!

Picture this… A brand new pair of cream nubuck strappy stilettos. Nope! A brand new pair of cream nubuck strappy stilettos… stained by water from my old car that leaked, ruined all because I didn’t apply a water and stain protector! AAARRGGHH

Aaaarrrggghhh! Not my new shoes! I wish I had used a Water and Stain Protector!

Aaaarrrggghhh! Not my new shoes! I wish I had used a Water and Stain Protector!

Aaaarrrggghhh! Not my new shoes! I wish I had used a Water and Stain Protector!

After purchasing a brand new pair of shoes or boots add a non-slip sole, this is the ideal time to add an anti-slip sole. For pointy toe shoes, add a toe piece. This is a piece of leather added to the point of the shoe to reinforce this area. It will ensure the leather is protected, and won’t wear away at the point area. Any abrasions to the leather in this area are irreversible.

Dress shoes and boots are often made with a leather sole. The leather sole will wear quickly when wet from abrasive surfaces such as asphalt, and will allow moisture to seep through causing damp feet, socks and stockings. Adding a non-slip sole to dress shoes and boots, will keep out the moisture leaving your feet dry and toasty all year round, and prevent you from slipping in wet weather.

Water and stain protector will literally be your BFF. Apply as per the directions to all new shoes and allow them to dry completely before you wear them out. Remember to re-apply a water and stain protector regularly to all shoes every 6-8 wears after reapplication.

Fun Fact: Water and stain protector can double up as an anti-static agent for your hair!

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Now days it’s cheaper for manufacturers to produce shoes with plastic heel tips. It may be cheaper, but it’s a recipe for disaster if you were to slip in wet weather. If you tap the heel with the tip of your finger nail, plastic heels will sound hollow. Add a new pair of rubber heels immediately, and to all shoes to prevent injury and add grip.