Save the Heels

“A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk”

-Christian Louboutin, A French footwear designer

I love high heels. There’s no two ways about it. I feel drawn to them. I love the height they give and the way they make your legs look. As Christian Louboutin says “for me there ain’t no high heel high enough”. Hence the aptly named Stilettos & Statements. However I want to talk about a subject  cause that is near and dear to my heart. High heel abuse. What is high heel abuse? It occurs when we have a beautiful pair of shoes that we destroy due to a lack of care. Many of you out there are abusers. It’s okay. Don’t be ashamed. There is a treatment plan available.

Below are some tips  treatment steps to put you on the path to recovery:

  1. Buy the best quality you can afford – A quality pair of shoes can last a lifetime if you take care of them (and the design doesn’t go out of style). Everyone can’t afford a pair of Christian Louboutins but opt for the next best thing in your price range. My motto is quality over quantity.
  2. Replace the tip on your heels regularly – With regular wear the tip on your heel wears down. If you allow the tip to wear too much, the nail that attaches it to the heel becomes visible. Exposed nailWhen this occurs your heel becomes slippery on surfaces such as stone or tile and can cause you to fall. It also makes a terrible sound that can draw unwanted attention (a personal pet peeve). To replace the tip you can take your shoes to your local repair shop or perform the job yourself using the steps found here.
  3. Repair the leather on your heels – If you have neglected to replace the tip on your heel appropriately or you are a casualty of city sidewalks, your stilettos may begin to look like a dog’s chew toy. Peeling leatherIf your shoes aren’t too far gone, ask your shoe repair man to work some magic and bring your heels back to life. If your shoes have flatlined and charging the paddles to 300 can’t save them (yes I watch too much Grey’s Anatomy), let them rest in peace and refer back to tip #1.
  4. Don’t drive in your heels – This seemingly harmless activity can wreak havoc on your heels. Unless you have your car detailed weekly, your mats have a build up of dirt that is unkind to your shoes. As your heel continually rests on the mat, you will begin to develop a dirt deposit on your shoe that turns black and can ruin those purple suede platform pumps for good. Keep a pair of driving shoes in the car to absorb the dirt and preserve your sexy.
  5. Protect/shine your shoes – Shoe shines are not just for men. Leather shoes desperately need regular conditioning and polishing with shoe polish. Proper conditioning helps keep your shoes from cracking and showing signs of wear.

A shoe has so much more to offer. It can make or break your outfit. Remember,  if you’re good to your heels, they will be good to you.

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