A question has flooded in from a reader! Which is great because, you know, I love questions. This one comes from Daisy, who writes:
First of all, I LOVE your blog. I have become addicted to it and actively try to resist my shoe shopping urges by being a good girl and just looking at pretty shoes on your website. Usually several times a day, the urge is STRONG. 🙂
But, of course, I do own tons of shoes and I have a pressing emergency. How do you keep your heels undamaged? Maybe it’s just the Belgian pavement, but I always manage to ruin the back of my heels. Do you have any tips or tricks to keep them nice and new looking? (I noticed the state of your gorgeous red Matalan shoes, your heels still look brand new)
Thanks, and bye!
Daisy, I feel your pain. Those red heels you mention? Total fluke. And probably not a situation that will continue for too much longer. I, you see, am the Queen of Clumsy. If there is a crack in the pavement, my heel will be stuck in it. If there’s a particularly muddy patch of grass, just ripe for sinking into, that is the patch of grass I will stand on. So I know ALL about heels getting ruined, and I have two solutions for this problem, although I’m hoping some of my readers may be able to offer up some more.
1. Clean Heels Heel Stoppers or similar
I have a pair of these:
I actually bought mine on eBay, but if you Google “heel stoppers”, you’ll find lots of results for them: they seem to be sold almost everywhere. There are also lots of other brands offering a similar kind of thing, but these are the only ones I’ve tried, so they’re the only ones I can talk about from a personal perspective.
As you can probably see from the image, the idea here is simple: you just slide the stopper onto the bottom of your stiletto and it prevents your heels from slipping into cracks into the pavement, muddy grass and other heel-ruining substances.
They also protect floors, and that’s actually why I bought mine. We were going to a Halloween party at a friend’s house: my costume required high heels (Um, obviously) but I didn’t want to damage my friend’s floors, so I bought these. The downside is that although they’re clear, they’re still quite visible: I had quite a few “What’s that on your shoe?” questions when I last wore them, although, that said, everyone who asked about them thought they were a great idea, and one friend went straight home and bought a pair for herself.
The upside is that they’re very secure, you don’t notice them while you’re wearing them (i.e. they don’t make a difference to the way you walk or anything) and they do protect your heels, although obviously they will only work with stilettos. Which brings me to my second suggestion….
2. Make friends with your cobbler
Hmm, now that I write that word, I find myself wondering: do they still call them “cobblers”? I know there are a lot less of them around than there used to be (I remember when this was all fields…), but you know what I mean: people who repair shoes, generally found in small corners of shops that cut keys?
A good cobbler is something all shoe lovers should try to find, because they can do a whole lot more than simply replacing heels and soles: they can fit insoles, create special heel-guards to make shoes fit better… and they can repair stiletto heels. Now, I’m not saying they can work miracles, and if a shoe is very badly damaged they may not be able to help AT ALL, but I’ve had stilettos returned to me looking almost as good as new, so if you have shoes that look past their best, it’s worth finding out if they can help you before you consign them to the scrapheap.
So, there you have it: one prevention and one cure for damaged heels. I know there are other ways to keep shoes looking (almost) as good as new, though: anyone know of any?