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DIY – Create Some More Room In Those Tight Shoes

DIY – Create Some More Room In Those Tight Shoes

I recently copped these Dorothy Perkins Laser Cut Pumps in a nude color and i had been super excited about wearing them. Fast forward to Church the following Sunday, i had not taken more than a few steps and they started to bite, i mean bite really hard. Half way into the service, they were off so i could wiggle my toes. Tight shoes can be a mess. A few years ago, that would have been the last time i’d wear them, but because i have been forced to give out many shoes i love, i knew i had to find a solution. Those shoes were a size 8, there’s no way i would not be able to wear them. So i put some hacks i had learned to use, which i should have done prior to that. In 5 easy ways, here’s how to get more room in those snug shoes you’re not ready to let go of. It could be they came a half size small or you’re dealing with pregnancy feet. The best thing to do most times is to wear them around the house with a thick pair of socks the day you get them. Yup, make your living room your run way and strut in those babies for more than a few minutes. Do that a few times everyday till you actually get to wear them out. But for more effective stretching methods, try any of these or a combination. STRETCH THEM IN A FREEZER: Yep you read that right, it’s just basic science. All you need to do is fill a ziploc bag... read more
Pom Poms, Feathers And Fur Because It’s Tuesday And It’s Shoesday.

Pom Poms, Feathers And Fur Because It’s Tuesday And It’s Shoesday.

No more just a pair of in house footwear, the Pom Pom, feathers and fur shoe trend is one that has come to stay as a fashion statement piece. From Carrie Bradshaw’s Dolce and Gabanna Fur Sandals featured in the HBO Sex And The City series to Paul Andrew’s 2017 Fall/Winter Feather sandals at the 2017 New York Fashion Week, the trend has evolved over the years and looks like it’s going no where.   From the high end luxury designers to the high street brands, there is a pair for everyone and because it’s Tuesday and it’s shoes day, here are some amazing designs that would make you want to jump on this trend. They are the perfect way to put some sass and details to a seemingly boring outfit.         There’s so many styles with this trend and after much debate on personal choices, i hopped on a pair. For the high end designers, you will part with $500 upwards while the high street brands sell for between $30 and $100 (N10,000 and above). You can shop for this trend HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE depending on what you’re looking for. And of course from the retail side of life with Sole Divas. Best part is with a pair of barely there sandals or plain pumps you want to add some vibes to, you can make a pair of your own and save some cash. In these easy picture steps i got from DAMASK LOVE, you are well on your way to adding some sass to your footwear closet.          ... read more
From Imagination To Paper and On Your Feet: It All starts With A Sketch!!!

From Imagination To Paper and On Your Feet: It All starts With A Sketch!!!

In recent times i have been trying my hands on shoe sketching. I would say i generally suck when it comes to drawing, so i’ve had to go back to the basics. I’m not perfect yet, it doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect, but there’s an amazing feeling that comes with being able to interpret those ideas in your head on paper with a sketch. RELATED POST: THE AMAZING ARTWORK OF SOPHIA WEBSTER For every time i go into a stationery store now, i am collecting colored pencils and sketch pads and drawing pencils, it’s my new obsession. Of course I’ve had to look up to some of my favorite footwear designers for inspiration and guidance and it’s great to see that many of these shoes start with a sketch. You own it when you can add this and take that out and adjust this till you get just what it is you’re looking to create. Manolo Blahnik by far has the most collection of sketches and this book Manolo Blahnik Drawings is up on my next “To Buy” list. (Hint Hint – Christmas never can come too early) From Giuseppe Zanotti to Paul Andrew, Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, here are a few of the sketches from which their shoes came to life.         And some more…               Whether they do it themselves or pay people to do it for them, seeing these designs on paper brings some measure of excitment. Manolo Blahnik is by far the God Father of soles, his originality and creativity cannot be rivaled. Let me go back... read more
Diary Of A Shoe Lover – Season 2, Episode 8- This is Where The Story Ends…

Diary Of A Shoe Lover – Season 2, Episode 8- This is Where The Story Ends…

It’s been an amazing 2 seasons in this mini series “The Diary Of A Shoe Lover”. I trust you guys have enjoyed the story so far. What started out to be the story of a girl who was in love with shoes and would clean her bank account dry to get her favorite pair, grew into the lives, times and experiences of three women and their loved ones. I enjoyed writing every episode and i like how i was able to get lost in each character. Your favorite series will come to an end with this episode and i hope you’ve learned a few lessons or can relate to some of the experiences. Enjoy and share your thoughts. Xoxo, Jay. Read Episode 7 Here The store launch was a massive success, everyone came out in their numbers to support us. Family, friends, even my ex colleagues and bosses were there. It had been the busiest 2 months of my entire life, like literally. From the last 3 events of Aishat’s wedding to my vacation to Hawaii and back to get ready for the store opening and then my surprise baby shower, which wasn’t so much a surprise, as i knew it was coming. The days and weeks past had been full of activities. Now was the time i needed to really rest. I was due to have my babies in 8 weeks and the gynecologist we were seeing, as Hakeem never allowed me go for any appointment without him, had hinted i’d most likely not carry the pregnancy to the full term of 40 weeks because it was a multiple... read more
Diary Of A SHoe Lover S2 Episode 7 – In His Time He Makes All Things Beautiful!!

Diary Of A SHoe Lover S2 Episode 7 – In His Time He Makes All Things Beautiful!!

Read Episode 6 here “Go Ai, go Ai, go Ai” I screamed at the top of my voice, attempting to compete with the booming sounds from the Bangs and Olusfen speakers in my living room. Wizkid’s Daddy Yo was playing and Aishat was giving us out of this world steps. It felt like our University years again. How I missed those days so much, when all we worried about were boys, making good grades and wearing the best clothes. *sigh* Tonight it was all about Aishat, her journey to being Mrs Timehin Bob Egbe was in full gear and we were going all into it. The family introduction had taken place about 2months after the proposal. We had all gone to the north, to Kano, Aishat’s home town. You would never believe the kind of wealth she was born into. Her father’s mansion was like a city on its own. I mean it was big enough to comfortably accommodate all of us that went with her. It was so much fun and we stayed a few extra days to see enough of the city before we headed back to Lagos. Now this was part two, her bridal shower, almost another 2months after the introduction. The traditional marriage was coming up in the next 2 weeks and the pre-wedding dinner and finally the white wedding the week after. The running around had been such a task. With Ivie nursing Osagie, I was left to do most of the work. She came back to Nigeria as soon as he clocked 3months, so she had missed the introduction. We had been planning... read more
Diary Of A Shoe Lover, Season 2 Episode 3 – Finding Peace

Diary Of A Shoe Lover, Season 2 Episode 3 – Finding Peace

Read Season 2 Episode 2 Here “I really needed this holiday” Aishat said, rolling over to her back.   “I think I needed it more, I feel so alive being away from it all. It’s been a crazy past week.”  Ivie replied taking a sip of her Caipirinha.  Three of us in Rio De Janeiro, we had decided to go on vacation for a week to get away from the troubles surrounding our once problem free lives. Everyday, being an adult seemed more unappealing. After Ivie’s revelation of Eddy’s escapades that had led to him getting his girlfriend pregnant, I felt like the world was crashing down on me. For more than a moment, it wasn’t about Ivie or the immense hurt she must be going through, it became about me. A terrible fear overtook me. If Eddy who had a beautiful daughter and another baby on the way could have an extra marital affair that had led to pregnancy, what was my fate? Me, who couldn’t even miss a menstrual period not to talk of the likelihood of getting pregnant. I did all I could to mask my fears that day and even as I cried along with Ivie and Aisha, none of them would have guessed the real reason behind my uncontrollable tears. After crying to our hearts fill, Aishat suggested we pray. And pray we did, asking God for peace and healing and grace not to lose ourselves in the midst of the curve balls life was throwing our way. It was a welcome idea by Aisha to get away and we had chosen Brazil. My mum... read more
Throw Back Thursday- Just yesterday it was the 90’s

Throw Back Thursday- Just yesterday it was the 90’s

I was listening to the 90’s TLC’s Waterfall a few days ago and remembered my friend Tosin, i remember we used to call her Ruka (From Rukayat, her muslim name) back then. Ruka and her siblings were the coolest kids on our street. She had older siblings in secondary school and the university and if i wasn’t in school or in my house, then i was at theirs. Ruka and her sister Yemi, who we were all age mates, had access to every fashionable piece you could think of and they became my real time fashion icons. My love for shoes most likely started from the womb, because even at age 6/7, i remember hopelessly taking in the structure of their clogs and jelly sandals and running home to ask my mum to buy me a pair. I particularly loved going to their house when their older sisters were around because their heels were always higher and a lot sexier and their dance steps even hotter. The early 90’s were my formative years and the shoes that rocked those first 10 years of my life are shoes i can’t forget in a hurry. CLOGS: These were hands down my favorite shoe style of the 90’s. I wanted them at all cost, although i didn’t get them at the time i wanted, when i finally did, they had a special spot in my wardrobe. I practically adored them and would wear them EVERYWHERE just so i was identified as a Cool Kid. The Clogs never really left and have evolved over the years in more detailed and sophisticated designs. JELLY SANDALS: If you... read more
Feature Friday: Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps

Feature Friday: Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps

This post is inspired by my fitfam sister, Aramide. She was confused as to what shoes to pick between the Louboutin Iriza Glitter D’orsay pumps and Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps. If you know me well, i have a very soft spot for Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik follows very closely. But i’d almost always go with a Louboutin design.     Taking away my sentiments and undying love for Christian Louboutin, i went with the Manolo Blahnik pumps. First was the heel height, they were a 70mm, Satin fabric and oh that buckle embellishment that makes it the hangisi pumps. It is an all time classic pair which is what Aramide was looking for. It is also very versatile which means it can take you from day to night without being to much or too little. They are just the perfect pair. Reviews have also sworn that they are the most comfortable pair of luxury shoes you can own. The Hangisi pumps have been around for many many years and i fell in love with them first in the Sex and the city movie when Carrie Bradshaw wore it to her court wedding with Big, i mean they are the shoes Big proposed with. I had since then fantasized about being proposed to with a pair of shoes but my Nigerian lover won’t let me be great. They come in a variety of yummy colors, heel heights and styles, and are an absolute favorite with any fashionista that collects luxury shoes.   Trust our Nigerian celebrities not to be left out as they have been seen on the likes of Tosin... read more
Diary Of A Shoe Lover – Episode 8 – Building Faith

Diary Of A Shoe Lover – Episode 8 – Building Faith

Episode 7 here Dear Diary, I can’t get over the lunch date i had today. This mumu Gbenga must really think highly of himself o. Very shallow thinker as well. I don’t know how i managed 45 minutes with him and didn’t hit his head with the bottle of red wine on the table. Imagine him saying no matter how accomplished a woman is, she must take her place in life as the second class citizen she is… SMH. That was the end of lunch for me. As fine and educated as he is, abeg please remind me to block his number. And i thought there was something there, i even went all out to get dressed for the date. I miss my girls sha, can’t wait to have them back in town. Work on the other hand is going on pretty well, the pressure is less, although i’m working on another client. I hope i can seal the deal before my birthday. That’s how 26 has come knocking o, babes aren’t getting younger. I’m most excited about my savings, i can’t believe i can be this disciplined. It’s been tough but the account statements makes it all worth it. I cancelled my card at SoleDivas before i fall into temptation. I haven’t bought any shoes in 3 months and that’s a feat. Altogether now, i have a total of 211 pairs. Except they are a gift, i won’t be buying anymore shoes till Christmas. If Christian Louboutin likes, he should sell his shoes for N2,ooo each *side eye*…. It had been a slow 2 weeks for me without... read more
Diary Of A Shoe Lover – Episode 6 – The Great Intervention

Diary Of A Shoe Lover – Episode 6 – The Great Intervention

Episode 5 here… Dear Diary, *Sigh*… Shame will not even let me clock in here. I have really been humbled. The other night at Ai’s house, i got an E-mail alert from my bank, turns out my account balance could not buy me a one way ticket to Abuja, and payday was still about 20 days away. I couldn’t mention it to the girls. Going through my statement, it turns out all my money had been going recklessly on shoes. To think i still had debts to pay. I have no savings, no investments, no back up and i work so hard and earn so well. My parents must not know about this, they wouldn’t let me hear the last of it. My dad would be so so disappointed. Damn, i bet you are too. Thank God for Hakeem whose advice redeemed me. I have a lot of work to do on my finances. A whole lot of work. Meanwhile, plans for Ivie’s wedding is underway, her dad wants to get it done as soon as possible. Surprisingly, they agreed on something small both for the bride price payment and the church wedding. It will be my first time in Benin and i’m looking forward to it. After seeing my account balance in black and white, i literally went into freeze mode. I had less than N25,000 in heaven and on earth plus debts that were way over that amount which i had incurred sub-consciously buying this and that and most especially footwear. I managed to keep it together for the rest of the night with the girls, and i couldn’t... read more
Diary Of A Shoe Lover – Episode 5 – The Vow And A Wedding

Diary Of A Shoe Lover – Episode 5 – The Vow And A Wedding

Dear Diary, Last night was magical and that is all. I cannot count how many times i cried. Choi, God needs to send me my own personal bae, not another person’s bae o. My own gan gan. My brother scored best lover in the world goals for all that he put together for Sis Moji. The highlight for me was when he was acknowledging all his wrongs, and how he was committed to dedicate the rest of his life to loving her right, and then Timi Dakolo came out of no where singing “The Vow”. I wish i could freeze that scene forever. From the corner of my eyes, i saw my mum shed a few tears, it was such a beautiful moment. And did my SIL look beautiful or not, her three looks from the vow renewal, the dinner, down to the after party dress were absolutely breath taking. Yesterday was all forms of magic. *SIGH* Almost a week after the anniversary, and we couldn’t stop talking about it. The girls and i were having an early dinner, the Friday after, at Aisha’s place. She had made this really lovely oil-less efo riro with grilled fish and boiled plantain. I was fast adapting to fitfam life and literally in food heaven. “I hope we don’t get blinded by your rock” I teased Ivie as she stretched her hand across the table to get some wine. Yes, another big moment from the party. Ivie’s boyfriend had proposed to her that night. Hakeem had made a joke about it earlier, when Timi was serenading us with some good music, saying he... read more
SoleDivas DIY : Revamp Your Shoes!!!

SoleDivas DIY : Revamp Your Shoes!!!

One of my style goals for this year is to get in the sun and take as many pictures as i can especially for the purpose of the blog. How can i be a shoe lover and blogger and keep hiding behind my computer? I was de-cluttering the other day and found out some of my shoes had suffered from heat damage. I have not worn a lot of my shoes in about 2 years and to be honest i haven’t also paid that much attention to them like i should (*bite me*). I have had to pick out some and say bye bye to them but some, i’m still guarding jealously. Casting my mind back to the interview with Joseph Limandri i decided some DIY ideas will be in place for a Shoe Revamp,and trust me i love some DIY. From making my wigs (I made the one i wore in the picture above), to my baby’s Diaper bag, getting creative with my hands is my thing. I did my research and let’s just say, i’d be keeping my shoes for a longer time now. I’d share a few of the ideas. 1. Jeweled Shoes as inspired by Joseph Limandri: Because i’m an embellishment girl, these caught my eyes and i’d be trying something similar. For this, you’d need: A pair of suede Sandals   Multi Shaped Rhinestones and Small round stones Tweezers E 6000 Glue Small container Toothpick Creative hands Quick and easy Steps 1. Clean the surface of the portion of the shoes you want to embellish. It’s most advisable to embellish on suede fabric. 2. Squirt some of the glue... read more
Sole Divas Exclusive Interview: Joseph Limandri

Sole Divas Exclusive Interview: Joseph Limandri

Joseph Limandri lives in San diego, California and has a shoe fetish. I got to know about him when I saw these shoes he had crystallized. They looked to professional and I said to myself, Christian Louboutin will go green with envy. I am very big on details and nothing beats a pair of crystal embellished shoes. Setting precious stones on shoes with such precision by hand is no small feat. And what brand can be better as a muse than the Louboutins? Looking through his work showed just how passionate he is about what he does. His attention to EVERY detail is exquisite. Our E-mail correspondence wasn’t a long one, he was kind enough to grant me the interview with no fuss. Here’s what we got down to. Enjoy!! SOLE DIVAS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOSEPH LIMANDRI: JAY: For how long have you been in the business of revamping and customizing female shoes and how did it start? JOSEPH: When I was in high school, I used to buy and resell highend clothes on eBay for side money. This sparked my interest in designer footwear and the more shoes I bought and resold, the more I familiarized myself with all the different brands. This is when Christian Louboutin started becoming really popular, so I would poke around on the Purse Forum blog every now and then, particularly on the DIY Christian Louboutin Strassing section. I saw other women applying crystals to their own shoes so I figured I’d give it a shot myself. Realizing there was also a niche market that hadn’t been tapped into yet for this type of... read more
Be True To Yourself! – Practical Tips On Shopping Shoes On Line And In Store

Be True To Yourself! – Practical Tips On Shopping Shoes On Line And In Store

As much as i’m a shoe lover, a pointed toe pump lover and more importantly a louboutin lover, I knew thoughts of me were not anywhere on his mind when he created the “So Kate” pumps. He must have been thinking 50kg body weight, lean and slender. And no Christian, I ain’t even mad at you. I understand totally. The So Kates would forever remain one of my absolutely favorite pumps, but from the first time I got the chance to put my feet in them, I knew they weren’t for me. I used to be that girl that could rock 5″ heels and wouldn’t mind the discomfort.   Yea, my body weight and lifestyle those years could accommodate it. 7 years later with 3 kids and a shift in weight, i’m learning to embrace my reality till I can work my way back to yesteryears.    And this is why i’m here today.  It’s one thing to buy a gorgeous pair of shoes, it’s another thing to enjoy wearing them and thereby get your money’s worth. I’d be sharing practical tips in this two part post on how to shop for shoes, online and in store.  Let’s start with in store shopping which gives more room to make better decisions.   I can spend a whole week from store to store shoe shopping and I wouldn’t complain for one minute. The fact that I can try on the shoes and see how they fit always gets me high (if you know what I mean). Essentially, these are things to look out for when shopping in store. COMFORT: The moment... read more
Sole Divas DIY: How To Clean Your Velvet Shoes!!!

Sole Divas DIY: How To Clean Your Velvet Shoes!!!

We all know by now that velvet is very much in trend. I love the lushness and vintage feel to it. Whether they are Luxury or high street, it’d be a shame to have them looking worn out after just a few wears. Just like suede, they tend to attract dirt faster than other shoe fabrics. So there’s need to care for them from the first day. I’d share a few tips on how to care for and maintain your velvet shoes in the next few steps. For a new pair of velvet shoes, the first thing to do is protect them by using a waterproof spray. I’d recommend the Kiwi Protect All Spray. If you’re a lover of satin, silk, velvet and suede shoes, a can of this spray is a must have. Water proofing your shoes from the day you get them will help them last longer and makes maintenance a lot easier. Be sure to get a neutral colored spray. You’d need a – Soft toothbrush – Mild liquid dish soap or handwash – Water – Small jar or glass – Clean cloth After every wear, First, clean the velvet shoe with a soft bristled toothbrush to get rid of any dirt or stains accumulated on them. Do this lightly to avoid getting the fabric damaged.   2. Prepare a mixture of water and mild liquid dish soap or hand wash in a small bowl, I’d prefer hand wash as it’s milder. Use just a small amount of water and mix till it’s foamy or has bubbles/suds.     3. With the bristles of your toothbrush, scoop up a small quantity of the bubbles/suds... read more
Did You Know??? – 5 Tips and Tricks You Would Certainly Need!!!

Did You Know??? – 5 Tips and Tricks You Would Certainly Need!!!

It’s one thing to finally be able to buy those shoes you have been longing for, be it luxury or a steal. The fact that you’ve had to part with money, you want to make the most of it, right? In the past, I used to buy shoes just because, sometimes I don’t even consider the comfort. I see it, I like it, I can afford it, then it’s mine. Simple! Then I find out I can’t wear them after the first try because they are simply not comfortable. Now with more responsibility and other things to use money for, i’m a lot more careful. If I end up with an uncomfortable pair of shoes, I find a way to make it work for me. Today, I want to share with you 5 of the tricks I’ve learned over time to make uncomfortable shoes become comfortable. Let’s tackle the problem from the point of purchase. I read a long time ago that your feet tend to swell at noon as opposed to when you wake up in the morning. From paying attention, it is actually true. So Tip 1, shop for shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their actual size. This way, you’re more certain of the fit. I suffer from sweaty feet especially when I wear closed toe shoes. That can be a really messy situation. But who made the rule that panty liners can only be used to line your panties. Pick up that panty liner and slide them into your shoes, wipe your feet dry, apply some baby powder underneath and be on your... read more

Shoe Care – Satin Fever

I promised to share a few tips and tricks as to how to clean and care for your shoes after the holidays, and here it is. My first DIY post on shoe care was on suede and i hope many of you have been able to apply the things i shared there. Today i’d be taking you through cleaning and maintaining the shine of Satin shoes. Satin shoes are probably the second most dreaded shoe fabric after suede especially when it comes to maintenance. I particularly love Satin because of the lush, luxurious feel and look they have and how they just seem to synchronize with the skin(whatever the tone). However, once they get any stain on them(oil,water, wine e.t.c), they automatically lose all that shine.   First is learning to protect your shoes and maintaining that lush look, and what better way to protect your satin shoes than HAIRSPRAY… Yes, an oil based hairspray would be perfect for this. Many of us have shoes we probably don’t wear in a month, 2 or even 3 months (if you are like me, make that 1 year). Such shoes need the most attention. Once in a month or as time would permit, keep them protected.   1. Spray your shoes with hair spray holding the can about 6″ away covering the entire area of the shoe and making sure not to soak any area. 2. Give about 2- 3 coats. Make sure to let it get dry between coats. This will give your shoes a different kind of shine and protect it from easily absorbing dirt. To clean your shoes in between wears 1.... read more

Pamper Your Feet, Be Your Own #WomanCrushEveryday

Face beat to the heavens and back, LBD (Little Black Dress) on fleek, Accessories blinding by their blings, Hair so laid, then down to the feet, 4″ embellished peep toe pumps revealing hanging claws toe nails with chipped polish, toe lint (OMG!!! TOE LINT), dry feet, white and cracking……giiirrrrrrllllllll, you can’t be anybody’s Woman Crush Anyday. Many of us have found ourselves in this situation, well i have and more than a few times too.That is why this Wednesday we are going to take time out to show ourselves some love by pampering our feet and taking the confidence level to a 100 to become our own #WCE (WomanCrushEveryday). 1. Get A Pedicure:If your whole feet situation need rehabilitation like this one below, then please get to the nearest salon and get a professional pedicure. Thank you!   But if the situation is quite like this one below, then you can salvage the situation in a few minutes with these simple steps. D.I.Y PEDICURE A. Get rid of chipped nail polish with cotton wool and polish remover. B. Fill a bowl with warm water( hot enough that your skin can withstand it), add some shampoo, bath salt(or your regular cooking salt) ,a few slices of lemon and soak your feet in them for 10 mins or more. P.S: You can also repeat step above after a long day out spent on your feet in heels (without the shampoo). It relaxes the muscles of the feet and soothes pains and aches*** C. Scrub the hard portion of your soles with a scrubbing stone (Pumice stone) to remove calluses. D. Pat dry with a towel... read more