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...
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...
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...

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....

DIY – Shoe Storage Ideas (Pt.2)

  The best part of having an organized shoe closet is seeing the beauty of your shoes displayed. You appreciate your shoes better. Imagine going into a shoe store and all the shoes are just lying in one corner stacked on top of each other, I bet you won’t consider ever parting with your hard earned money in such a store. Having an organized shoe closet also helps your shoes breath which in turn makes them last longer. You don’t have to spend a fortune building a walk in closet, any space will do just fine. All your shoes don’t have to be in one space, shoes are a work of art, displaying them in any space will do just fine, just make sure they aren’t that pair begging for freedom. Here are more DIY tips that would cost you little or even nothing. 1. Maximize Your Wardrobe Space: On the bottom part of your wardrobe where you hang your shirts, u can have a carpenter fit in a layer of woodwork. So now you have 2layers to display your shoes, the new layer and the floor space. Just be sure there’s enough space between your longest hanging cloth item and the new layer so you can see your shoes. 2. Book Shelves: Get creative with your book shelf, seeing your shoes hanging there may actually motivate you to pick up a book and read( Shoes will motivate me to do anything). 3. Underneath Your Bed: Storing your shoes underneath your bed doesn’t necessarily have to mean dumping them there. Remember those door shoe pouches we used back then? You can recreate...