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7 Shoe Hacks That Just Might Change Your Life

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#1. YOU’RE PROBABLY TYING YOUR SHOES WRONG

If you are like nearly 80% of adults, you tie your shoelaces in the exact opposite way that you should – you need to loop OVER THE TOP. There are two forms of the typical shoelace knot – a weak form and a strong form. The strong form not only does a better job of staying tied, it also lays across the shoe rather than up and down the tongue. Loop over the top and get a stronger, better looking knot. Check out our strong knot video.

 

#2. YOUR HEELS DON’T HAVE TO SLIP

Heel slippage is extremely annoying, and it happens to a lot of us. But there’s hope for narrow heels! Before you ditch your kicks, try lacing through the top eyelets from the OUTSIDE IN. By doing so, you will shrink the shoe’s entry thereby tightening the mouth around your foot. Problem solved.

 

Wrong Way:

 

Correct Way:

 

#3. BUYING SHOELACES THAT ARE THE RIGHT LENGTH

You could take your old laces out, grab a tape measure, and get an exact length. Or, simply COUNT THE EYELETS. Shoelaces generally come in increments of 9 inches, so just multiply the number of eyelets by 9. If your shoes have 5 eyelets, a 45” lace should work. 6 eyelets? Go with 54”. It’s not a perfect science, but it’s pretty darn close.

 

#4. MAKE YOUR BOOTS LAST A FEW EXTRA MONTHS

Let’s be honest, leather is skin. And you need to treat it like skin with proper moisturizing. Exposure to the elements (water, sunlight, etc.) dries out leather, making it crack, tear, and leak. By USING A CONDITIONER– like mink oil or neatsfoot oil – you will extend the life of the leather, thereby postponing those same cracks and leaks. Bonus Note: Waterproofing sprays (like silicone) have an enormous drying effect on leather. Always apply a leather conditioner before you spray your boots. Check out the oiled boot pictured below on the left, compared to the dry boot on the right.

 

#5. YOU SHOULD BE STANDING ON FIRMER GROUND

If you stand a lot, the tendency is to choose the softest, cushiest shoe you can find. This is a mistake. Softer soles and insoles use a less-dense foam, which get condensed when pressure is applied to it. This feels great when you are walking because it is compressing and expanding with each step. But when you are standing, the compression never reverses, so you are essentially standing directly on the ground. RUNNING SHOES are a good choice because they are designed for high impact, so they never compress fully when standing. This provides ‘round the clock support that your knees and back will thank you for.

 

#6. YOUR FEET NEVER STOP GROWING

By the time we’re 18 we probably think that our foot size has maxed out. But, time and pressure literally weigh on your feet causing them to SPREAD OUT as you age. So don’t be stubborn about your shoe size – it will likely get bigger over time. Your feet want your shoes to fit right – and it’s smart to keep them happy. Have your shoe clerk measure your feet about once a year using a Brannock device (shown below). And don’t forget to measure the width!

 

#7. IT’S NOT THE “RULE OF YOUR THUMB”

Most people know that pressing your thumb sideways in between your big toe and the end of the shoe is a pretty good way to judge fit. But when you’re performing this same test for young children, you’re probably using the WRONG THUMB! The amount of space between your child’s toe and the end of her shoe should be equivalent to her thumb’s width, not yours. Use your own thumb and her arches probably won’t align.

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