When we get something valuable that we would hate to lose, we insure it. Why not do the same for your shoe investments? They don’t have to be expensive- just something you would hate to see ruined by a gashed heel or worn soles/heels. For a fraction of what the shoes cost, add one or more of these Fashion First Aid items to ensure (insure) they will survive disaster.
Colored Sole Protection: removable layer to keep the beautiful colored bottoms intact. Sticky Bottoms (starting at $5.50/pair) are clear film pieces you cut to the exact size. For the ultimate protection and grip, use in conjunction with Gripalicious or Kung Shoe Grip.
Heel Protection: permanent or removable pieces to keep the heel from getting stabbed by urban hazards. Patent leathers and leathers are perfect candidates for Heel of Steel, an impenetrable urethane layer you cut to the exact heel shape and size that will forever heel your heel looking new. For suedes and other textured heel covers, the removable Smart Heel (on sale for $4.95) are a decent option when you know you will be facing some hazards en route.
Worn Heel Protection: instant adhesive heel taps. Heel Seals (new improved version available 01 June, starting at $1.50/pair) adhere to hard flat heels (not soft rubber) to keep them from wearing out and requiring a trip to the shoe repair.
Odor Protection: you know who you are. Flatliners keep new shoes from smelling like old shoes, and keep old shoes from causing cardiac arrest upon removal.