Thanks to the thumbs up from many of you this week, I HAVE NEW SHOES!!!!! Brand new white shoes, even, with pretty white soles. And this is a little scary because I am a bit of a spaz. I will inevitably stick my heel in a sidewalk crack, scuff the bottoms doing pirouettes, and might spill salsa on the top. And THAT is why I need to spend 5 minutes Kim-proofing them before my first wear.
Protect the soles: I tend to keep my favorite shoes FOREVER (hello Prada mules from 1999), but with the rise of consignment sites, I want to be able to sell these if I find a different pair of white heels I love even more. So I will add Sticky Bottoms and Gripalicious. I just put the shoes on the liner side of Sticky Bottoms, trace, cut and stick. This will protect the soles from wear and come off cleanly when I am done. But this doesn’t provide traction or protect from divots when I walk on rocks (because I’m a spaz), so I will stick on a pair of Gripalicious (large) to the bottom as well.
Protect the heels: Especially with thin heels like these, one scratch to the leather would ruin them. These are a great candidate for Heel of Steel, urethane protectors. These are a little trickier to apply, so I am going to take my time to trace as accurately as possible on the provided tracer paper, cut to shape with the best scissors I have, and then apply very carefully, working from the center outward. This is not a removable product, so once stuck, it will be there forever, which is awesome.
What about the top? I’m just going to have to be careful with the salsa. I’m a little wary to put any waterproofing on these, since I’m not sure which treatments the manufacturer has already put on them, and I don’t want anything to go wrong with the most visible parts.
Happy protecting! Let me know if you have questions or need hand-holding when you do yours. Oh, and post photos of your new shoes, please. 🙂