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How do I securely tie my shoes?

When I tie my shoes, which have round cord laces, they very frequently become untied, even if I knot the loops. How can I tie them more securely?
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How can I “wear in” my shoes without wearing them?

I have a new pair of leather shoes, and "wearing them in" promises to be uncomfortable for a little while. In the past, I've tried to solve this problem by wearing my shoes, which isn't preferable ...
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How to stop shoes from squeaking on hard floors?

I have a pair of pretty nice shoes that I love, except when I'm going to work! We have hard linoleum-style flooring in most places, and carpet only in the office area where I work. When I have to go ...
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Is there any way to fill in a hole in my shoe - so it is waterproof?

I usually buy new shoes every two years or so (mostly Nikes). When walking I seem to not lift my feet high enough and because of this I get a hole the size of a cent at the rear of the sole (under my ...
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How to quickly dry wet sneakers?

I stepped in a deep puddle and now both of my sneakers are thoroughly wet. I've tried opening them up to let them air dry, but this takes far too long. I'm also afraid to put them into the clothes ...
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How to protect your shoes from bad smell?

I have leather shoes (but others are affected by this as well); whenever I wear them for sufficiently long time (say, one hour), my socks, shoes, and feet smell bad. It makes me uncomfortable - e.g. I ...
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What is the best way to tumble-dry wet sneakers?

When I wash my sneakers and attempt to tumble-dry, a loud thumping sound permeates my apartment and often they will kick the door open. How can I best tumble-dry my sneakers without the noise and ...
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I'm walking in a busy street, then my flip flop suddenly breaks, what to do now?

One day I'm walking down in a busy streets, this street is far from my home and I didn't bring anything on me then suddenly my flip flop breaks. What should I do now? I know I can walk to the nearest ...
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What can replace a shoehorn?

The title says it all... I need something to use instead of a shoehorn. I tried a spoon but this does not work well.
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Safeguard tennis trainers against worn heels

I play a lot of hardcourt tennis. I'm getting through one pair of (K-swiss) trainers every six months or less, because the lining on the inside of the heel wears out. It's unusual. Usually the sole ...
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How to dry shoes quickly after washing them?

I washed my shoes some 72 hours ago; at the moment they are still too damp for me to wear. I know that there are shoe dryers available, but that is not what I want because I only wash my shoes ...
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How do I remove the chewing gum stuck in my shoe?

There are times where I have stepped on chewing gum while walking down the streets. I have tried to scrape it off on the curb, but that only made it firm because of the ridges on my shoes. I tried to ...
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Is there an easy way to remove animal feces from the soles of my boots?

Specifically, I stepped in canine fecal matter with deep-treaded hiking boots. The process to remove the foreign substance was arduous and tiresome. Hot water, dish soap and the use of brushes did the ...
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How to waterproof your shoes?

Are there any home ways to coat your shoes (made of material like canvas or cotton) to be water resistance? Some time ago I've tried Ultra Ever Dry, but it was too smelly, toxic and the coating layer ...
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How can I make my shoes less slippery?

I have a pair of shoes which are very slippery on snow, ice and other smooth surfaces. I sometimes have the problem at home if the floor is wet. How can I make them less slippery or in other words - ...
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How can I stabilize my feet in my oversized boots?

I bought a pair of boots this past summer that I thought fit me well. Now that I'm really using them for the first time, I've realized that they are approximately 1/2 size too big, and my feet move ...
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How to make shoes shine?

The other day I was polishing my shoes with the standard black wax polish using a cloth to apply in small circle motions, however when it came to buffing the polish layer off with a polish / shoe ...
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How to stop red marks from wearing ballerina shoes?

Above is a picture of what the shoes look like. The back part of these shoes have hurt my ankle many times and left a red area that I don't know how to heal. Is there a way to prevent these marks ...
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How to prevent the rubber peg on a flip-flop from popping out

I have a pair of cheap, but comfortable flip flops. I like them, but the rubber peg between the big toe and the second toe always comes out. I don't want to have to get new flip-flops. I've tried ...
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How to prevent feet from getting sore after standing all day long

What are some good methods or techniques to prevent a person's feet from getting sore when standing all day long, such as using a stand up desk at work, or people who have to stand in restaurants or ...
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Make torn patent leather look less ugly?

I have a pair of Dr. Marten's boots that have just worn-in in terms of starting to feel good on my feet. Structurally, I expect to get a few years of life out of them. But, they're the patent leather,...
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How to get combat boots shined to mirror finish?

I have a pair of combat boots that I use regularly. I need to get them shined to a mirror finish, so that they look like patent leather. I've tried several methods, most of which did no good. I ...
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Squeaky trainers with leather tongue

I have a pair of Adidas trainers that I love. The problem is that when walking, the leather tongue behind the laces can rub against the inside sides of the shoe and makes an awkward squeaking sound (...
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How to remove blood stain from sneakers?

I haven't tried anything, because I have had the "faded blot" experience where the cleaner removes a little of the stain but makes the rest impossible to get off. Are there any products or tricks that ...
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Is there something around the house I can use to protect/clean my suede boots?

I have a pair of suede boots which seem to get dirty on a weekly basis and I typically just wipe them down with warm water and a sponge, however the wiping down seems to be wearing the material down. ...
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How to de-scuff patent leather shoes

I was recently performing Colorguard Honors at a Veterans' motorcade. For pictures (in case you're wondering) see my Dropbox Unfortunately, some genius decided to use a piece of cinder block to prop ...
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How to wash your rubber shoes

I am looking for the best possible way to wash my Rubber VANS shoes. I know that some rubber shoes can have a decrease in color after attempting to wash them. I am looking for a proper way to wash the ...
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Remove wet sand and mud from shoes

I was running, and i must have zoned out, because the next thing i knew, I had ran into a sand pit. It had just rained the other day,so the sand was really muddy, and now they are covered in dried mud/...
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How to increase shoe size

I have a shoe that I've been using for close to a year now and now it feels very tight when I put it on, is there anything I can do to enlarge the size other than getting a new one? I want to know if ...
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How to quickly break in shoes? [duplicate]

Whenever you get a new pair of shoes, they are supposed to worn around a bit to 'break them in' as to avoid getting a cramp or whatever. However, I don't want to walk around my house all day in order ...
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How to fix slippery sole in shoes?

I have a skechers shoes pair. After some time of usage it started slipping although it looks pretty new. The shoes are very costly but are risky to move with. Can I do something about it? Adding ...
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New shoes squeaking

I grabbed a brand new pair of Lacoste Carnaby Evo's, only wear them on special occasions which has been twice so far. But on my 3rd wear, I noticed that my shoe started to squeak. It was ...
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Squeaking sneakers

I have been wearing my new sneakers for a few weeks now and they keep squeaking. I tried the powder trick, and it worked for only one shoe. I then tried walking in the other one without the insole, ...
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Are there a budget way to make shoes to not slide at winter?

I've seen there's Canadian gadet for than - firm plastic base with metal crown-like spikes that you fixating under your boots. But they're expensive - about 90 bucks. I tried cheap from China, but ...
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Tying shoelaces without discomfort

People with back problems or large stomachs tend to find it extremely difficult to reach their shoe laces and can be a source of great discomfort. Is there a solution to this?
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How to deodorize the bad odour in footwear due to wetness?

During rainy season, footwear is often wet and due to moisture in air and cloudy weather, it takes time to dry. And it ends up with odour which is very unpleasant in nature.
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Bad smell in shoes is very intense even with short period of wetness

Sometime ago, my shoes got wet several times over a period of 2-3 days and start smelling bad, so I washed them with very hot water and dried them in sun for 2-3 days. The smell was completely gone ...
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Reinforce sole of shoe

I am looking for ideas to glue a material to the back sole to extend its life. I already have the glue. Original link
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Which is the best way to clean leather shoes? [closed]

Does anybody know the best way way to clean leather shoes without spoiling them?
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How can I clean my work boots after an oil spill?

My work boots are 4 months old. They have wheat-colored Nubuck leather uppers, and polyurethane sole. While dumping Canola cooking oil lots of the oil accidentally splashed on the boots causing ...
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How to prevent foot odour or reduce the smell?

I have a huge problem with my feet. when I put my foot in my shoes for 10 minutes my feet get a very bad smell that I can't even think about it. and if I go to school for 8 hrs, the smell will not ...
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How to wash the inside of a smelly leather shoe?

I have a leather shoe which is starting to have a very unpleasant smell. I'm wondering if anybody had any success cleaning this kind of shoes using baking soda with white vinegar as it's mentioned on ...
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Extra shoes for Inline Skating

I skate around the city sometimes, but out of courtesy (and sometimes the law) I can't wear my skates indoors, so I must switch to shoes. Is there good way to carry shoes around, aside from jamming ...
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What is the best way to clean this pair of sneakers soaked in muddy water before?

The sneaker is made mainly of non-plastic woven fabric with some part being leather (and of course the sole part is rubber). I tried wiping them with moist tissue paper but it does not work so well ...
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How to fix colour of suede shoes after cleaning

I have my suede shoes that needed to be cleaned. So I bought a cleaning kit for suede shoes, the way it said to use was to. Pour generous amount of liquid in a bowl full of water, dip the brush ...
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How can I store shoes in small spaces?

My friend just moved to a new apartment and the storage spaces for his clothes (cabinets, etc.) seem small and can only fit small things. He wants to know if there is a way to store his shoes (a lot) ...
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Temporary way to remedy untied shoelaces

I own different shoes like Adidas track shoes using drawstring laces and Sperry Boat Shoes that uses leather laces. (Pardon me if I wrongly describe the facts-) Frankly speaking, I’m not too good at ...
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How can I polish shoes without getting shoe polish on my hands?

When I polish shoes, I always get shoe polish on my hands. How can I avoid this?
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New trainers - leaky sole!

I recently got some new trainers (Adidas Neo) and oddly, the left shoe seems to have sprung a leak. There are no apparent holes in the sole (heck, I can't see any wear on them at all!) and its not ...
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How to fix shoes worn out inside?

I have a pair of shoes that still look great outside but are worn out inside such that they cause a bit of discomfort. They are men shoes that one usually wears in the office. They have about 1cm ...