Ten Styling Hacks for Shoes

Kara S.
by Kara S.
13 Materials
5 Minutes

Everyone knows that shoes can make or break an outfit. Use these styling hacks to keep your shoes looking beautiful and your feet feeling comfortable. Easily look stylish and from head to toe by following these shoe tips and tricks.

Tools and materials:

  • Hair elastic
  • Stain remover
  • Borax
  • Sandpaper
  • Emery board
  • Cardboard shoe insert
  • Scissors
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Blowdryer
  • Magic eraser sponge
  • Tape
  • Hairspray
  • Green tea bags
Bunched up jeans

Stop your jeans from bunching up in your boots

Use a hair elastic

Use a thick hair elastic.

Hacks to look stylish

Put the hair elastic around your ankle to hold the hems of your pants in place, while being hidden from view inside your boot. 

Jeans will stay tightly in boots

Your jeans will stay smooth.

Dirty sneakers

Clean dirty white sneakers

Use stain remover

Spray the sneakers generously with stain remover.

Use a half cup of borax

Remove the laces, and throw them and the shoes into the washing machine together with a half cup of borax. Run the machine on a hot cycle.

Clean white shoes

Your shoes will come out good as new.

Stylish tips and tricks

Prevent slipping in your heels

Rub with sandpaper

Rub the bottoms of your shoes with sandpaper.

Rub with an emery board

Then rub it with an emery board. This helps to create friction between the shoes and the floor, and prevent slipping. 

Keep sneakers smooth

Prevent creases in your sneakers

Use a cardboard insert

Remove the cardboard insert that came in your sneakers.

Cut the end

Cut off the toe portion of the insert. 

Put the cardboard inside the shoe

Insert the cardboard into the toe of your sneaker.

The sneaker will hold its shape

This will help the sneakers keep their shape.

Stylish looks

Relieve chafing from too-tight heels

Use petroleum jelly

Get some petroleum jelly.

Apply the petroleum jelly to your foot

Rub the petroleum jelly on your foot in the areas where the shoe is tightest.

Make heels fit better

Make clear heels fit better

Use a blowdryer

Run a blowdryer on hot aimed at the clear plastic straps while the shoe is on your foot. The plastic will soften and mold to the shape of your foot.

Dirty shoes

Clean dirty shoes

Use a magic eraser sponge

Use a magic eraser sponge on the rubber parts of your shoe. All the stains and scuffs will come off.

How to look stylish every day

Prevent pain from uncomfortable shoes

Tape your toes together

Use a piece of tape to hold your third and fourth toes together to relieve the pain.

Foot slipping out of a shoe

Prevent your foot from slipping out of too-big shoes

Spray with hairspray

Spray the insides of the shoes with hairspray.

Hairspray holds the foot in place

The hairspray will help keep your feet in place.

Unpleasant odor from shoes

Prevent odor from smelly shoes

Use a green tea bag

Insert a sachet of green tea into your shoes to absorb unpleasant odors. 

Let us know if you use any of these cool tips to look stylish and how they worked for you.

Suggested materials:
  • Hair elastic
  • Stain remover
  • Borax
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  • Amy Alvarado Amy Alvarado on Dec 20, 2021

    Great ideas especially the one for boots that are uncomfortable to walk in. And she has great gams!

  • Chabella Chabella on Jan 11, 2023

    -Dryer sheets are miracle workers to remove oders.

    -Shoes too tight? Soak in water, then while still wet, stuff them with newspaper till they dry. Voilà!