Shoes can be the deciding factor of what makes an outfit work, or what doesn’t. When used in heavy volume on a daily basis, or even just on special occasions, small damage can ruin the aesthetic appeal and leave them looking far worse. Here are some tips on giving your shoe much-needed repair at home rather than getting professional assistance.
Staining issues, or physical damage
Staining is extremely common. Cleaning stains off has a wealth of remedies depending on the material, which you should take your time preparing for before applying any chemicals. Vinegar and baking soda are good base chemicals to get desirable results generally, but again, this will depend on the material. Look into how your shoe material reacts ahead of time and Leather Plan.
Physical damage is more difficult to repair. This can be lace eyelets losing their cover, getting ripped entirely, or getting torn up by chemical damage. For this sort of issue, you may need to do some patch work on your end. Those experienced with threading can often make short work of any of these issues.
However, if you are inexperienced, it may not be best for a test run to be on your preferred set of shoes. Sure, if they are your day-to-day shoes you replace every six months to a year, it’s fair to say you could try repairing them just for the experience alone.
Getting the right materials for shoe repair
On top of being prepared for the right damage assessment and adjustments, you’ll need to have the proper materials on hand. This is a great opportunity for you to put your own flair on the piece as well, as damaged areas give room for ingenuity. For full piece replacement, seek out professional assistance or find some of our pieces that are more select. Otherwise, give us a call today, or take a look at our available scrap pieces to get started on amending any of your at-home shoe repairs.