Category: Guides

How-to Guide: How to Make Your Shoes Slip-Safe

I’m a fairly practical person so I’ll keep trying to provide very practical, useful information in regards to shoes. I know we’re coming around to the end of winter but high-heeled shoes are hard to walk in all year long. I dug up a really cheap home remedy to give your slippery shoes some much needed traction. All you need are two bathtub appliques, a pencil, and scissors. Check it out and don’t ever slip up again. =)

A smooth leather outsole makes for a slippery stride.

A smooth leather outsole makes for a slippery stride.

How-To Guide: How To Fix Broken High Heels

I recently took a gander at my sister’s shoes and they were in terrible shape. The uppers only had minor scuffs but the heels were absolutely mangled and I wondered how she could ever walk in them around the linoleum floors of her classroom (she’s a middle school teacher, by the way) all day long.

So for my sister, I’ve researched how to replace those damaged heel tips to enable smooth comfort again. I hope this helps you as much as it’s helped her!

Photo: TLC

Photo: TLC

How-to Guide: How To Stretch Your Shoes

So I’ve had this pair of boat shoes sitting in my closet for the longest time. I bought them from Marshall’s years ago when I was still at college. I’d tried them on and knew they were a little bit small but I figured that they’d stretch naturally once I started wearing them. Ouch! I was wrong. Walking a few miles a day to campus and back and forth between classes was excruciating! I put them in the closet and have barely touched them since.

Photo: Howtostretchshoes.com

Photo: Howtostretchshoes.com

I was debating whether or not to add them to the collection of shoes that I’d donated to Soles4Souls. But I couldn’t quite part with them before I tried stretching them myself. Hence, this guide to teach you how to stretch your shoes:

I tried the freezing-water method this week and it actually worked for me! I’m just thrilled! Hopefully, you experience equal or greater success than me.

And as a heads up, Shoe Metro is offering a special discount to all of our fans on Facebook and followers on Twitter. Check out our pages for the coupon code to get 15% off your entire order!

How-to Guide: How To Care For Your Shoes in the Winter

Hey, I’ve posted another how-to guide at the Shoe Metro Resource Center. This one focuses on how to keep your shoes from getting damaged during the winter season. I know, I know. I’m so so late on this. But I live in San Diego and winter only now seems to be hitting us this week (we were this close to a tornado warning, seriously). Anyways, learn how to remove damaging salt stains from your shoes and the best method of waterproofing your shoes as well. Check it out.

Photo: Leffot

Photo: Leffot

Also, as another heads up for any customers in San Diego, we’ve decided to up the ante on our partnership with Soles4Souls. If you donate a pair of shoes to Soles4Souls at our retail store, you’ll get a small discount off at Shoe Metro (click here for details). I know it’s raining but victims in Haiti are suffering much worse. Please just brave a little bit of rain and donate your shoes. Non-San Diegans, refer back this previous post to learn how to contribute to the relief efforts.

How-To Guides are Up!

Hey everyone! I’ve been working on some shoe-related How-To Guides for the Resource Center on the Shoe Metro website. They’re up now and I’ll be adding another one each week (don’t worry, I’ll give you a heads up). I’d like to think that they are very informative and helpful but of course, I’m a little biased. =)

Photo: The E-Learning Domain

Photo: The E-Learning Domain

If they help you in the least, let me know. My ego is fragile and needs constant affirmation of awesomeness. Here’s a list of what I’ve worked on so far:

Marathon Training: Choosing the Right Running Shoes

Is it me or does everyone seem to be training for a race these days?

For the past 4 months, I’ve been training for the Silverstrand Half-Marathon taking place this weekend in San Diego. This is my first race ever. And it’s the weirdest thing that as I started training, it seemed like everyone I bumped into was training for a marathon run of some sort. I’ve discovered no less than four friends who are in-training just like me. I don’t know if marathon-running is becoming more popular now or if I just notice it more now that I’m doing it or if maybe our water supply has been contaminated with Gatorade without our knowledge, turning us into fitness addicts.

Photo by harrykeely

Photo by harrykeely

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