Secrets of the Shoe Closet

 
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“Really and truly you can never have too many pairs; they are all different.
You need a pair for every mood – and everyone knows that women have a lot of different moods.”

Every girl dreams of having a shoe collection like Carrie Bradshaw and a closet to host that collection, built by her “Mr.Big”. In my humble opinion – finding the Mr.Big of your life  is possible , but having that  dream-like-walk-in closet might  just be a myth.  Shoes are definitely our priced possessions and there are a few things we can do to keep our shoe collection super impressive.

Cleaning

  • Sole- Care:
    Wipe the shoe-soles with a slightly damp towel to remove the dirt stains. This will prevent the dirt from drying up and leaving ugly patches on the sole.
  •  Removing snow/salt stains:
    If you live in snowy regions – I feel your pain sister. Instead of making a trip to the cleaners – try the traditional method of using little vinegar mixed with water and rubbing gently with a sponge.
  • Retaining the luster:
    Let’s face it – if we’ve spent a fortune on a pair of shoes, we want them to last really long.  There are tons of shoe-care products available in the market – but I’ve got a few non-expensive tricks up my sleeves  that work just fine.  Nail polish remover or a little bit nivea (cream) can be used to remove scuff marks off patent leather pumps.

 

Organizing

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  • Avoiding boot-slump:
    I hate it when the top of the boots droop lifelessely and cause creases. To avoid that boot-slump, simply use old magazines to stuff your boots to retain the structure.
  • Shoe Boxes:
    Using under-the-bed storage boxes or storing boxes on the top shelves of closets are good options when there isn’t much space available. These are some of the options – Under the bed : 1//2  or In-shelf shoe-boxes like these ones

 

Shoe Displays

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If  you have the benfit of real-estate available for having a shoe-display at home – these are some of my favourite options currently available here , here & here.  Book-shelves can also be used as alternatives for displaying your coveted shoe collection.Imagine all your shoes flaunted in this cute shelf.

 

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Of all impulsive purchases possible – an impulsive shoe snag can cause the most remorse { I have more “sitting” shoes than wearable ones – true story } My new rule is to only buy shoes that will go with atleast 3 outfits in my closet . { rule testing period will begin after a few days – I promise )

Pack-up out of season shoes & donate the ones you never wear,  to keep a clean & de-cluttered closet.

 

If you have any other ideas of organzing these little priced possessions – do leave me a comment.
I love finding new ways of organzing my stuff and keeping things neat & pretty .

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On Trend Gladiator Sandals

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get a memo of the fashion trends that are going to make a come back after a few years ? 

Had my mom known during her college days ,that her palazzo pants trend would complete the cycle and become hot every 5-6 years, I would be proudly donning them today with my crop tops  My point being – I would love to get a trend forecasting app on my iPhone or a flyer along with my fashion magazines in the mail –  explicitly listing out when is what going to go in and out of fashion and come back exactly after how many fall-spring or resort collections later ! That would save us from the pain of having to discard our beloved pieces JUST because there’s no place and because its out of fashion !

Take the gladiator sandals for example – about 5 years back I think , I owned 3 pairs of these Roman empiresque strappy sandals. They were at that time , very slow in catching up with fashion and soon fizzled out.
But this time in the Spring runway collections, these were showcased with great pomp and brought to limelight with quite a bang.

Celebrities have taken this fashion foot trend fairly forward and they are this year becoming quite the rage.
These can be a little tricky to pull off if paired with the wrong outfit. But , the higher these are – the lesser the chances of going wrong. They actually make the legs look longer and slender. Pair with shorts, skater dresses or your minis – and they will most definitely make a statement !!

Here are few of my picks and I intend to restock a couple of these back in my shoe closet 🙂