Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shoe hacks

So I have a confession. Despite my Carhartt-wearing, axe-swinging, log cabin lifestyle, I'm actually something of a shoe snob. My feet cover 40-50 miles a week, between leisure activities and bouncing around campus. I have no room in my life for shoes that hurt.

It's easy to find running shoes and hiking boots that fit my criteria because That is the Direction in Which Our World is Moving. Macy's is struggling and rebranding, while REI is opening new stores right and left. Dress shoes are more of a problem. The better dress shoes all tend to come with leather soles, and that means no traction. I finally found a solution while browsing through AIH. Tread tape!

You wipe down the sole with the degreaser of your choice (windex, plain isopropyl alcohol, hand sanitizer, vodka, etc), trim the tread tape to fit, and voilà! Traction better even than rubber compound!

Starbuck sez, "So now I can wear your nice dress shoes?"

I am certainly happy to be able to wear these beautiful boots year-round now!

P.S. This post is dedicated to JK, without whom I would definitely be a full-time lug-booted gal. JK keeps me feminine. :)


mdr said...

I was going to give you suggestions on how I did it. Then I remembered your road is different from here, even just a few feet distance, you need to be careful.

Nice solution for an icy slippery place. Be safe.

mdr said...

Remember you came back to Bkly's Walk Shop and bought a pair of > $100 shoes in the early 2000's? I had always been frugal with my shoes and now I have been having aching heels a lot for years.

Smart to invest on good shoes. BTW, my podiatrist said to me "Never wear sandles or sandle-type of shoes and high-heel shoes"

I didn't, but she didn't know I have cheap shoes.

bt said...

This is super useful! I have a couple pairs of boots with horrid traction. I'm gonna see if I can find some tread tape!