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Friday, 29 March 2013

Simpler Living Tips #2: Footwear

   I will never forget the footwear excesses of former Philippine first lady, Imelda Marcos.  When her husband was deposed from power, they found over 1,000 pairs of shoes belonging to a woman who had only two feet like the rest of us.  What are some ways of simplifying with regards to footwear?
Choose quality over quantity
Almost 20 years ago I went looking for a good pair of winter boots with my mom at a shoe store in Alliston, Ontario known for its quality products.  I was headed into my first winter as a teacher, and my mom wanted to be sure I would have warm feet during yard duties.  The pair of boots we picked out was over $100, but they have been my only winter boots for 19 winters.  The tread is wearing thin at the heels, so this is definitely their last season.
My 19 year old boot!
Choose neutral colours
Choosing black, white or brown shoes allows your footwear to be much more versatile than a specialized colour like pink or red.  If you want to dress up a pair to match a particular outfit, consider adding a bow or other shoe accessory that can be removed again later.
When possible, choose natural fibres
Vinyl and fake leather may be cheaper, but they cause more pollution during production than genuine leather or suede.
Odour eaters
Shoe odour can be removed by sprinkling baking soda into shoes overnight and then vacuuming out the next morning.
If you run out of shoe polish, a few drops of lemon juice can do the job.  Scuffs can be hidden in black or brown shoes by covering with the correct colour of markers and then polishing.
Set a limit
The more pairs of shoes you have, the more you have to store and care for.  By setting a limit for yourself, you will only buy more shoes when one pair wears out.

Feel free to share any tips you have!

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