10 tricks to make your high heels last longer 10個保養高跟鞋的小方法

Fashion

According to Mirror , women in UK own 21 pairs of shoes on average, including four pairs that have never been worn and five that have only been worn once!  Well I’m definitely one of them, except that I own more than 30 pairs, and I’m just talking about high heels! Truth is as I switched from working in fashion to lifestyle magazines, I don’t wear high heels as much as I used to, but I still keep them especially the designer shoes. You simply need to give them a little love and they can last for a long time. Here are 10 easy ways to take care of your high heels :

自從做了時尚雜誌,常常要到處跑,平底鞋已成了我的最好朋友! 但其實多年來買下的高跟鞋不少,尤其是設計師品牌的高跟鞋特別嬌貴,該如何保養去讓高跟鞋歷久常新?

1. 去修鞋店請師傅在鞋底加防滑墊: 通常我買了新鞋就去修鞋店請師傅在鞋底加防滑墊。特別是真皮造的鞋底耗損較快,加墊能增加鞋子防滑度和可令鞋子穿得更久,而且走路起來會較舒適。如果鞋底有品牌的Logo不想破壞它的話,也可在鞋跟部加上鞋跟底 // Get better soles: I always go to my local shoe repairer to add plastic soles to my high heels. Add a thin metal toe plate placed on the tips of your shoes can also protect the toes of your shoes. I also replace new heel pins regularly to prevent damaging of heels.

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2. 保持清潔 : 最簡單的方法是用乾紙巾或一塊乾淨專門擦鞋的抹布把鞋的灰塵拭掉,如果有髒漬我會用紙巾濕少少水擦掉 // Keep them clean:  Wipe your shoes down with a towel or brush will help keep them free of dust and dirt and take out minor stains and scuffs. A soft cloth that has been dipped in water is also useful in cleaning high heels.

3. 回家後不要馬上把鞋收進鞋櫃: 窩居地方有限,我們通常一脫鞋便馬上將其收進鞋櫃,但穿了一整天的鞋子積累了不少腳汗和髒污,不要馬上收進鞋櫃和保持通風,這樣鞋櫃便不會累積濕悶的氣味//Let them breathe: Never neglect a pair of soaked shoes! A wet pair can encourage a fungal foot infection. Always leave them out in a cool, dry place with sufficient air circulation before storing them into the shoe cabinet.

 

4.為鞋子防水防污: 為鞋子用上防水噴霧 ,若是碰上雨天把鞋弄髒,立即用乾毛巾或衛生紙將水分吸乾,放置陰涼處陰讓它自然乾 // Make Your High Heels Waterproof: Always spray a waterproof protector on shoes with delicate materials. Polishing your high heels with some quality water repellents will help protect your favorite shoes from water, dirt and household spills as well. 

5. 定期打理皮具皮具需要給予滋潤以保持柔軟和光凙,預備抹皮布,用少許皮革保護液輕揉在皮革上,讓它自然風乾約15-30分鐘,之後再以乾身布輕擦一下,污穢的東西便會被抹去。至於麖皮,用專用的擦皮用具反方向輕擦,麖皮的表面便會自然地回復原本面貌。切忌將不同的漆皮鞋履放在一起以免出現脫色的情況 // Polish regularly: Leather needs to be conditioned, moisturized and polished to prolong its life. Suede also cannot be polished or wiped down so use a suede eraser to rub away any dried dirt or stains, it can also be protected and cleaned more thoroughly using certain solutions when needed.

6. 不要天天穿它: 皮革都是有彈性的,高温和汗水都會讓它變得鬆弛,所以一定休息的時間讓它好好透氣。為了延長每雙鞋的壽命,最好至少有兩雙鞋子替換。而且這樣鞋子也不會因為我們走路的習慣,造成某一個部位耗損嚴重,加速其老化 // Don’t wear them every day: Give them a rest day and opt for a different footwear so that they can rest and breathe. Give your shoes a day to air out and time to dry, they’ll stay alive that much longer. Otherwise they wont maintain their shape and also start to stint!

7. 去除異味:  如果鞋子積累濕悶的氣味,可灑點蘇打粉讓它過一晚, 第二天用布把粉末掃走便可 //Eliminate Odor: Sprinkle baking soda inside the shoes and let them sit overnight will help absorb any odors. Remove the baking soda the following morning with a soft cloth. Try a shoe odor spray If you need a quicker fix.

8. 固定鞋子不變形: 買鞋後鞋盒不要丟掉,裡面的不織布袋、鞋撐、紙團都要留著。 鞋撐可以固定鞋子不變形,另外紙團一般都是比較會吸濕的。在收納高跟鞋的時間, 用支撑棍頂住鞋頭和鞋跟,有助皮鞋回復原来的楦型,令下次穿着更舒適//Maintain their shape: Stuffing pumps with white tissue paper or shoe forms like shoe trees can retain shoe’s shape and fend off creasing so the shoes can last longer.  Wooden shoe trees also help draw moisture and heat from your shoes ensuring that the natural oils within the leather are retained.

9. 保持環境乾爽香港天氣潮濕,加上下雨天悶熱容易產生腳汗,讓鞋子產生霉斑,要預防可以將小包裝的除濕包或竹炭除濕包放在鞋盒內。如已生了霉斑,可用一條擰乾的濕毛巾,輕拭有霉斑的部位然後放置半天,等鞋面較乾後再上一層鞋油 // Remove mold from shoes: Shoes sometimes get moldy when stored in a damp closet or put away wet, put moisture absorbing buckets or bamboo charcoal bags in your shoe cabinet to dehumidify.

10.換季前先清潔鞋子再收進鞋盒 : 收納前可為鞋子拍照然後將相貼在鞋盒上。這樣再要找出來就沒難度啦!另外鞋子先清潔鞋子和放置通風陰涼處透一透氣,別將髒污或是潮濕悶在鞋盒裡兩三個月! // Storing your shoes for next season: If you’re storing shoes that you don’t plan on wearing for a month or more, it’s best to store them in a box. You can store shoes in their original shoe boxes or use clear plastic containers so you’ll be able to see what shoes you’ve stored. Otherwise, taking a polaroid photo of the shoes and attach it to the shoe box is a good option too! 

Hope you find these tips useful for you! How many pairs of shoes do you have? 希望大家覺得這些小貼事有用! 你家中又有幾多對鞋?

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Holland Photo Diary 荷蘭手記

Amsterdam

Paris 2015 1109 Netherlands hold so much memories for me as I had lived here for several months after my exchange study in Paris. Memories of freedom, friendships and romance… it was once the best time of my life. I traveled to Amsterdam this trip to visit my besties Fiona and Marta whom we studied together in Paris and also to stay at Fiona’s place for a few days.

九年前在巴黎讀書的時候,我認識了一班對我影響至深的閨蜜。Hao, Marta同 Fiona, 一個來自德國,一個來自波蘭,一個來自愛爾蘭。她們都是因為追隨自己的男朋友而到去荷蘭讀大學,並於其中一年約定去巴黎留學,我們就是當年讀書認識的。他們是學校的風頭躉,我們像聯合國的組合,每次去夜店總會很受法國男生歡迎。二十出頭,那時我們的課外活動是去拍過 Sex and the City 的 Kong 去happy hour,去當時巴黎最當紅的 gay club Queen 去clubbing。由於巴黎一點過後沒有公共交通工具  ,所以每次浦到通宵達旦,我都會去她們家借宿一宵 。大學畢業我為當時的男朋友搬到荷蘭,分手後我一個人流落異鄉,是她們照顧我讓我在她們家。 其實這故事都幾搞笑,我們四個來自不同國家的女生,為了各自的男朋友搬去荷蘭,而大家到最後分手收場而住在一起。

多年來我們友誼沒變, 數年前 Marta 飛來香港探望我 ,去年我也飛到北京去參加Hao舉辦的中國式婚禮。 所以今次假期我一定要去荷蘭探望她們!

My surprise b-day party! 

I was totally overwhelmed when I arrived at Fiona’s place and found out a surprise birthday party was waiting for me, I couldn’t help bursting into tears! I used to stay with the girls all the time, from the time I got kicked out of my own apartment in Paris due to a big fight with my roommate, to moving out of my ex’s apartment in Utrecht. They were always there for me and took care of me like sisters I never had, it was so emotional for me having their warm welcome after so many years apart! (Thanks chef Sherif for your delicious food!!)

今次Fiona 邀請我住在她位於市中心的 apartment,原來Marta一早來火車站接我是要給Fi 和他男友更多時間準備給我的驚喜生日派對!我是真的超感動忍不住哭了~

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A day in Utrecht 

The second day, I spent an afternoon by myself wandering Utrecht, the city where I used to live, along with over 60.000 students who make the city of Utrecht their home. 45 mins away by train from Amsterdam, Utrecht is a lively student city in the heart of the Netherlands. Ranked in Lonely Planet‘s top-10 of the world’s unsung places, you can easily fall in love with the canals, docks, and little bars and restaurants in this city and it is still my favorite place in Holland.

第二天我自己一個回到烏德勒支這個對我有很多回憶的地方。大部分人認識荷蘭就是阿姆斯特丹 ,但其實這個遠離遊客區的小鎮更有意思! 這個有"學生之鎮"之稱的地方,我曾在這兒生活過,所以這裏的一樓一房,我記憶猶新。距離阿姆斯特丹少於一小時火車程,有機會絕對值得來這小鎮感受一下地到荷蘭風情。Paris 2015 1001

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Rolling Kitchens 2015

A highlight of our trip is Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens) in Amsterdam. Food truck is such a big global trend right now, and this 5-day event is basically a food truck festival where mobile food stands and indie bands from all over the country come together to serve all the music loving and food craving people in Amsterdam. We practically just spent the entire evening eating none stop!

回到阿姆斯特丹我們參加了一年一度,為期五日的美食音樂節 。有來自荷蘭不同地區超過十架food truck和不同小型獨立樂隊現場表演,氣氛超正,有機會來荷蘭一定不要錯過!

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Lunch at Ton & Marta’s 

Saturday, Marta invited us over for lunch at her place after our big night out the night before. Beside her successful career as a communication director at a PR company, she’s also a great home chef! We enjoyed a yummy meal at her beautifully decorated apartment in downtown Amsterdam before we head out for the day.

第三天,Marta邀請我們到她家午餐,我從來沒想過家中也能安排如此精緻的table setting! 作為公關公司的傳訊總監和一位跟得女朋友,這就是入得廚房出得廳堂的典範! Paris 2015 1119

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I Amsterdam 

Before we left Amsterdam we spent our Saturday afternoon strolling around the city. Most people go for the iconic I amsterdam letters in the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein for photo op, but to avoid the crowd, we went to the less busy Vondelpark, the largest city park in Amsterdam, which also host this same signature letters for a perfect photo to end our trip.

旅程完結前的最後一站是Vondelpark,阿姆斯特丹市內最大的公園,在陽光和大樹下結束這次3天荷蘭精華遊。

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