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Can These Shoes Be Saved? Part 4: Repairing Worn Insoles

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Problem 4: Ridged, peeling or damaged insole/footbeds. In strappy sandals, when the insole or foot bed gets damaged, ridges, or worn thin, putting in a typical drugstore liner doesn’t really do the trick. The liners can significantly alter the shoe’s fit in an undesirable way. Over-the-counter insoles wear out quickly, don’t stay in place well and they frequently show while […]

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Can These Shoes Be Saved? Part 3: Reinforcing the Toe Box

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Problem 3: Toe-box is stretched/too loose.  Stretched out toe boxes can be a problem with suede and kid leather toe boxes as they stretch and soften quickly compared to fabric, smooth leather and patent leather. It can also be a problem with nearly any shoe for dancers who have “compressible” feet.   A pair of shoes that seemed to fit so […]

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Can These Shoes Be Saved? Part 2: Restoring Soles

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Problem 2: Worn, smooth or hardened nap of suede soles. (These tips also work well for soles that are just gunked up with floor wax and the like.) Before you take your shoes in to the cobbler to be re-soled, try to clean them yourself first to see how much improvement you can get. Soles can look pretty ragged and hard, […]

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Can These Shoe Be Saved? Part 1: Ankle Strap Issues

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Tango shoes can be a very expensive investment in our dancing. Regular weather-proofing and cleaning will help our shoes last longer, but what about bigger issues that can develop over time? When should a shoe be saved – and when should it be retired? This series will go through the most common issues that come up in ladies tango shoes […]

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