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    20 Things To Buy If You Can’t Make A Pair Of Shoes Last Longer Than A Year

    Time to step up your shoe game.

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    Raise your hand if you're tough as heck on your shoes 🤚🏿. It doesn't matter how cheap or expensive they are — shipping new kicks in and out of your closet is just your specialty. But things are a'changin'!

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    We're not wasting anymore pairs in the year of our Lordt 2019, shoemongers! Maybe you're the type who's rough on your shoes and always tearing them up. Or perhaps you find yourself getting bored way too quickly with your footwear. Either way, it's time to literally step up your shoe game with everything — yes, everything — on this list.

    1. Waterproof nylon travel shoe bags that'll keep the pair you're always on the go with safely tucked away so they remain free of scuffs, scrapes, and more. These are also a great way to prevent your shoes from collecting dust as they wait for their turn as part of your OOTD.

    Promising review: "These bags are great. I easily put women's size eight Under Armour running shoes and flip-flops inside with room for another pair of flat sandals. I shoved my husband's size 11 running shoes and his flip-flops in another. The set comes with four bags that are a simple black color with good zippers and the ability to hang them by the handle/tab on one end. The ultimate test was when I laid a bag in the sink and sprayed it with water. Inside is dry!" —DeniceAZ

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three quantities and two styles).

    2. Jessica Simpson house slippers designed for indoor and outdoor wear that are SO cute, you'll want to wear these around your home and for quick outings to give your ~actual~ shoes a break. These slippers have an anti-slip sole and a memory foam cushion so you feet feel cozy and comfy.,

    Hey, the easiest way to make sure your shoes actually last is to not wear them out every single chance you get. Give 'em a break with these stylish slippers that will look good while you mosy around your crib and when you're out and about in a casual OOTD.

    Promising review: "I love these so much! I'm happy with my purchase. They are super soft and have a hard bottom for quick indoor-outdoor errands. They're super cute and really good quality! I usually wear a 7.5 and the 7/8s fit just right! I ordered them to wear through my pregnancy and for my hospital stay in the future. I think they'll work perfectly and hold up well." —Vintage Gypsy Decor

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in eight colors and sizes S-XL).

    3. Pink Miracle Shoe Cleaner that'll kick the dirt off of any shoes made of leather, vinyl, nubuck, suede, and canvas — with just a few drops! If you ever threw up in your mouth a little after getting a stain on your favorite shoes because you thought it would never come out — this shoe cleaner is your new jam.

    FYI: One reviewer even shared that this Pink Miracle cleaner worked well on her Louis Vuitton bag.

    Promising review: "I have had my Nike Roshe runs for about a year now and I don't go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them. Now I can wear them for even longer... I will buy them again when I run out of my bottle." —Romario

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    4. Shoe stretchers because WHOA FACTS: It's possible for your shoe size to change even as an adult and YES, it is possible for your shoes to shrink. Neither of those facts automatically mean you'll have to get rid of your shoes. These stretchers will increase the width and length of your shoes so they fit comfortably., Amazon

    These shoe stretchers are designed to stretch a variety of shoe styles including Oxfords, flats, sneakers, heels (!!!), and more. You'll get two shoe stretchers, eight bunion plugs, two heighten pads, one shoe horn, and one shoe bag. Several reviewers noted that you may want to use it with shoe-stretching spray (it exists!) to get the best results.

    Promising review: "I had three pairs of shoes that seemed to fit me at the store but once I put on thicker socks I began to feel soreness at the widest portion. So those shoes had been sitting around until I got these expanders. I was not sure if I should get fancy wooden ones that only came for one foot or get a pair so I could do a pair of shoes at the same time. I'm glad I picked these that came as a pair. I can say that these expanders work quite well. They are sturdy and with the help of the bunion pads, I was able to make all three shoes usable and comfortable. The leather shoes were the easiest to do. One shoe took 12 hours with periodic moistening of the leather. The other one was mixed leather and synthetic and took one day. The third one was all synthetic and tended to shrink after the pressure was released. I was able to get it to the point it was comfortable enough to wear, and then each night I used the expander as a shoe tree. It took a week for the shoe to finally keep its expanded shape. So yes, this is a great buy and it really works." —Glider

    Get the shoe stretchers from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors) and the shoe stretch spray for $7.97+ (available in two quantities).

    5. UGG boot insoles to replace the worn-down ones that make you feel a little "ehh" about pulling your boots out this fall.

    Promising review: "My Uggs slippers, after many years, still had perfect outer soles and the suede uppers slippers are fine, except for all the cooking spills they've endured. When the insoles finally wore down, I considered tossing the slippers and even bought another pair. Then, I heard about replacement inner soles and bought these. My slippers were saved from the garbage! I'm still wearing them, mistreating them, and loving them. The new insoles were a great purchase." —Fillmoe

    Get them from Amazon in men's sizes for $19.95 (available sizes 7-15) and in women's sizes for $19.95 (available in sizes 5-12).

    6. And an UGG shoe care kit so your UGGs can stop looking so dusty and UGG-ly. Admit it. UGGs are cute to many but they can start to look pretty janky after one winter season — especially if you're the type to wear them every day from the first whiff of fall until the very last cold day of spring. This shoe care kit will help you give your beloved boots the TLC they deserve.

    The set comes with the Protector, Cleaner & Conditioner, and Shoe Renew bottles, plus a bamboo handle brush and a suede scuff eraser.

    Promising review: "I wore my boots in the rain multiple times without protecting them and the fronts turned dark. I thought they were ruined and used the kit to clean and protect them and now they are good as new! I am very pleased." —Joseph B. Derrick

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    7. A hanging shoe organizer that'll keep your go-to pairs accessible and visible at all times. Separating the shoes will keep them from banging up against each other at the bottom of your closet and under the bed — especially if you have a few heels in the mix., Amazon

    Being able to see all of your shoes at one time will also help you keep them on the brain and rotate them more so you aren't wearing down the SAME. THREE. PAIRS.

    Promising review (organizer on the left): "This changed the look of my closet in less than 15 minutes! I hung it up and started filling the cubbies! It can hold more than one pair of sandals easily and one pair of wedges comfortably. I even put small handbags and clutches at the bottom. I'm very pleased. It's great quality and can be unfolded and hung up in seconds. I'm going to buy the other one for larger purses!" —Chris Ledda

    Promising review (organizer on the right): "I needed something to hold all my shoes because my husband's boots were taking up all the floor space in the closet and this thing was just what I needed. It has most of my shoes and just takes up a small section of the hanging bar. There's still plenty of room for coats and things and the boots can have all the floor space." —The Lady In Green

    Get the organizer on the left from Amazon for $24.73 and the organizer on the right from Amazon for $26.67.

    8. Colored shoe polish so your old leather shoes will bounce back like their color never left.

    Promising review: "I tromped all over the streets of Prague and Budapest with these shoes on. They came back from my trip looking pretty ratty. This cream is a little messy but well worth the effort. My shoes look like new... I put it on pretty thick, rubbed it in, waited an hour, then buffed them out. Shazam!" —Happy Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $5.51+ (available in 42 colors).

    9. Individual shoe laundry bags so you can finally toss your kicks in a wash cycle without fear. Each bag has over 10,000 fluffy fibers inside to gently scrub your shoes clean and work as a buffer to prevent them from banging around in the washing machine. The bags also come with two shoe trees to insert so your shoes keep their shape and resist creasing.


    The bags come as a pair with one pair of men's shoe trees and one pair of women's shoe trees! Also, the brand notes that the fibers remove light stains and spots but deeper stains may require additional laundry detergent.

    Promising review: "It has always been a tough task for me trying to wash my workout shoes but this product has made life much easier. You just put shoes in the laundry bag and put them in the washer and dryer. The job gets done very well. Also, this doesn't cause any damage to the shoes. So you don't lose the shape of shoes during the wash, they provide shoe trees. This is such an innovative product that makes life much easier." —Giridhar K.

    Get them from Amazon for $33.99 and laundry detergent for $12.35 (available in a two-pack).

    10. An odor eliminator spray made of essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, and thyme that'll zap away the scent of death emanating from your shoes.


    The spray is paraben-free and made in the USA.

    Promising review: "I had to throw away some shoes in the past because my foot odor is horrendous. It's embarrassing when I go to people's houses who prefer to take off shoes before walking around the house. I was worried about the smell since some reviews found it offputting, but I actually love minty scents. This one is strong so I recommend not spraying it while in your car with your windows up like I did... It is a clean peppermint smell and doesn't leave any strange marks on my socks or in my shoes. I don't have any skin irritations after using this product for about a month now and my feet are odorless when I take off my shoes at the end of the day. I spray the inside of my shoes and onto my socks once every morning. This product is more of a preventer than a saver. I used this on new sneakers and old sneakers. The new ones smell pristine but the old ones have a faint feet smell, though not as harsh as before." —Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    11. Water repellant spray so your shoes can survive even the soggiest of rainy, snowy, or sleety days. This spray will go on clear and leave no stains on your shoes while preventing water damage. It'll also help repel mud, ice, and other stains.


    Promising review: "I got this and sprayed it all over my black UGG boots! ALL OVER! Maybe I sprayed a little too much, lol! This spray is absolutely clear and leaves no residue. This worked so well! I was able to wear my UGGs in the rain and in the snow and NO water soaked into them. I couldn’t believe it!! Uggs are so comfortable but it’s a bummer that they don’t make them weather resistant. GET THIS PRODUCT! And THEN GET ANOTHER ONE FOR A FRIEND especially if you're going to music festivals and outdoors and doing outdoor activities!" —BC

    Get it from Amazon for $15.85.

    12. FRINGE shoe accessories to spice up the shoes you've grown bored by in an instant. These cutesy fringe attachments slip onto any kind of shoes with laces — from Oxfords to sneakers. No more passing down lace-ups to your siblings just because you're "over" them. These fun accessories are out to extend your shoes' shelf life.

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    Get them from FRINGE for $24 (available in 28+ different styles).

    13. OR, rhinestone shoe clips to zhuzh up your flats and plain heels so they go from basic to super classy in an instant.

    Listen: You DO NOT have to give away your plain pumps just because they're plain. They never go out of style and also with these accessories, you can razzle-dazzle them up in seconds.

    Promising review: "Omg... I can do so much with these. I tried them on a few pairs of shoes but bought them specifically for my patent leather flats. I really liked the shoes but they were too masculine for my taste. These shoes are now super feminine. Can't wait to wear them." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two-pack).

    14. Heel stoppers that'll protect the heels on your skinniest pumps from slipping through tiny cracks, poking holes in the grass, or just wearing out in general. These things will ensure your heels continue to look just like new!

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    BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly put these to the test as a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding after writing about them in a ton of shopping stories. Check out the deets:

    "When my friend asked me to be a bridesmaid and I learned I'd be walking on grass for the ceremony, I got a bit worried. What's a klutz with a high center of gravity to do while trying not to 1) fall down in front of approximately 150 guests or 2) keel over while quietly stifling tears during her friends' vows? Buy some Heel Stoppers, that's what! I was able to easily slip them onto the glitter-encrusted heels (and later remove them with no damage to the heels).

    On the day of the ceremony, these sturdy pieces of plastic made the heels much easier to walk in and prevented me from aerating the lawn. My feet still hurt to high heavens because those gorgeous shoes don't have a lot of support for a seldom stiletto-wearer like me. Out of all the dough I spent on my bridesmaid ensemble, these were the biggest bang for my buck!"

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes).

    15. A replacement heel cap kit so you can switch out any damaged heel ends you do get and keep on stepping without missing a beat. The kit comes with 25 pairs of heel caps in different sizes and one pair of pliers to remove the caps from the pumps.


    Promising review: "These are great. The pliers worked well to remove the old pin from the heel. This will save me money in the long run as the shoe repair store was going to charge me $15 to repair my one pair of shoes. The caps for different size heels will come in handy." —Melanie C.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.35.

    16. Adidas sneakers made of durable fabric that can totally hang when you wear them from work to the gym and to drinks right after., Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE these running shoes. They are extremely lightweight. It feels like you are running on air yet with support. They're super cute, look exactly as pictured, and are true to size. I always wear a six and the six fits me perfectly. I would order these 100 times over and I'm actually contemplating getting another pair in a different color just because these are so perfect. I’ve had them for over two months and they have not worn out at all. They wipe clean and don’t stain, which is amazing! I regularly run outside so I destroy my running shoes. These I’ve just taken a wet paper towel to and they are as good as new! Sooo so happy with this purchase!" —Kate

    Get them from Amazon for $42.95+ (available in 5-11 and 33 colors).

    17. Waterproof shoe covers that'll make getting caught in the rain less of a panic-inducing experience. Just keep these in your backpack, purse, or briefcase and slip them on over your shoes when it pours or you have to trek through slush.

    The shoe covers will be especially clutch if you have to head out on a wet day and don't have the space to wear boots while holding your actual shoes in a separate bag — or if you just can't stain rain boots just because.

    Promising review: "These shoe covers were exactly what I needed. I got tired of taking off my shoes and changing to rain boots. These are the perfect answer to that problem. I just slip them over any shoes I’m wearing and off I go. I noticed when I was in Europe that they are popular and with good reason. These are great because you can fold them and carry for unexpected downpours. Also, delivery was very fast and they were well packed. Once more, Amazon got it right." —Gram

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    18. Boot-fix Glue that'll make you think thrice about tossing out your favorite fall boots just because they look like they have talking lips. This glue will dry nearly instantly and won't expand when it hardens. The dried glue also won't fall apart due to extreme heat, cold, or moisture.

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical about using a shoe glue type product after a shoe repair store owner told me that he wouldn't/couldn't reattach the sole on my Timberland work boots. He said that no adhesive would hold but maybe try superglue. I bought a bottle of Boot Fix Glue and followed the directions on the package to reattach the soles that had come apart at the toe. I've worn the boots several times now spending hours crawling around historical cemeteries doing restoration work. The repair is holding up fine. I am pleasantly surprised that this product actually lives up to its promises." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.45.

    19. Scented sneaker balls to ensure your shoes won't always smell like a zombie apocalypse is trying to crawl out of them when you aren't wearing them. These balls are great for removing odors from shoes, gym bags, and lockers.

    Promising review: "I bought this for our rock climbing shoes which we wear with no socks and these work! We put one in each shoe with the ball rotated to the open position and our shoes stay fresh. I'm actually surprised at how long one ball lasts and how not smelly our stuff is. We've been using these for a few months and each ball still has the same freshener left inside of it. I'm extremely happy with these." —Kristina

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98+ (six in a pack; available in five styles).

    20. Charcoal shoe deodorizers that'll totally wipe out that musty smell your kicks are harboring and replace it with a fresh, neutral scent. The charcoal is meant to suck up bacteria and eliminate the moisture that leads to the stinkiness in the first place.

    Buzzfeed / Yi Yang

    The packets are meant to be used and reused for up to two years! When you want to refresh them, you can just set them out in the sun. BuzzFeed writer Yi Yang tried these charcoal packets and was beyond impressed.

    "I tried them first on my favorite black boots that I wear daily. They had started to smell a little musty and the odor was beginning to transfer onto my socks. Overnight, the smell had completely disappeared, leaving only a leather scent behind. To say I was shook is an understatement. I then tried them on another three-year-old pair of flats that had not been smelling the best since, well, three years ago. After one day, it no longer smelled like anything. And keep in mind that I’m using the same pair of bags back to back!"

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in three quantity selections). Also, check out our full review on Moso Natural Mini Air Purifying Bags for the full run-down on how well these babies work.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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