A nice new pair of shoes always looks great, but the process of breaking the shoes in can be uncomfortable and even painful. Also, by the time they’ve become a truly comfortable pair of shoes, they almost never look like a new pair of shoes.

The good news is that things don’t have to be that way. Here are the best shoe hacks that will keep your shoes looking fresh without sacrificing your foot comfort!

1. It turns out that toothpaste isn’t just for your teeth. It makes a great cleaner for the rubber parts of your sneakers!

2. For leather shoes, a little bit of rubbing alcohol is a cheap, easy cleaning solution.

3. To get rid of that dirty shoe stank, try using baking soda as an odor remover. 

4. For certain types of shoes, nail files are great for buffing away minor scuffs and scratches.

5. For really smelly shoes, vinegar is a good, powerful odor combatant.

6. You can use a little dab of Vaseline to shine your patent leather shoes.

7. If you get water stains on your suede kicks, a little bit of cornmeal applied to the affected area can make all the difference.

8. To stretch out a too-snug pair of new shoes, use a hair dryer to warm them up while they’re on your feet.

9. In the opposite direction temperature-wise, you can use ice to expand your shoes. Just fill plastic bags with water, seal them, stuff them in the toe-area of the shoes and put them in the freezer. As the water freezes, your shoes will stretch.

10. For slippery rubber and leather soles, you can improve their grip by “abrading” or roughening up the surface with coarse sandpaper. Note: don’t sand the soles until they’re even smoother than before.

11. Applying a little bit of gel deodorant to the areas of your shoes causing blisters can help reduce foot on shoe friction. 

12. If you have pain while wearing high heels, taping your 3rd and 4th toe together can help alleviate it.

13. Use beeswax to waterproof your favorite canvas shoes. 

14. If the rubber straps on you flip-flops are causing you discomfort, wrap some cloth around the rubber parts and you’ll be good to go.

15. You can get rid of annoying squeaks when you walk by adding a little bit of baby powder to the inside of your shoe, which will dampen the sound.

16. If you find that your shoes slip around when you’re wearing them, a simple DIY insole can do the trick to get some traction. Simply outline your feet on pieces of thick, coarse fabric, cut them out, and throw them in your shoes!

17. When preventative measures don’t work and you’re having foot pain, a soak in warm, tea-infused water can literally get you back on your feet. 

Those are some clever ideas! We can’t wait to try all of them on our own shoes!