Here’s a little fact that many of you will soon discover “not all heels are created equal”, if you haven’t done so already. Shoes are a fierce accessory that you can purchase in just about any store you walk in these days. They will become the perfect compliment to your outfit allowing most of us to become absent minded of the basic principal, “Quality over Quantity” which is a true factor for shoes. Bear in mind, there are huge differences in quality from one brand of shoe to the next. In this segment of Shoe Shopping Successfully (SSS), I’ll explain how you can spot an above average (high quality) shoe that will last you a lifetime! So next time you’re out shopping, look for the following before you make a purchase:
Material. Leather, Leather, Leather investing in a great leather shoe can last you for quite some time with minimal maintenance. Although leather shoes may feel a little tight for the first couple of wears, a good quality pair will eventually offer you some give and begin to provide a good deal of comfort. Leather shoes can typically keep there original look for a lifetime with the help of Kiwi shoe polish which can be purchased from your local walmart or target.
The Sole. Always check the sole of the shoe to ensure it’s secure and flawless. Because, once the sole wears on your shoes there is no coming back. Most shoes are either stitched or glued on. When selecting a good quality heel you want to aim for a sole that has been stitched on and that is seamless and secure. This gives your heels a nice and smooth finish.
Bottoms. Check the bottom of the shoe to see what it’s made, and whether it offers a hard or soft bottom. The bottom of your shoe is typically made of Rubber, Leather, Suede or a Synthetic material. Although you may have worn one in every category at some point in your lifetime, I suggest you opt for leather bottoms to give you additional foot protection and less slippage when purchasing your next shoe.
Lining. Yes the lining of your shoe matters. In purchasing a quality shoe you first need to ensure that the shoe is completely lined around the inside for the best comfort. Secondly, you want to check the material, as the type of material the show is lined with can truly affect how it wears. Going for shoes that are lined with natural materials such as leather will help absorb moisture, and allow your foot to breathe easily without altering comfort.
By now I would hope that you have discovered that the key to finding a good quality shoe is leather. In my experience, shoes that are 100% leather inside and out last a lifetime. As long as you take care of your leather shoes, they will take care of you no matter the cost.
Share your examples of great quality leather shoes you’ve purchased in the comments below?