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Frugal Maniac

Bemidji MN, 56601

Shoe's

Leather Shoe's

Buying a pair of leather shoes is a purchase that will pay dividends long into the future. With a good pair of leather shoes the durability, with a little care, will last fro many years to come. Keeping them nice does not have to cost more then the shoe's did when they bought. We are going to share a few tips that will make them last as long as possible while still keeping them looking great.

Something to consider is to buy a second pair 

Leather Boots

 of shoes when doing this it will make them last twice as long. Wear the shoes alternating them on a every other day schedule. Make sure that the shoes are dry and moisture free. A neat little item that will help dry the shoes while still keep their original shape. This awesome little accessory is called a cedar shoe tree.


Making sure that each set of leather shoes is properly cared for everyday is is an important step to increase how long the shoes last. The best products for keep the shoe's nice are the natural care products like saddle soap, mink oil, and we have even used animal fat from deer and elk we have harvested in the past. Goop Automotive hand cleaner is a non-water-based cleaner that helps remove the junk that gets picked up when working in the garage. Another care product is called pine gum it will help blend in knicks and faded colors.


If the leather shoes are always getting wet it is a good idea to find a waterproofer that will keep them as dry as possible. Never dry a leather shoe over any kind of heat source, this can cause them to shrink and crack. They sell silicon waterproofers, and beeswax can also be used. There is only one time we will get a leather shoe wet and that is to help custom fit the shoe to the owners foot. I used to wear cowboy boots when I was a kid. I loved them, but they would cause blisters. I was told by an old cowboy to wear them down to the lake, jump in, and then wear the boots until they were dry. This process will form the boot to your foot. It works!

How to get rid of shoe odor

Our feet sweat! With the sweat, it causes moisture, which in turn makes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. These bacteria "fart", causing the odor that you smell. To get rid of the smell the first thing you'll need to do is wash your feet and keep the shoe as dry as possible. Drying them when needed, a cedar shoe tree will also help drying.


The bacteria needs to be killed so that there is no more "farting". One tip is to use rubbing alcohol it dries quick and kills the organisms living in the shoes. Be careful with this method it can discolor some shoes. They can be tossed in a pillow case and put in the freezer over-

Stinky Shoes

 night, the bacteria cannot live in the cold. You'll want to warm them up before putting them on for the day. Or finally, a 50/50 mix of vinegar in a spray bottle. The mix also kills the bacteria.

Finally to get rid of the smell, we use two methods. The first method is backing soda. I know it's messy, but we have a trick that is not messy but still works. Go to a department store and pick up a cheap pair of nylon stockings. Take a cup of baking soda and put it in each stocking, tie the end, and place one stocking in each shoe. The second deodorizer uses the same method as the baking soda instead using a cup of unused coffee grounds. The coffee grounds will get rid of the odor, we have used to get rid of diesel smell in our home when an old fuel oil furnace sprung a leak.

If you follow this advice the toxic smell coming from those smelly shoes will go away. One other tip we'd like to put in is try to always get shoes that can "breathe" and have good air flow. We know that if waterproof shoes are a must they do not breathe so the above tips will help get rid of odor. 

Tennis Shoes

There is a shoe, universally used, and it can be said most people have at least one pair. Originally called a sneaker, but now has other names that are more familiar. The Tennis Shoe, tennies, tena shoe, and even simply a trainer. There are different variations for walking, running, casual, work, sports, simply put there is a sneaker for every occasion. Have you ever wondered when tennis shoes were invented? Or Who invented the tennis shoe?


There is a shoe, universally used, and it can be said most people have at least one pair. Originally called a

Sneakers

sneaker, but now has other names that are more familiar. The Tennis Shoe, tennies, tena shoe, and even simply a trainer. There are different variations for walking, running, casual, work, sports, simply put there is a sneaker for every occasion. Have you ever wondered when tennis shoes were invented? Or Who invented the tennis shoe?


It is hard to imagine but tennis shoes "sneakers" were created over 100 years ago. In 1800s when the Industrial Revolution was just starting to get under way in the United States, they started to produce rubber. Sneakers, originally called plimsolls, started as a plain rubber soled shoe. But Goodyear, who was back then a rubber shoe company, in 1892 invented and presented Keds Ò. Within ten years the name "sneaker" was given to the shoes because they were so quiet.


In 1917 Converse jumped into the "sneaker" revolution and introduced the Converse All Star. This was the shoe worn by basketball players, and eventually became known as the Chuck Taylor All Star. These became the must have shoes for over 50 years for basketball players and some kids.


In 1931, the Dassler brothers Adi and Rudolph created the first shoe focused on tennis. This was how the brand Adidas was created. The brothers then had a disagreement so Rudolph partnered with Puma Schuhfabrik. This partnership introduced a football shoe and the brand Puma.


Sneakers were not considered to be the go to shoe until the 1950s when James Dean was photographed with him in a pair of jeans and a white pair of the sneakers. After this they were worn by teenagers, boys and girls, of the era as a sign of rebellion.


Nike joined the sneaker business in 1968, when Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman partnered up and create Blue Ribbion Sports Shoes. Soon after, they decided to change the business name to Nike after the Greek Goddess of Victory. In 1971, they bought the Nike symbol from a graphic design student, which they only paid thirty five dollars for. In 1979, the first air insole was introduced, the Nike Tailwind. Then once again in 1985 they came out with the Air Jordan.


Ever since the Jordan's hit the market the shoe market has been overtaken by different brands, styles and purposes. The sneaker has become the go to shoe for people all over the world in every profession. 

Make Old Shoes Look New

After a while, without a little bit of attention, shoes can become scuffed, dull, and look wore out. They do not always have to meet the trash can, especially if they are not full of holes or broke down. Take a potato and cut it in half. Take the cut side of the potato and rub it all over the shoe. We would recommend throwing the potato in the garbage and continuing with a little elbow grease and shoe polish. When they are all done, they will look shiny and new. This will not take care of tennis shoes, but works on boots, heals and loafers.