How to make high heels last

Prep your brand new heels to last

Well you did it, you just blew $100 on a pair of shoes for an act. And that’s just the shoes. You haven’t even started to bedazzle yet! Read more to learn how to prep your new high heels to last longer.

If you want to make this investment last, (and get your money’s worth,) there are a few things to know so that those shoes don’t end up in the donate pile, or even worse, the landfill.

My little green nerd self has learned that properly cared for shoes last longer and create less waste for our planet. Which is why I buy strictly leather. I won’t even waste my time looking at those cheap super cute shoes with a sassy bow on them because they will probably tear within 3-4 wears. I’m pretty hard on shoes.

How to prolong the life of your shoes

There are a number of ways to make your investment last. I talk about the benefits of prepping shoes for stage here.

  • Adding rubber soles extends the life and prevents additional wear on the tips and sides of the soles
  • Not wearing the same ones every day (or every show)
  • Keeping them clean
  • Keeping them nicely stored (shoved in a bag does not count, leather needs to breathe)
  • Replacing worn down heels to prevent slipping and damage to the actual heel of the shoe

After spending $100 to rubber three pairs of shoes at the cobbler, I decided there had to be a better way! So….enjoy this video I made of how to rubber your own shoes.


Shoe Rubber
Barge cement (I got the large one because it’s a better value.)
Utility knife
Rubber Bands or Utility Clamps

I hope that these tips help that pricey pair of pumps last a bit longer and serve you onstage or off.

Let me know if you have any other tips in the comments below.


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