If you are one that has a large inventory of shoes in your closet there are some shoe accessories that can go a long way to increasing the time that your shoes last. These items include custom bags, polish, stretchers, shoe trees, and even shoe polish.
I am surprised and amazed sometimes that many people will spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes and then not take the time to care for them properly. Polishing your shoes is one of the easiest things you can do to prolong the life of your shoes and make them look like new, especially for leather shoes. Another secret of old time shoe-shine professionals is the use of mildly abrasive, non gel toothpaste to remove any scuffs that may appear on your shoes.
Sometimes you may have the need for shoe stretchers to help change the shape of your shoes when you are suffering from bunions or corns. These tools can be a great tool but you have to be careful that you don't over do the stretching or you can end up tearing the shoes.
Shoe trees are another often used accessory, especially by ladies. I know I can still remember when I was a kid my grandmother had a closet full of shoes and they were all on shoe trees. By storing shoes on a shoe tree you are able to maintain the shape of the shoes and reduce the chance of them shrinking.
Another very popular accessory to protect your shoes is a custom shoe bag. These are especially good for keeping your shoes safe and protected when you are traveling or if you need to change your shoes during the day, such as if you go to the gym before or after work. This option comes in handy when you are busy and don't want to have to return home or if you are going to be more than an hour away from home. These bags are also waterproof so your shoes will be protected from damage from rain.
In addition if you are the type of person who does all of their own polishing and buffing you will want to make sure that you always have a good supply of soft rags and also a safe place with shelving to store the shoes long term. If you tend to send your shoes out for care then you should have the names and numbers of the shoe care professionals you use regularly.
For other shoes you have that are constructed of materials other than leather you will need to be sure that you have the proper cleaning and maintenance items for them as well. In many cases you can simply wash them in cool water and let them line dry. Be careful about putting them in a dryer as the excessive heat can damage them.
Making little changes to your outfit give the illusion of a complete wardrobe makeover. Our favourite trick to attain this objective is to use spring or summer scarves and tie them in different styles. Here are our top picks for summer scarf styles complete with easy instructions:
This eternal Parisian classic scarf style is one of our favourites. Wear the scarf around your neck so both ends hang in the back. Cross both ends behind your neck and bring to the front. Adjust the loop so it sits comfortably around your neck. Tie a loose knot at one side of your neck and then tie another to secure the first knot.
Fold a square scarf to form a triangle and wear it around your neck so that the two ends of the scarf hang down your back and the pointy end sits on your chest. Tie the ends at the back, bring both ends forward, and hide them under the portion of the scarf sitting on your chest. Make sure to adjust for comfort.
This one's super easy to do and best suited for scarves in bright floral patterns. Wear the scarf with both ends hanging in the front. Fold one side over the other twice. Fold a third time, but this time, bring the end though the neck loop. Spread the scarf around the neck area so it covers the knots and the other end of the scarf underneath.
The most common way to tie a scarf and yet it never goes out of style. Fold the scarf in half so that both ends are a little bit uneven. Wear it around your neck in such a way that both the ends go into the loop created at the other end. Adjust the neck area for a snug or loose fit.
Looks complicated but isn't! Wear the scarf around your neck so one end hangs down the front longer than the other. Bring the long end over the short end and pull it through the neck loop from the bottom but not entirely. Pull in a manner that the long end creates a half loop on one side of your neck. Tie securely to form a half bow shape and spread the bow a bit.
Scarves in different shapes, colours and textures are a must-have for every woman. They add visual interest to any outfit and up your chic quotient without costing a whole lot of money. When wearing a scarf at night, use a brooch around the neck area for a more sophisticated look.
There are very few things which do not occasionally undergoing some kind of improvement or revamping. Wallet designs which have remained mostly unchanged for decades are going through a period of reinvention these days. For many men their front pocket wallets have replaced the standard types and there is no going back.
As the name implies these are designed to fit perfectly in the front pants pocket. The most obvious benefit is quicker access. It is much easier to reach down than it is to constantly reach behind to grab money or a credit card.
The Benefits of Front Pocket Wallets
Some men see them as offering better security. After all, it is easier to notice what goes on in front of you or beside you. With traditional wallets, many unsuspecting persons have lost their personal items after what appeared to be a simple bump.
Most men like a neat look when wearing dress pants or slacks. Standard money holders often create an obvious bulge. With front pocket wallets this will never be an issue.
This bulge also makes sitting down a bit of a problem as well. It is not unusual to see a man remove his billfold and put it in his front pocket before sitting down. Sitting on it can also cause bank cards to become bent and unusable.
A Variety of Styles
They are more than just a departure from the typical look. Manufacturers do put some thought into making them more than just functional pieces. As such they come in different colors and materials, and a range of attractive designs as well.
Leather is generally the material of choice. It is popular because it is so easily crafted and it is relatively inexpensive considering its durability. Hand stitched types with embossed logos and text tend to be among the most expensive.
Many of them are built with windows to display IDs. Some have windows for driver's license to fit perfectly inside. This can be on the outside or inside depending on the style.
If added security is important to you, front pocket wallets with chains might be worth considering. The chain has a clasp on the end that attaches to the pants loop. This is becoming increasingly popular among travellers who are sometimes at increased risk from pickpockets.
The super slim front pocket wallets add an extra touch of convenience to these already handy accessories. For their size they are usually capable of holding as much as the old standard types. In fact many first time users are usually surprised by this fact.
There are also tougher types made from aluminium or other metals. Colorful and shiny, they are often fashion statements onto themselves. No wonder some men choose to own more than one to match their look of the day.
If the look is important most manufacturers are committed to offering as many options as possible. Aside from different colors there are many patterns which just about anyone will find attractive. You can find any style from wood grain pattern to a simple plaid design.
Many types of front pocket wallets are made with the idea that cash and cards are not the only thing we carry around. Some types have zippered pockets built in for loose change so men can avoid having noisy coins jingling in their pockets. Some of them even have compartments for small items like guitar picks and even cell phones.
While conventional wallets will not disappear from the male fashion, the front pocket wallets are here to stay. The makers of these items seem focused on increasing the range of options available to men everywhere.