The recession has us all riled up – and the best way to survive is to make what we do own last as well (and long) as possible.

alteredshoesSo how do we make our old shoes like new? Marty Stevens-Heebner, author of Altered Shoes: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Footwear Fabulous offered some fun tips.

* If you have widow earrings that have lost their mates, or if you have earrings you don’t want to wear anymore, you can glue those earrings to your shoes with a hot glue gun.
* Shoes often fray at the tops, where the foot enters the shoe, or where the sole of the shoe meets the upper. If you want to save those frayed shoes, or if you have a torn seam or edge, take some ribbon you have lying around and use a hot glue gun to glue the ribbon around the seam of the shoe. You can use ribbon that’s the same color as the shoes or that’s a contrasting color. (Example: the Viva Las Vegas Stilettos)
* You can glue a cluster of rhinestones or buttons over a tear or scuff on your shoes and no one will be the wiser. To further customize it, you can do this in the shape of your first or last initial.
* If you’re a pet fan, you can glue dog or cat charms to your shoes.

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