Boot Trees

Northwest Pearls: Boot Trees I have two pairs of leather boots and while I've stuffed them with newspaper and magazines, I hadn't been consistent stuffing them lately. The ankles of one of the pairs have started to slouch. The boots are still functional, but I wish I'd gotten boot trees earlier in their lifetime.

I bought these Ariat boot trees from Amazon and have really liked them. I only bought one pair, because I wanted to see if I'd like them, but now that I know, I'm about to order a second pair for my other pair of boots

How do you take care of your boots?

Boots: Melissa Button Frye

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Buffalo Check

They say that if you don't like the Washington weather, just wait five minutes. I've got a pair of rain boots for when the weather is at its worst, as we're supposed to get this week. They're cute, but a little tall for me. Of course, that doesn't stop me from wearing them. But with or without wear, rubber bloom can develop on the boots, as you can see on mine. I showed how I clean off the rubber bloom in this blog post. Northwest Pearls: Buffalo Check

Northwest Pearls: Buffalo Check

Northwest Pearls: Buffalo Check

For times when it's a little less wet, I'll exchange my rain boots for my black Frye boots. (They also come in an extended calf boot!)

And while I'm usually pretty bad at remembering to grab a coat unless it's currently raining, I've usually got a thin rain jacket I have in the backseat of my car for when I forget.

Hunter Boots Bloom

A few years ago, I got a pair of Hunter rain boots. I don't wear them very often, they're a bit tall for my petite legs and make walking up stairs an inconvenience, but I do like them. When I was putting them on the other day, I noticed that they were turning grey/white. That powdery residue is "bloom" and Hunter makes a spray you can use to turn your matte boots back to the original color. See more about the "bloom" and Hunter care here. The bloom happened more on one boot than the other, and while there's a bit of a glare on the top boot, you can still see the residue on the boot.

Hunter Bloom

I took my spray and followed the directions to clean the boots. After I was done the boots were back to their original black matte and matched better.

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While some people may like the look of the bloom, I'm not a huge fan of it turning my black boots grey, so I'm glad they make this spray to clean them.

Have you ever tried out the Hunter Rubber Boot Buffer Spray?

My Hunter Boots (Costco sold them one fall)

Mad for Plaid

While walking through Macy's a couple of weeks ago, I spotted this plaid dress and fell in love. It was the last one left and I'm so glad I bought it. It's currently my favorite item of clothing. I love how I can dress it up with heels, or dress it down with boots and tights; I just wore it with my brown flats to a party. Northwest Pearls: Mad for Plaid

Northwest Pearls: Mad for Plaid

What's your favorite piece of clothing?

Double Breasted Blue Coat

Northwest Pearls: Double Breasted Blue Coat Before we went to Europe a few years ago, my mom and I went out looking for new coats for the trip. I found this nice one from Old Navy. I got it on sale, and I figured it anything happened to it, then I didn't waste my money. But the coat lasted and has held up for years. It's a little long, I could have done with a petite size I think, or some hemming, but it's been a pretty good coat, especially for the price I paid. It's decently warm, especially when you layer properly. And I love how bright it is for gloomy days here in the PNW. But I wasn't able to find any similar coats on Old Navy's website right now.

Northwest Pearls: Double Breasted Blue Coat

Do you have a clothing item that's held up well?

Shoe Comfort Hacks

It's important to have comfortable shoes, but I also like to have cute shoes. Sadly these two don't often go together. But there are a few ways to make shoes more comfortable.

Northwest Pearls: Shoe Hacks

You can stretch leather shoes out with wool socks and a hair dryer. I found it better heat-wise, to wear two pairs of socks on each foot that I was using the blow-dryer on. The second pair protected my feet from the heat better and it probably helped stretch the shoes out a little bit extra.

What you do is put on a pair of socks, or two, and them put on your shoes. Take a hair dryer and blow hot air onto the areas of the shoes you want stretched out. Do this for a while and let the shoes cool back down before taking them off. I've done this and had success on widening out a pair of my sandals.

Northwest Pearls: Shoe Hacks

Something else that can make shoes more comfortable is an insert. Superfeet makes an insert for both high heels and for flats. I use their high heel insert and while it doesn't make heels as comfortable as flats, it does make them considerably better. My mom and sister both have the Superfeet flat dress shoe insert and they both really like it. I'm going to see if it'll fit in a pair of my boots and if it does, I'll probably get one for myself.

Even cheap inserts or padding can help. You can add it under the heel area, the forefoot area, or to the back of the shoe to prevent blisters or to take up space.

Do you have any suggestions on making shoes a little more comfortable?