By Jennifer Tzeses
With all the daily wear and tear we put our shoes through, it's no wonder their average lifespan seems to be no more than a season or two. But with the right TLC you can spruce up all your flats, sandals, boots and stilettos so they look shiny and new for a lot longer. Here, advice from the experts for keeping your tootsie protectors in tip-top shape so you can walk miles in your own shoes.
1. Support Your Soles
Lots of walking can wear out the soles of your shoes, so you'll need reinforcement. "Have a cobbler glue on a sole protector, a preventive thin layer of rubber, which keeps water from soaking through the shoes, makes them slip-resistant and helps them last longer," says Jim McFarland, spokesman and historian for the Shoe Service Institute and owner of McFarland's Shoe repair in Lakeland, Florida. "By doing this, you can actually extend the life of the shoes by about six or seven years," he says.
2. Get a New Lift
The lifts on your