5 Easy Hacks to Customize and Perfect Your Shoes

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We celebrate and glorify running shoes at Runner’s World, but we also aren’t afraid to modify and customize them. After all, they’re a tool to help you accomplish your goals. Here are our favorite tweaks to make footwear meet our needs.


No-Slip Grip

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You don’t need a fancy traction device to run on snow and ice. Hit the hardware store for #10 x 3/8-inch hex-head screws. Drilling into the thickest parts of the sole, add six on the forefoot and four on the heel. You can take them out quickly (with a power drill) to run in dry conditions, and replace the screws when they wear down.

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What You Need:
#10 X 3/8″ Stainless Slotted Hex Washer Head Screw $10


Lace to Fit

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A few years ago, we got shoes that were missing a top eyelet. The heel slipped, so we grabbed a pair of hole-punch pliers and added our own. These pliers are essential for runners who want to adjust the lacing of their shoes to fix fit issues.

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What You Need:
General Tools Hole Punch Tool $7


Install Drainage

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A problem with too many shoes is that when water gets in through the top, there’s no way for it to get out. Break out a ¼-inch drill bit and add six holes through the thinnest spots on the forefoot. When you run, you’ll pump the water out.

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What you need:
Bosch 18V Compact 1/2″ Drill/Driver Kit $129


Patch It Up

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A common tool for runners until recently was Shoe Goo. Parts were always coming loose on shoes. That doesn’t happen much anymore, but occasionally a rubber patch will work loose. Just add a dab of glue and stick it back on.

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What you need:
Shoe Goo Repair Adhesive $6


Let ’Em Breathe

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If you find a new shoe causes blisters on your pinky toe late in runs when your feet swell, or presses a little too much on a bunion. Take an X-Acto knife to the upper and cut a window, or make small slits over the areas of pressure for extra room.

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Madea’s Top 5 Fashion Rules for 2019

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Fact: Defining your personal sense of style is tricky. That’s precisely why it’s so important to have fashion role models to look to for inspiration.

Enter the impossible-to-ignore: Mabel “Madea” Simmons, who we were lucky enough to catch up with after her runway debut. “My style is a mix of vintage and modern chic. Ya girl is always dressed to impress, and wearing something that still allows me to drop it like it’s hot,” shares the star. We’re not saying you have to carbon copy her exact look, but you can (and should) take notes.

So go on, take what you will and make it your own. And when in doubt remember that fashion is supposed to be fun, honey!Branded: A Madea Family Funeral (Embargoed)

Rule 1: Comfort Is Key
Fashion is about looking good, but if you can’t move around your day comfortably, there’s no point. Luckily, Madea agrees. “If Madea loves one thing honey you know it’s a muumuu. Yard work, church, the CLUB—I’m gonna be well-ventilated.”

Rule 2: Invest in a Power Suit
“When Madea walks into a room, you know I’ve arrived.” That’s the kind of vibe you’re going for, and you’re not going to make it happen without a power suit in your wardrobe. “For all my dressy and special occasion needs, I look no further than my fabulousness skirt suit. This baby was made for me and all my curves, y’all.”

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Rule 3: Have a Signature Jewelry Piece
“Haven’t ya heard? A lady never leaves home without her pearls! Y’all already know I’m as classy as it gets, but these shiny beads add an effortless elegance to my everyday and special occasion looks—and my family has tons of those, so these ensure Madea always comes prepared.” OK, so it may not be pearls for you, but it’s really to your benefit to nail down a signature jewelry look that’ll elevate your image.

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Rule 4: Patterns Are Your Friend
This season, leave your boring neutrals at home. Owning your fashion identity is all about pushing boundaries with fun prints and patterns. “Who is Madea without her floral muumuus? My dresses are loud, they please the crowd and they’ve all got it going on. I dress to please the Lord, y’all.”

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Rule 5: Try New Trends
Figuring out your signature style is a wonderful feeling, but it can also become stale if you don’t mix it up and rotate in some new trends here and there. Need a recommendation? “I see all these women turning up the heat and working them puff-sleeve dresses into their wardrobe. It’s about damn time they caught up to Madea Mabel Simmons!”

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5 Accessories Every Guy Should Own

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When it comes to accessories, men are limited in choice as compared to women. They do not have thousands of designs and styles at their disposal, and have to make the best of what is available. No matter your age, what you do for a living, or the kind of lifestyle you lead, these five accessories are something you cannot live without. Even if you’re not using them on the daily, there definitely will be an occasion to pull them out.

Dopp Kit

Dopp Kit

A Dopp kit is an absolute must-have, especially if you’re someone who is on the road often. It is the perfect accessory to keep all your grooming products organised so that they’re easily within your reach. The kit will also come handy whenever you’re going on a weekend getaway. They’re available in different shapes and sizes.

Good Quality Leather Belts

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A leather belt is a necessity at any time of the year, and it is important to have one for every occasion. You can use it to dress up a casual look, or give an extra edge to your formal attire. An important rule of thumb – the colour of your belt must always match the colour of the shoes you’re wearing.

Fancy Briefcase

Fancy Briefcase

A briefcase isn’t an accessory of choice when it comes to most men. Nevertheless, if you’re an office-going lad, it is imperative that you invest in one. A briefcase would give you a much sharper and professional appearance. If you don’t wish to carry a briefcase everyday to work, you can carry it for important meetings where you’re representing the organisation you’re working for.

White Sneakers

White Sneakers

On days when you want to kick back and have a casual day out, white sneakers are the perfect accompaniment to your outfit. No matter you’re age or body type, you can never go wrong with a pair of good ol’ whites. Besides being effortlessly trendy, they’re extremely trendy and can be pulled off by almost anyone.

Headgear

Headgear

A beanie or a hat is a great style option if you want to introduce some texture to your style. The versatility of a beanie makes it feasible to invest in, and they’re available in a number of colours and designs to suit your taste. Caps and snapback hats are a great way to keep it casual if you’re not into beanies, and you can even experiment with them as their designs are a lot bolder than that of beanies.

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