slip no more

Jenn: I purchased a pair of shoes last week, but the shoes have no traction. I’m slipping and sliding everywhere. What’s the best way to fix it quickly?

Elizabeth, The Shoe Hive: The problem with leather soled shoes is they are always slippery! The other irony is the nicer the shoe, the thinner the sole and the more they tend to be slick. The first thing you need to do is scuff the bottom. Often times I think I “need” a pair of shoes while I am working and I have to go out to the courtyard and scuff the bottom so I don’t slide all over the carpet. If you want something sturdier you can purchase a rubber grip that just sticks to the bottom front of the shoe and gives it more traction. Here is one we like from Old Town Luggage and Shoe repair that is $4.50.

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I spent the first part of my career as a copy-writer who helped elected officials brag about their support for entrepreneurs. Then I decided to get off the printed page and do it myself. The Shoe Hive made a splash on the fashion scene in Washington, and was named the region’s best shoe store in its first year. Fourteen years later, I have tripled the store’s size and also opened a sister store, The Hive. At The Hive, we offer clothing lines that are sophisticated and approachable like Rag & Bone, Tibi, Raquel Allegra, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. We have tried to fill our racks with clothing you will want to wear all the time, elevated basics that are worth the investment.

Heard the buzz? The Shoe Hive & The Hive are a pair of luxury boutiques in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring both big name designers like Rag & Bone and Stuart Weitzman and smaller brands like AGL and L'Agence, our unique selection and impeccable service are what set us apart.

The Shoe Hive                         The Hive
127 S. Fairfax Street               301 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
              Alexandria, VA 22314

703.548.7105                          703.548.7110

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