Thursday, 17 December 2015


Posted by Diana Stiles, owner of Buskins Shoe Shop

1. Before you wear your shoes for the first time clean them with a suitable polish.  Cleaning them helps to protect them from dirt and water damage.

2.  If you have purchased suede shoes spray them with a protector spray which will help to stop water damage.  
3. Nubuck shoes can be sprayed with a product that has oil in it so it will also help to feed the leather.  
4. Clean your shoes regularly. Use polish in a tin with brushes or cream in a jar and apply with a soft cloth and buff off.  Cleaning regularly keeps them waterproof and they will last much longer.
5. If you notice that your heels are worn make sure that you get them re-heeled before they wear the stack of the heel down. 
6. Have you got your suede boots dirty?  Don’t worry let them dry off naturally and when dry use a suede brush to brush off the dirt.  If dirt persisits use a cleaner such as Combi proper (available from Buskins).
7. At the end of the season it is a good idea to have a good look at your shoes and boots and give them a good clean and get heels repaired if necessary.  Buskins will take in damaged shoes and get them repaired for you. Store the cleaned and repaired shoes in boxes so they keep their shape.
Buskins have a variety of cleaning products, creams and polishes that will help you to keep your shoes in good condition.  If you need advice please feel free to ask!
tel: 01453 836 836

Tuesday, 20 October 2015


Now I know what you're thinking... Buskins shoes are all about comfort not trends. But that's where you are wrong! We put a lot of thought and research into our collections each year and always aim to have something for everyone. That means we have the classic year-in year-out styles as well as fashion forward design following the current seasons trends! 

A few of this seasons picks and where their trend inspiration came from:

The 1970s show no signs of being a passing trend—rearing its sophisticated stance in footwear that leverages patchwork for texture and color play.

Emilio Pucci

Buskins GRS

With fur bombers remaining a large trend—and ever-growing in size and scale—it makes perfect sense that a penchant for all things furry would migrate to standout accessories.

Brunello Cucinelli

Buskins Maruti

The main idea in colour is that two are better than one, done up in subdued hues for a lesson in chic restraint.

Jil Sander

Buskins Pikolinos

From Chelsea boots to lace-ups, the coolest in low-riding footwear takes direct inspiration from your most stylish guy's closet.


Buskins Gardener Bro's

Thursday, 9 July 2015


Buskins Shoes Shop

In todays fashion focused world people often choose their footwear based purely on appearance rather than how well they actually fit. Shoes that are too small confine our feet and don’t allow our them to spread. This confinement can easily lead to bad circulation; it can impinge nerves and cause the joints to bend in odd directions in addition to causing black toenails, blisters and foot numbness - not nice!

Shoes that are too large, on the other hand, don't provide the support our feet need and are likely to rub aswell as lead to posture problems. It is important to be aware that problems with our feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and nerve and circulatory disorders. Therefore, we cannot stress enough the importance of making sure each of your feet are measured correctly (ideally by a professional shoe fitter). The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest.

We know that it isn't always practical to get your feet professionally measured, particularly if you are buying online, so as a guide here are 10 pointers from Buskins to make sure you get the best possible fit for your feet:

1. Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other, so fit your shoe to your larger foot. However, don't always rely on the size marked inside the shoe as these can vary in size during production by different manufacturers. Instead, select your shoe by how it fits your foot.

2. Make sure you check the location of your longest toe (not always your big toe), ensuring that it is not pushed up right against the front of the shoe. There should be a space of 3/8" to 1/2" from your longest toe to the end of each shoe when you are standing up.

3. Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot.

4. Remember to try on shoes with the socks or tights you are likely to wear them with.

5. Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe. Never buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit.

6. Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping - the shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk. Stand on your tiptoes to make sure that your heel does not come out of the shoe.

7. Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right. Make sure there is no tightness or rubbing, and that the shoe’s arch support matches up with your foot’s arch. Take them home and spend some time walking on carpet to make sure you are happy with the fit.

8. The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, flexible material to match the shape of your foot. Shoes made of leather can reduce the possibility of skin irritations.

9. Soles should provide solid footing and not be slippery. Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces but make sure that the shoe still bends easily under the ball of your foot.

10. If you are purchasing lace up shoes make sure that the lace holes on either side of the shoe are at least one inch apart. If they are too close, you will not have enough room to adjust the laces. If they are more than two inches apart, the shoes may be too tight.

If you need any further help with finding the right shoes to fit your feet pop into Buskins Shoe Shop in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire and make use of our free professional shoes fitting service.