A few tricks can keep slip-on shoes from slipping offThe...

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May 21, 1992|By Orlando Sentinel Good clothes deserve proper summer storage Knight-Ridder News Service @

A few tricks can keep slip-on shoes from slipping off

The hot shoe this season is a slip-on without a back. It's called a mule, perhaps because it stubbornly refuses to stay on your feet. It has also been called a slide, perhaps for the same reason.

Mules trimmed in fluff and feathers were most often seen on the feet of leading ladies as they lounged about their boudoirs in 1940s movies. Easy to wear when lounging, but difficult when you're out and about. But it can be done. Here's how:

* Select a style with a fairly low heel and sides that wrap around almost to the heel. These are easier to keep on than high-heeled slides that cover little more than the toes.

* If possible, wear slides over bare feet, which have more "grab" than slithery stockinged feet.

* If you must wear stockings,use a trick employed by runway models. Take a strip of masking tape and double it over, sticky side out. Press the tape to the sole of the slide, toward the front, so that the ball of your foot sticks to the tape. Such is the price of looking fashionable.

The way styles flash in and out of vogue -- and the way fashion designers like to update classics in ways that force people to make new purchases -- fewer people find it worth the time, money and energy it takes to store clothes properly so they last years and years.

But it is possible to store seasonal clothing so it withstands moth damage, mildew and discoloration. These are the basics for proper home storage: space in your living area, a sturdy cedar chest and plenty of mothballs or flakes -- and a garment won't hold up in storage unless it's been thoroughly cleaned first.

Plastic and cardboard storage containers may seem like practical ideas, but they're only marginally sufficient for long-term storage of synthetics. Animal hides and natural fibers need to breathe or adapt to room temperatures and humidity. It's best to wrap them in acid-free paper, which is available at art supply stores, or in natural fiber sacks. Plastic containers trap heat and could contribute to mildew, and cardboard containers are poor barriers against moths.

If you're thinking of investing in a cedar chest, consider it just that -- an investment. Only those with panels at least three-quarters of an inch thick and airtight seams can keep out mold spores, insects and moisture.

The oils from cedar heart wood kill larvae, but the smell alone doesn't repel moths. While some people claim that sweet-smelling herbs do the trick, there is still no replacing the effectiveness of plenty (one pound per 100 square feet) of naphthalene mothballs to kill eggs, larvae and adult moths. Mothballs or flakes should be changed every six months; and clothes stored in mothballs should be shaken and vacuumed periodically to dispel the most stubborn moths. A good step in moth protection is dry-cleaning garments before storage.

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