Fashion Advice: Taking Care of Cork Heels

Dear Budget Fashionista,

I have a pair of Oh Deer! Garbo (the spittin’ image of the Christian Louboutin Bruges down to the red sole) that I got for a steal on QVC.  Anyway, how do i care for the cork? Do i seal it and make it water-resistant with a spray? Or since cork is porous do I leave it as-is? I live in MI and while I will not be wearing these trudging some place uphill both ways in 10-ft of snow, I want to make sure I’m covered.

Answer: Take the shoes to your nearest cobbler and have them put a clear sealant on the cork—should cost more than $10 for the pair. Cork can rot if not properly protected, and having a cobbler do this will make sure it’s done right.