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Style For Style: Gum Gum, Go Away

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After the following experience, I vow to never toss out my gum on the floor again. I was ordering a drink at a nice bar recently when I felt my shoe sticking to the ground. Shoot, I stepped on gum. How did that happen? No time to dwell, I had to get the gum off, pronto. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, I wasn't wearing this swoon-worthy Proenza Schouler Elastic Wrap Sandal ($595), but I was wearing a newly purchased shoe I love.

To see how I took care of the situation,


  • First I grabbed a napkin from the bar and used it to remove as much of the gum as possible. I didn't throw out the napkin just yet.
  • I then asked the bartender for an ice cube and used it to rub the surface of the remaining gum until it was fully wet.
  • Finally, I used the gum from inside the napkin to blot the stuck gum with it. Voila.

If you happen to have a jar of peanut butter on hand, you can also use this technique:

  • Grab a butter knife and a jar of peanut butter, preferably without nuts.
  • Spread a thick coat of peanut butter all over the area with gum. Allow it to sit for five minutes.
  • Take a scrub brush and scrub the peanut butter/gum until it's almost gone.
  • Wash what is left on your shoe in the sink.
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sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
Ohhh! I could have saved two pairs of shoes had I know about these tricks earlier! Thanks!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
that shoe is ugly...
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
that shoe is ugly...
otaku otaku 8 years
the ice cube trick works on clothes too. i used it when a friend sat in gum during her bachelorette party. she was wearing silk too!
myystque myystque 8 years
Yeah, I'm not that into the featured shoe either. But thanks for the gum tips even though I hope I will not have to use them.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
I'm not a fan of that shoe - my ankles would be too thick to look good in a shoe like that - but that is a very quick thinking moment on your part fabsugar! glad to hear there was no lasting damage. Shoes deserve love and respsect!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
such a smart trick! i hate going into bars and getting gum on my shoes, or having my feet stick to the floor - that's just too gross for words! i've never thought to use the gum to blot the remaining gum but that's a good idea. i've done the ice cube thing before though.
emalove emalove 8 years
I hate the wide strap too, Le_silla.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Some people, bars or anywhere, are just downright obnoxious. I'll admit to sneezing my gum out once, completely accidentally, at a bar, but I went to the bartender immediately for a tissue to pick it up. One girl (erm, hel-lo) accused me of trying to look up her skirt, but I stand by my choice of cleaning up after myself.
Le_silla Le_silla 8 years
i don't like the wide strap, it does nothing for the shoe
laceymace laceymace 8 years
That's fucking gross. Who throws gum on the ground at a bar? Those shoes are heaven and that's true.
laceymace laceymace 8 years
That's fucking gross. Who throws gum on the ground at a bar? Those shoes are heaven and that's true.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I really do not like the featured sandal - in fact, I think it is downright ugly! Sorry, but I do...but thanks for the gum removal tips!
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
wow i do love those proenza shoes... talk about making a statement.
xs xs 8 years
I like cone heels and wide straps. I must find a pair that I can actually wear!
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