how-to-remove-chewing-gum.jpgIt's happened to us all: out and about in our favourite shoes, we suddenly notice that one leg seems slightly heavier than the other, before the horrible realisation dawns that our shoe is liberally smeared with someone else's chewing gum. Yuck! And that was the fate that befell Saturdays member Vaness White on Friday, as she travelled to the Mahiki nightclub.

It's not necessarily the end of the world for a shoe, but its certainly detracting from the beauty of Vanessa's khaki platforms, which we'll hold off identifying for now. Instead, let's look at what you can do when you're in this predicament: how can you salvage a pair of gummed-up shoes following a particularly nasty pavement mishap? Read on over the jump for some tips...

Tried and tested methods for removing gum are as follows, although of course it depends entirely on the shoe: it's easy to shove a canvas sneaker in the freezer and pull of the offending yuckstuff once solid enough to handle, but a Louboutin may require different treatment!

But there are a few more solutions beyond the deep-freeze method:

- Covering with washing up liquid

This seems to remove some of the stickiness of the gum and makes it a bit easier to break into pieces. The liquid shouldn't stain your shoes, but you may want to be careful with lighter fabrics.

- Pour on loads of salt

For a more powerful approach, after applying washing up liquid (or detergent) you can apply some coarse see salt and rub in a circular motion with a microfibre cloth. This will help dislodge stubborn areas.

- Liquefy sticky gum that has been pushed into shoe crevices, such as the tracts on sneakers, by spraying a bit of WD-40 on the affected area. Let it sit for several minutes, then remove as much of the gum as you can with a Q-tip or a small-tipped screwdriver covered with tissue paper or a paper towel.