How to look after your children’s shoes


Have shoes professionally fitted so they fit perfectly

Shoes that are too small stretch stretched over the sole from extra pressure in the toe and heel. Shoes that are too narrow are pushed out sideways in the ball area. Shoes that are too long bend in the wrong places and this can lead to excess creasing and splitting of the upper. If the shoe is fitted correctly, none of this will happen from being badly fitted.


Clean the shoes regularly

Leather is the best material for shoes to be made of but they need to be kept clean to enable them to last as long as possible. It is a natural product and its endurance and appearance is improved by regular cleaning in the correct way for the type of leather (see below for cleaning tips on each common type of leather).


Make your children’s shoes as water-resistant as possible

Before the shoes are cleaned or polished for the first time, they should be spray with a waterproofing product. Several applications may be necessary. Always read the label on the product before applying. All non-waterproof shoes are sprayed with Scotch guard before they leave our shop. Waterproof shoes e.g. Gore-Tex, Sympatex, Out dry and Amphibox will need to be re-waterproofed once the original finish has worn or washed off after heavy use.


Wet shoes should dry naturally and slowly

Do not dry wet shoes near a heat source (radiator, fire etc.) as this will cause the leather to crack. Stuff the wet shoes with newspaper. Depending on how wet they are, perhaps changing the newspaper would be advisable. They should ideally, be left for 48 hours before wearing again.


Change your shoes daily

As mentioned above, leather shoes are a natural material and as such, they absorb moisture, which is a huge advantage of this material. They should ideally be worn one day then left for a day whilst you wear another pair of leather shoes and alternate them. This allows the moisture the shoes have absorbed to evaporate before they are worn again. This is a must for people or children who have particularly sweaty feet.

Moisture can cause rubbing making shoes very uncomfortable and can lead to blisters and athlete’s foot. Cotton socks can help reduce sweating also as they allow the foot to breath, whereas synthetic materials cause feet to sweat and do not allow the moisture to escape.

 

Useful Tips on Cleaning

For each of the different leathers there are different ways to care for them. Here are some tips on maintaining them to prolong the appearance and strength.


Smooth Leather

1. Remove any surface dirt with a soft brush or damp cloth
2. Apply shoe polish or cream of the correct colour or neutral tone
3. After the polish or cream has been worked into the leather, buff gently will a soft cloth.


Nubuk leather/Suede leather

1. Remove any dust and dirt with a brush and if necessary bring up the nap (short hairs or pile) of the leather with a copper wire brush.
2. Nubuk and suede shoes must be treated with a waterproof spray as these types of leather are highly susceptible to moisture.
3. It is recommended to use a spray to match the colour of the shoe or a neutral spray. Nubuk blocks or rubbers can be used for a persistent stain but care must be taken not to damage the leather.

Nubuk blocks or rubbers can be used for a persistent stain but care must be taken not to damage the leather.


Patent Leather

1. Clean any dirt with a damp cloth or sponge
2. Apply a patent leather cream which will help to preserve the elasticity of the leather.
3. Polish gently with a soft, dry cloth
4. If the leather is scuffed or scratched, use Vaseline on a soft, clean cloth, then rub the scuff mark until it disappears. Use what is left on the cloth to polish the whole shoe. Take a clean cloth and buff until they shine! For an especially stubborn scuff mark on black patent leather, try a dab of black felt-tip or marker pen on a damp paper towel, and then gently rub the scuff mark until it goes away.


Textiles

1. For light stains, remove them with a special fabric brush
2. For heavy stains, use a fabric-foam cleaner, reading the instructions carefully.
3. Always make sure you regularly waterproof but especially after they have dried following cleaning.


Nylon or high-tech materials

1. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge.