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.
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