Many children these days out-wear their school shoes, before they out-grow them. Shoes are structurally only designed to approximately last 6 months if worn 5 days a week, or 700 hours. So this automatically works against us parents trying to save our hard earned dollars and not purchase new shoes until the new year.
So how do you get mileage out of your kid’s school shoes, and get through that last school term without having to buy new ones?
- Polish leather school shoes – Leather needs moisturising to pro-long it’s life, so make sure you invest in some good shoe polish and a brush and give them a once over on the weekend.
- Have a shoe repairer look at the shoes – A great shoe repair shop will breathe life into school shoes that are looking a little worse for wear, and get them to go that extra mile. Velcro straps that have come apart can be re-stitched, the sole or heels of shoes can be repaired if the bottom has worn, and even holes in the toes can be repaired with a Topy Toe Cap. Repair is much cheaper than buying a new pair of shoes.
- Don’t squash the back of the shoe down when putting them on – teach your child to slide their finger into the back of their shoe to assist with putting it on, so the back doesn’t get squashed down. This will prolong the wear of the shoe.
School shoes are a large investment if you’re buying quality, so it’s worth spending the time to care for your kid’s shoes so they last, and you can get through to the end of term 4.
A GREAT TRICK FOR WET SHOES
If shoes get excessively wet, stuff them with newspaper – this helps to draw the moisture out of the leather. Don’t put them in front of a heater as it can dry and crack the leather.
A GREAT TIP FOR VELCRO THAT STOPS STICKING
Clean out the carpet fluff and other debris from the velcro with a wire brush. Cleaning it regularly keeps the velcro sticking together.
A GREAT TIP FOR LACES THAT CONSTANTLY COME UNDONE
Most shoes are fitted with nylon shoe laces as they are long lasting, however done stay tied up as easily. Change the laces to cotton laces and they will stay tied up much longer.