The secrets for making school shoes last longer & protecting feet.
Protect them – give the shoes a good start by giving them a layer of protective spray.
Label them – chances are other children will have the same school shoes, so make things easy by labelling them, the last thing you want is to lose them.
Air them out – Get the kids to take their school shoes off as soon as they get home this way any moisture or sweat inside the shoe can dry out before the next morning
Dry them out – If their shoes are wet, stuff them with newspaper or any old paper you have and leave them to dry. Never dry them in a warm place as this will crack the leather
Remove Dirt – Encourage the kids to wipe their feet, but if they come home muddy then give them a wipe with a damp rag or even a baby wipe
Clean and polish – Once a week You should clean and polish their shoes. Use a coloured shoe wax to restore them. After applying the wax with a soft shoe brush, use a clean rag or cloth to buff the shoes back to a shiny new look. Using a cream conditioner with a soft cloth every couple of months will help to protect the shoe from the elements and prevent the leather from drying out. You should also use a waterproof spray after cleaning them each week.
Deodorise – Once a week after cleaning pop some bicarbonate of soda in the shoe to take away any smell. Once You knock it out add a couple of drops of essential oil (I like tea tree or lavender)
Quick fixes – You can also have a scuff polish with a sponge applicator that If you use as and when required to keep the shoes looking OK.
Scuffing - if shoes get scuffed or scratched this is NOT a fault in the shoe it is caused by uppers coming into contact with a hard surface. Shoes have rules to keep them looking great ONLY the sole should come into contact with the ground.
Patent Repair kit is a must to help with scratches or scrapes as this will pro long the look & life of shoe.
New Shoes - remember any new shoe might cause a blister if not worn in a little before suddenly wearing ALL day for first time. Especially after feet have been in Trainers, sandals, canvas, crocs etc all summer. then suddenly a stiff new leather shoe with New socks & wearing ALL day. This does not automatically mean a shoe is the wrong fitting. Please ensure children wear a few days prior to going to school in short bursts at a time.
Massage - New leather can be massaged to soften especially at the Heels & Tongue Area it really does help. http://m.wikihow.com...nt-Foot-Blisters
Worth a few minutes to read .
Hope this helps.
Kilwinning & Largs