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How to keep shoes in good condition

Girl wearing Start-Rite senior school shoes

We understand the importance of quality footwear for children. With our rich history in foot research and technological advancements, we have developed shoes that are not only comfortable but also durable. In this blog, we will explore techniques and tips to help make shoes last longer, ensuring maximum value and longevity, as well as happy feet for children.

How to maintain shoes in good condition

One of the key ways to extend the lifespan of shoes is to take proper care of them. Regular cleaning is essential to prevent the build-up of dirt and grime and the damage it causes to the material as a result. Our pro-tip is to use a gentle brush or damp cloth to wipe off any dirt or stains. Additionally, using a waterproofing or protectant spray can help shield the shoes from moisture and keep them looking fresh.

It's equally important to ensure that your child is wearing the right-sized shoes. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to discomfort and damage to the shoes themselves. Check out our handy measuring guide to learn how to measure at home, or head to an independent shoe shop for expert fitting advice to ensure the perfect fit for your child's feet. It’s important to remember that properly fitted shoes are less prone to wear and tear.

Do shoes last longer if rotated?

For older children, especially teenagers, rotating shoes is a great technique to extend their lifespan. In this context, ‘rotating’ means having more than one pair of shoes to select from that are in frequent use, for example, school shoes. By duplicating school shoes, your child can alternate pairs throughout the week, reducing wear and tear and giving the shoes time to recover and breathe between wears.

However, for younger children, rotating shoes may not be as effective. This is simply because their feet grow rapidly, so you need to replace their shoes more often, sometimes before the shoe has completed its useful lifespan. Smaller feet require frequent measurements to ensure well-fitted footwear and healthy foot development. Ill-fitting shoes can cause discomfort and long-term foot problems. Instead of rotation, regular foot measurements are crucial for younger children. Start-Rite Shoes provides a measuring guide on our website to ensure the perfect fit for growing feet.

Do patent shoes last longer?

When it comes to children's footwear, the material used plays a significant role in determining the longevity of the shoes. Patent shoes, known for their glossy finish, offer certain advantages in terms of durability. They are made from a coated leather or synthetic material that provides an extra layer of protection. This coating makes patent shoes more resilient to scuffs and scratches, helping them maintain their pristine appearance for a longer time compared to regular leather.

However, it is important to note that patent shoes still require proper care and maintenance to prolong their lifespan. They should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place to prevent unnecessary wear and tear. Cleaning patent shoes regularly with a soft cloth and mild soap is recommended to remove dirt and stains, while avoiding harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the patent coating.

Are leather shoes durable?

On the other hand, leather shoes are a popular choice for their durability. Leather is known for its strength and ability to withstand everyday wear and tear. It moulds to the child's feet, providing excellent support and flexibility. With proper care and maintenance, leather shoes can last for a long time.

Just like with patent shoes, leather shoes should also be stored correctly in a cool, dark, and dry place when not in use. Regular cleaning and conditioning with appropriate products, for example our waterproof protector spray is essential to maintain the leather's quality and prevent drying and cracking.

Although both patent and leather shoes offer durability, support, and comfort, the decision between the two ultimately depends on personal preference and the specific needs of the child. Regardless of the material chosen, properly caring for and maintaining the shoes will ensure their longevity and keep your child's feet happy and supported.

How to make shoe heels last longer

Shoe heels can be vulnerable to damage, but teaching children a few simple tips can help prolong their lifespan.

To keep shoe heels in top shape, teach your child to always unfasten them before putting them on or taking them off. When a shoe has been worn, the material is warmer and softer, making it easier to remove. However, it's important to still undo the laces to the middle so that when putting the shoe back on, they can easily slip their foot into it.

This habit will prevent excessive wiggling and straining the heel. Also, don’t forget to regularly inspect the heels for wear and promptly address any issues to prevent further damage.

Remember, taking care of your child's shoes is essential for their comfort and longevity. By following these tips and techniques, you can ensure that their shoes last longer, providing them with the support they need and ensuring value for your investment. Start-Rite Shoes understands children's feet, and our commitment to research and innovation makes us a reliable choice for durable and comfortable footwear.

By choosing Start-Rite Shoes and implementing these shoe-care practices, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your child's shoes are built to last.