Shoes shoes are a real investment. Mini has just had to have new ones as his feet had grown and they cost £42, thankfully we had a £40 voucher from Clarks to put towards them. For Mini we really have to look to a shop like Clarks as he has wide feet and a high instep. His current shoes are a 2.5 H width fitting. When you pay that short of money for shoes it is essential that you look after them and I have to say I learned a lot about caring for leather shoes from my Dad and Granddad.
- Add a name label, when you have paid for school shoes, you do not want to lose them!
- Protect them before they are first worn with a protective waterproof spray and again on a regular basis.
- Never dry them over a radiator or heat source when wet, instead fill with crumpled newspaper of paper and allow to dry naturally.
- Get your children to take them off when they get home from school to air them out.
- Remove dirt as soon as possible, get in to the habit of giving them a wipe over each night with a damp cloth
- Clean on a regular basis with a leather cleaner. I am an old-fashioned wax and brush girl, which I leave on for an hour to sink in before removing with a soft brush and rag. Applying the wax with a brush gets it in to all the bumps and crevices.
- Liquid scuff polish is a great quick fix to keep shoes looking smart
- If shoes start to smell then a sprinkling of bicarbonate of soda in them overnight will deodorise them.
Mini really wanted the yellow and green trainers, but school shoes have to be black! I love the use of coloured laces to bring shoes and boots up to date and will be doing this with the boys shoes.