School shoes take quite a battering. Kids are active; their playtimes involve running round like madmen, playing schoolyard games like tig, and kicking footballs around. Naturally they’re going to sustain scuff marks and scratches – it’s all part and parcel.
But, as a parent, there are some things you can do to make your child’s school shoes last just that little bit longer – and in the process reduce the strain on your funds.
Many parents take the approach of constantly reminding their kids not to drag their feet, or put on a pair of trainers during playtimes; however, this nagging usually falls upon deaf ears. Instead, and you probably won’t like this much, you have to take the initiative when it comes to your child’s school shoes.
When your kids arrive back from school, the first thing you should do is get them to take their shoes off. It’s a basic step, but it’ll prevent the shoes from sustaining no more wear than is necessary. Once they’ve been taken off you should go about wiping them with a dampened cloth. This will fetch any of the grime, mud or dirt that’s accumulated on the surface whilst they’ve been worn during the school day.
You should carry out a basic clean of your child’s shoes on a daily basis. It’s a real chore, I know, but by getting rid of all that mud and dirt, the school shoes will remain durable and more resistant to the elements for a greater amount of time. Having wiped the shoes (or pairs of shoes if you’re the proud parent of more than one) you should allow them to dry in a well-aired spot.
Though, you might get the desire to dry them in front of a fire, you shouldn’t. This approach will have you back at your nearest shoe shop, hand in wallet, quicker than you know it.
Alternatively, you could also invest in a high quality shoe polish when you go to buy school shoes. Dubbin wax, for example, can be applied to waterproof leather. Whereas shoe polish is applied to give school shoes a renewed shine, dubbin obviously serves a more practical purpose.