How to care for soft sole baby and toddler shoes

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Baby shoes can often have a short life. From being chucked on or crawled/mauled to death, there are still some simple things you can do to help them live a long life. And at least they’ll still look cute when they are finally tossed out of a pram or you lose one at the playground. Here are our top tips for caring for leather and suede.

First things first. 

Crawling is the number one killer of baby shoes. Particularly if your child likes to commute on concrete or rough surfaces. It’s often hard to avoid, but when your child is really finding their feet (pun intended) with crawling, opt for synthetic soft sole baby shoes or socks instead. Otherwise you’ll end up with a pair of shoes that won’t make it into the future-sibling pile.

Generally, waterproofing sprays are only recommended when your child is no longer tempted to put their feet/shoes in their mouth, due to their chemical nature. When your child is the right age, a light spray every few weeks will really help to keep your child’s shoes in good condition (both leather and suede).

Caring for leather shoes.

Leather uppers are more durable and can be cleaned much easier than suede. Clean or target any stains using baby wipes or damp paper towel. Our leather is treated, so it is somewhat waterproof. Splashes and puddle jumping is OK, but don’t let your child swim or bathe in their shoes. For more than a few reasons.

Caring for suede shoes.

The reality is, suede and nubuck shoes often cop a beating as they are more sensitive than their leather friends. Waterproofing spray will help prolong their life, and when required, spot clean with a suede block brush. Keep out of contact with water as much as possible.

We recommend you check your children’s shoes regularly to ensure they are the correct size and the fit is appropriate. Look to move up a size when your child’s toes start to feel crowded (at least half to 1cm is recommended by podiatrists) or when you struggle (more than usual) to put your child’s shoes on.


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