As wholesale childrens shoes distributors around the globe for decades, we know that kids’ shoes are prone to more wear and tear than adults’ shoes. Unlike adults, children don’t give a thought to how their activities affect their footwear; from getting soaked in the rain (or mud puddles) to playing on the playground at school, children’s shoes take a beating. How to care for them and extend their life? We have a few tips.
What to do before the shoes are ever worn. Protect your kids’ shoes from the get-go, and they’ll last longer. A thorough spray with a product designed to protect against water and stains will help footwear last longer. These products usually work well for canvas, leather, nubuck, and suede.
Prepare for wet weather. Many parents attempt to dry wet shoes quickly by a radiator or heat from a fireplace/wood stove. When your children get caught in the rain and their shoes are soaked, it’s best to allow them to dry naturally by putting newspaper inside to absorb excess water and moisture. The best solution? Place a pair of waterproof shoes or boots near the door for your children to wear outdoors on a rainy day.
Shoes need year-round maintenance. Polishes and sprays protect shoes from the elements, so applying every now and then is important to keeping your child’s shoes in good condition. Routine polishing keeps leather moisturized and supple, and can also help reduce the appearance of scuffs. A rubber eraser is effective for removing scuffs on nubuck and suede. Also keep additional laces on hand so that when one breaks or becomes worn out, you can replace it.
Proper fit is essential. When shoes are too small or don’t fit properly, they will exhibit signs of wear and tear sooner in areas where a child’s foot rubs against the shoe, such as in the toe area when shoes are too tight. Keep this pointer in mind: When buying your child shoes, make sure there is about a finger’s width of room beyond the longest toe. The shoe will be more comfortable, and allow room for growth. Shoes made of natural materials are also more breathable, and therefore more comfortable. Inspect the inside of shoes for any stitches, seams, or other things that could cause blisters and/or irritation.
At The Jay Group Ltd., we know that it’s easy to feel like you’re going broke trying to keep your children in shoes that look good, protect the feet, and are comfortable. As a wholesale shoe provider both domestically and internationally, we provide footwear that’s affordable in the latest styles and most trusted brands. Whether you’re in the domestic discount chain or flea market industry, trust us for all of your wholesale footwear needs! Your customers will love the shoes you have to offer – and they’ll love the price even more.