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Kids shoes are one of the cutest things you can find in the kids clothing section. They also come in a plethora of styles and colors like loafers, sneakers, sandals, mary-janes, high-tops, T-straps and booties. These shoes are all great and if you know where to search you could find really good quality and well fitting shoes for your babies and toddlers. Now, kids shoes are also made of different types of materials. They range from leather fabrics, plastic, rubber, fabrics, wood, jute fabrics, and metal.

Of all these materials, leather remains one of the most commonly used and highly sort after. Kids Leather Shoes are known to last really long that they can be passed down to siblings and they also fit really well and can withstand external extremities that occur during usage. This means they don’t give in to wear and tear easily and this is a dream come through for parents. Most kids shoes (especially for toddlers) tend to depreciate quickly because of the usage. Since the full-time jobs of kids os to run around, scream and step on puddles shoes made out of solid materials like Kids Leather Shoes are a more sort of option by parents for their kids.

Care Tips

Even though kids leather shoes are long-lasting, they still need to be cared for so they last even longer. Also, mishandling of leather can lead to its rapid deterioration. So below are some care tips for kids leather shoes and other leather items that you might have.

Cleaning: All leather tends to lose moisture and oils over time which makes it start to dry out. To keep any leather shoe in tip-top condition, you need to ensure the leather fibers stay supple and to accomplish this the leather shoes will require natural oils or regular moisturizing. It’s always best to regularly use a leather care product to replace those oils and keep the leather supple. Also please note that you should never use a product that contains Lanolin . Keep your kids leather shoes and other leather items stored in places that are dry and clean when you're not using them, ideally in the specially designed dust bag that comes with the shoe to help protect it.

 

Scratches: I know it’s especially hard to avoid scratches on a toddlers shoes but alas we must try. And if we can’t prevent it, at least we can fix it when scratches do occur. To get off scratches, apply Vaseline or boot polish to coat the leather with a protective finish that’ll make it durable. Be careful not to apply polish as any form of polish, even a clear or natural color, will almost always change the color of your leather. So test a small area of leather first and then check you’re happy with the final color before applying to the rest of shoe. Also, research the shoe manufacturer and see what kinds of polish they recommend for care purposes. Apply this polish at least every couple of weeks, if not more often as you would with a fine pair of leather shoes.

Dirt: The key to removing dirt from a leather shoe is to not use too much pressure, it’s much better to lightly rub a mark 100 times with low pressure than 10 times with a lot of pressure. If you apply high pressure you are more likely to remove the finish and damage the leather. Warm water and elbow grease can get rid of small dirt stains on the bag.

Rain: Leather shoes should not be allowed to get wet but if they do, they should be wiped with a dry cloth and allowed to dry naturally. If the forecast shows a possibility of rain, then you should wear your kids a different kind of shoe like their rain boots or if they don’t have rain boots, a pair of booties or sneakers that can withstand water. Do not use artificial heat like a dryer, hair dryer or radiator to dry leather shoes. If your kids leather shoes get wet, simply pat dry gently and leave them at normal room temperature until they dry naturally.

 

Extreme Temperatures: As mentioned above, keep leather shoes away from hot or extreme temperatures. Heat exposure can cause the pigmented finish to bubble and to peel away. Try to keep leather shoes out of direct sunlight for long periods, because this can fade your leather. So your kids leather shoe is probably not a good choice for a day in the park or on the beach. Freezing temperatures can also damage your leather shoes and the natural structure of its fibers, that give it strength, and make them brittle. Cold temperatures can also cause the pigmented coating to crack excessively, so if you don’t like that effect then it’s prudent not to let it get too cold. So no leather shoes on snow days.

Cleaning Steps

Follow this step by step guide when cleaning your kids leather shoes. These steps pretty much summarize all the information given above. If you are unsure of what to do, visit your products manufacture's site to seek more information or send them an email asking for more information or care tips  if you must

  1. Always ask or research for care instructions when buying the product
  2. Remove dirt build-up by wiping down with a cleaner made specifically for the leather in question.
  3. Remember the hardware. Most shoes have precious metal-plated buckles or chains.
  4. Every other day, give the leather shoe a brisk sweep with a soft dry cloth—this won't take more than a few minutes but will go miles towards preserving the appearance of your leather.  
  5. Think of conditioning as a moisturizer for your leather, that will dry out over time.
  6. To prevent flaking and wrinkling, dab a dollop of conditioner on a soft cloth and rub gently all over.
  7. Condition your leather shoes every month or so to keep your leather looking its shiny best.