As the new school term approaches, it's time to ensure your kids are ready for the term ahead, and that includes their footwear. Children's shoes can take quite a beating, whether from playground adventures or everyday wear and tear. However, with a little care and attention, you can have their shoes looking and feeling refreshed for the new semester. Here are five easy ways to do just that:

1. Clean Kids' Footwear Thoroughly

Start by giving your kids' shoes a good clean. Remove any dirt or debris from the surface using a soft brush or damp cloth. For tougher stains, use a mild soap or specialised shoe cleaner. Be sure to clean both the exterior and interior of the shoes, including insoles and lining. Allow them to air dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

2. Deodorise and Disinfect Kids Shoes

Over time, kids' shoes can develop unpleasant odours due to bacteria and sweat. To combat this, sprinkle baking soda inside the shoes and let it sit overnight. Baking soda helps absorb moisture and neutralise odours. For an extra boost, you can also use a disinfectant spray designed for shoes. Spray it inside the shoes and allow them to dry thoroughly before wearing them again.

3. Repair Any Damage on Kids Shoes

Inspect the shoes for any signs of damage, such as loose stitching, worn-out soles, or broken straps. Addressing these issues early can prevent further damage and extend the life of the shoes. Depending on the type of damage, you may be able to fix it yourself using a glue, needle, and thread, or you may need to take the shoes to a professional cobbler for repair.

4. Spruce Up the Appearance

If the shoes are looking a bit dull or scuffed, consider giving them a makeover. For leather shoes, use a quality shoe polish or conditioner to restore shine and colour. Sneakers and canvas shoes can benefit from a thorough scrubbing with a toothbrush and mild detergent. You can also use fabric markers to touch up any areas where the colour has faded or worn away.

5. Add New Shoes Accessories

Finally, consider adding some fun accessories to give your kids' shoes a fresh look. Replace old laces with colourful ones to add a pop of colour. You can also attach decorative charms or pins to the shoes to personalise them and make them stand out. Just be sure to choose accessories that are securely attached and won't pose a choking hazard. Did you know, our Siloso Water Sandals great for adding little charms? Try them out!

By following these simple steps, you can refresh your kids' shoes and ensure they start the new school term on the right foot. Not only will their shoes look better, but they'll also feel more comfortable and confident as they embark on new adventures. So take some time to give those shoes a little TLC, and watch as they shine bright once again.