It’s hard to be a parent. Whether you have one or five children is never easy. One aspect of parenting is usually challenging – your shoes.
If you’re looking to buy them, sizing them up, or getting them back looking good, here are some shoe hacks to help you with your child’s shoes.
You should look a lot better with a little effort. Toothpaste is also known to remove scratches easily.
Ever seen a kid with suede shoes? As unusual as it may be for a child to rock them, they are adorable. Then after a few days you wonder how you can make her adorable again.
Do not worry! Bread is actually a really good scrubber for removing stains from suede. We don’t know why, but all you need to know is that it works!
Children are not always the most hygienic people. In general, they wear the same clothes in bed and even the next day. Basically, children can stink. And their shoes usually suffer the most.
Instead of using the washing machine every time, it can be very helpful to put a tea bag in your shoes. The tea bags absorb all the smells you don’t want and freshen up the shoes with their beautiful scent.
Oil and paper towel
Another great solution to shoe odor only requires two things: essential oil and some paper towels.
Take the paper towel and fold it once so that it is about the same size as the shoe. Put 5 drops of essential oil on the towel and leave it in the shoe overnight. The next day it will be odorless.
Since we’re already talking about smells, everyone likes the smell of baby powder, right? If your child’s shoes are squeaking as hard as SpongeBob’s, this will fix the problem.
Pour some baby powder on the shoes and listen to the squeaks go away! The reasons for this are a mystery, but it works!
Shoelaces can be a challenge for the little ones. This generally means that the work falls on the parents. Tie them up, then untie them, and so on.
Take away the risk of your child falling over their own shoelaces with a neat trick. Tie the laces in the shoes. Now the shoes have magically become slip-ons!
A sweet addition
Another thing to do if you want to go further is to use elasticized laces. Take the laces and tie them normally, but add a single knot at the top. Cut loose shoelaces and tie a cute bow with thicker shoelaces. Now all you have to do is sew the bow onto the knot you made earlier.
When you combine two hacks you get a beautiful pair of loafers that look like lace-up shoes and are cute to boot into. Feel free to use any material or color you like and your child will love you for it.
Children are active individuals and they often fall and end up wearing their soles. We have a quick and easy fix for torn soles.
Just sand wherever the crack appeared to create more friction and then just glue it back together. After a few hours to dry, the shoe will appear new again.
It is sometimes difficult to convince your child that their shoes are still okay and that they don’t need a new pair when they are bored with their old ones.
If you take a stamp and attach it to their soles, they may become entertained about their old shoes. You will love making interesting prints. Glitter can make her happy with her old hard working shoes too.
A hacking puzzle
This next hack is one that has been trending lately. A hack we weren’t sure why it happened or what it was for.
It turns out that the parents who stick coins on their kids’ shoes are 10 steps ahead of the game. You cleared everything up. And here is why they do it.
A simple home remedy
Sometimes children just want to make noise. They want to dance and make music with their feet. You want to dance, but it can be difficult to know if this is an ongoing passion or a phase. You don’t want to invest yet, and you don’t have to.
Stick or glue coins to the end of their shoes and save yourself the cost of buying tap shoes!
Cute, Wearable, Crafts!
Another way to save money is to upgrade your old simple shoes with a DIY paint job. Acrylic paint adheres incredibly well to most surfaces and leaves a shiny finish.
You can also use markers and stencils and let your children draw the shoes themselves, freehand. Not only is this extra fun for the kids, but you could also have a mini Picasso on your hands.
Missing socks solution
It’s getting late, you have to go, but you can’t find her. All of them. If you don’t find them soon, you’ll be late for work and late for school with no socks on. You look desperately until you give up and use it again yesterday. It’s okay, it happens to everyone.
Never lose those tiny socks again and wash them in a lingerie bag.
Out of all of these simple and effective hacks, the DIY tap dance shoes have to be our favorite on the list. No wonder the parents kept this quiet!
One wonders what other strange things parents do to stay out of parental misery. Whatever it is, it will be hard to beat the look of these coin glued shoes!
No more wrinkles
Make no mistake about it – preventing shoe creases is a dozen times better than fixing it. However, if you want to give your folded basketball shoes a newer look, this tip might come in handy.
Take a damp cloth, place it on the folds of your sneaker and gently rub it over it with a steam iron. It won’t completely eliminate them, but it will still make a world of difference.
Tight toes? No problem
There is a great way to loosen the tip of your shoe. This is often where the footwear is too tight. Take an airtight bag filled with some water and place it in the toe box.
Leave your shoes in the freezer overnight. Since the water expands when it turns to ice, the toes of the shoes are a little wider than before.
There’s no denying that shoes do wear out at some point, and heel linings are often one of the first things to break down. But you can give new life to the inner heels!
If they need to be fixed, just patch some material over them and no one will be able to tell the difference. Denim, for example, is an absolutely good choice!
Remove water stains
Some leather shoes have a tendency to develop water stains after exposure to water.
It is a pain removing them, but a splash of vinegar and an old toothbrush are all you need to keep those ugly stains away. Just dip the toothbrush in white vinegar and buff it off!
Make new shoes comfortable
Getting new shoes is often double-sided. After all, you’re happy with your new shoes, but breaking new shoes can’t exactly be called fun.
The best thing to do when using new shoes is to put on thick socks and blow dry any tight or uncomfortable areas. The heat will loosen the material and your feet will get used to their new surroundings much faster.