5 Shoe Designs for Kids

Although there are a plethora of shoes that abound in the world, not every shoe type is great for a child to wear.

Here are 5 amazing shoe types that your kid would rock and still come out looking as fashionable as possible.

  • Sandals

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Sandals are an open type of footwear and may or may not have a heel. For kids, sandals without heels are more preferred as they protect the bones of the ankle of the child sprain and all what not. Sandals are appropriate for the warm weather as it helps to keep the child’s feet cool and dry. The various types of sandals great for kids are velcro or T-shaped sandals. These can be easily worn by the kids without parental guidance.

  • Trainers

 

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These are also called sneakers, athletic shoes, tennis shoes, gym shoes, sport shoes or runners. These were primarily designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise such as running, dancing and jumping. If you have kids that are very physical, this is the footwear to procure for them.

The various types of trainers are high-tops, low-tops, sneaker boots and so much more. These come in different sizes, colours and brands. Trainers are great as they have the ability to absorb impact.

  • Ballet Flats

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These are also called Dolly shoes or simply flats. They are inspired by the actual woman ballet dancer’s shoes. These are great for outdoor activities; such as picnics, birthday parties and carnivals. Ballet flats are known to have rubber soles as they offer extra comfort to the feet of the kids.

  • Slides

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These are great stay-at-home footwear for the kids as they are backless and open-toed. Slides can be either high-heeled or flat-heeled or somewhere in between. Since it’s going to be worn by kids, flat-heeled slides are recommended.

Slides give a sport look when worn and they are apt for a walk in the park,walk on the beach and so much more.

  • Flip-flops

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These are open shoes which are held in one’s feet by a strap that goes between the toes. They are mostly made of rubber. These are worn to achieve a very casual look for the kids. These can be worn to the beach or a walk along the park.

Kids have to avoid wearing flops for long as they can be very tough on the feet resulting in pains on the ankles, legs and feet. (more…)

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6 Ways to Lace Up Your Shoes

Shoe laces are important shoe accessories. It can literally switch up your attire when knotted properly.

We’ve highlighted amazing shoe lace ideas.  Read on!

Sawtooth Style

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This style is suitable for sporting or military use. In both scenario, if injuries occur, the upper laces can be easily cut through. Other benefits of this style are; it’s easier to tighten and the fit can be modified.

The way to achieve this is;

  • Begin straight across on the outside and in through the bottom eyelets.

    • The left end runs straight up on the inside, then straight across on the outside.

    • The right end runs diagonally up and left on the inside, then straight across on the outside. Repeat with alternate ends until one end reaches the top left eyelet.

    • The remaining end runs straight up on the inside and out through the top right eyelet.

Zipper Style

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This style is well suited for climbing boots, skates, boots or any footwear that requires firm support. The benefits of this style are; it holds the shoe very firm as well as gives the shoe a decorative look. Here is how to achieve this style:

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • The ends are looped under the laces where they feed under the sides of the shoe.

    • Cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

    • Repeat the looping and crossing and feeding out through the next higher eyelets until lacing is completed.

Loop Back Style

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Do you have shoes with thick round laces? This shoelace style is excellent on them especially light colored laces on dark coloured shoes. The beauty of this style is the fact that the shoelaces loop back on themselves rather than simply cross over each other.

This style gives the shoe a decorative look. However, this shoelace style wears the shoelaces out and causes the center line to shift. How to achieve this style, read below;

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • At each eyelet pair, the ends are given a half twist in the middle of the shoe before looping back and returning to the outside.

    • The ends are fed under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

    • Repeat until lacing is completed.

Ladder Style

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This style is suitable for high boots with many eyelets such as hiking boots. This style assures the wearer is stable while supporting the entire body weight. Here’s how to achieve this style;

  • Insert the shoelace into the first eyelets with the ends down
  • Pull both ends to make sure the shoelace ends are even
  • Run the ends straight up the sides and through the next (higher) set of eyelets 
  • Run the ends straight across, but under the vertical lace sections on the opposite side 
  • Continue running straight up and in through the next higher set of eyelets 
  • Repeat the last two steps until you reach the last eyelets

Bush Walk Style

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For even number of eyelet pairs on a shoe, this is the shoelace style to consider. It evens out the pressure on the feet and reduces sagging of shoes. If not done properly, the result could be a very messy look. These are the steps to achieve this look;

  • Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • The left (blue) end runs straight up on the outside, then straight across on the inside.

    • Both ends run straight up on the outside, each skipping one eyelet and feeding in two eyelets higher up.

    • Both ends continue straight across on the inside and out through the adjacent eyelets.

    • Alternate running up on the outside and across on the inside until the ends emerge through the top and second-from-top eyelets on the same side.

Double Back Style

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This shoelace is really stylish and holds the whole firmly. However, while trying to tighten, it can be terribly awkward. The good news is, different variations of the shoelaces, offer beautiful yet different looks on your feet. Here’s how to achieve this shoelace style;

• Begin straight across on the outside and in through the second-from-top set of eyelets.

• Cross the ends and feed in through the second-lower set of eyelets (skip past one set of eyelets).

• Continue down the shoe two sets of eyelets at a time.

• At the bottom, run each lace end vertically between the bottom and second-from-bottom eyelets.

• Double back and work back up the shoe, criss-crossing through the vacant sets of eyelets.

Now, you have 6 amazing styles to pick from. Let us know how helpful these styles were in the comment section of all our social media platforms.

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DIY- How to Make Shoe Racks at Home

 

Ever had this phrase ringing in your head, “I need a bigger shoe closet”. Why? Because you are a certified shoe addict. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not! In fact, it’s a great sign as you always think there’s room for one more pair.

What’s the solution to this? So many nice shoes yet we just have 2 feet. Well, one idea can be to keep purchasing storage closets. This can be very expensive and space consuming. This blog post offers 6 amazing DIY hacks to create and design your personal shoe racks that are truly less space consuming.

  • DIY Shoe Organizer and Command Center:

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For busy households, this hack is excellent. This hallway command centre has the added bonus of having added hanging baskets. If you have kids who are into sports, you might wanna consider this hack. It’s time saving as you spend less time picking up shoes after the kids.

  • DIY Floating Entryway Shoe Rack:

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To have enough space at the entrance of the front door, you should consider this hack. It could also be used for the back door for shoes. They are also so easy to build and it doesn’t consume so much space. You can also build as many racks as possible against the door. The number is determined by the size of the family, this way as many shoes as possible can be perfectly in place.

  • Wooden Spinning Shoe Carousel:

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Carousels are lovely to have in the home especially the spinning carousels. These can be built entirely from wood and completed in no less than few hours, depending on you. The advantages of this hack are; it does not take up space and you you can either build one yourself or order one online.

  • DIY Ladder Shoe Rack:

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This is super easy to make and it is perfect for storing several shoes at once. This rack, doesn’t occupy so much space. You can either decide to build a new ladder or make use of an old ladder. So, if you wanna get so many shoes in storage, this is the hack to use.

  • Bench and basket storage:

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This hack is suitable for the entryway to homes or mudrooms, most especially if you live in mud prone areas or you can build it easily for your bedroom. The items needed are just a bench and an appropriate storage basket- which can be a wicker basket or a tote. All is dependent on you.

  • DIY Cardboard Shoe Rack:

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This amazing rack is made from empty cardboard boxes. This hack is cheap, easy and you can use it to hold all of your shoes. It also helps to save space as you get to stack the shoe cubbies on top of each other. This hack enables your closet or bedroom to achieve a unique look. If you also have empty cardboard boxes, this hack is a creative way to upcycle these empty cardboard boxes.

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How to Store Shoes Long Term to Prevent Mold

To wear shoes is just one thing but maintaining and storing them is an art and it requires more than shoving all your shoes in a closet.

Proper shoe storage enables them to last longer, keeps them in a wearable state as well as prevents molds from growing on them. The indoor humidity or relative humidity should be 30% and 50% in the home. This threshold is suitable both for the occupants of the house and the shoes as humidity higher than this enable the growth of mold.

In this blog post, we have listed 8 ways to store shoes to prevent the growth of mold.

Using Silica Gel Packs

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To prevent the growth of mold, add a pack of silica gel to the shoe storage containers in order to remove dampness. Shoes that are light in weight and are made of fragile materials such as; espadrilles, summer shoes and cork soles tolerate molds very poorly. Hence, silica gel packs must always be in their storage containers.

Stuff shoes using acid-free tissues

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Acid free paper is an absorbent that protects the shoes from deterioration as well as maintain the shoes’ proper moisture level. Newspapers can also be used but they apply to short term storage. In the storage of boots long term, unbleached muslin fabric is recommended as it cleans residual moisture and protects the delicate sequins of the boots as well as the metal buckles from scratches.

Choose your Storage Unit with Care

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Opt for a high quality, moisture-resistant unit. This way, you are combating the moisture from developing in the first place. Storage containers are designed to handle different challenges. Buy the storage container that suits your need.

Avoid Wrapping shoes in Plastic

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Shoes need to breathe properly even while in storage. Wrapping leather and suede in plastic causes the shoes to be prone to mold attacks and the eventual discoloration of the shoes. Rather than wrapping in plastics, wrap the shoes in acid-free tissues.

Avoid Storing Shoes Wet

 

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Don’t put shoes in their shoe boxes or storage containers when damp. Wet shoes easily get moldy in storage; which gives the shoe a very bad smell. Place the shoes in a dry and ventilated area to let them dry out completely before you storage.

Maintain the Appropriate Temperature and Humidity

High humidity and low temperature support the growth of mold. In these conditions, the leather becomes brittle, the fabrics used in the production of the shoes weaken while the glues that holds the shoes loosen. In the same vein, the harsh treatment of shoes too causes instability to them.

Clean Shoes Properly before Storing them

Shoes stored with dirt, dust and other residues affect drastically the durability of the shoes, causing them to degrade, most especially suede and leather shoes.  These also serve as a great base for the growth of molds. To avoid these problems, clean the suede and leather shoes by brushing them with a soft non-scratchy brush to remove the dirt and dust. Stains can be removed using a special or leather cleaner.

Use shoe tree for storing shoes short term

For the prevention of creases and folds and to keep shoes in a wearable state as well as prevent molds from forming on them. Other factors that promote the growth of molds are gravity, aridity and humidity as well as the age of the material.

 

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5 Must Have Shoe Accessories

Accessories are like vitamins to fashion (Anna Dello Russo) and they are the perfect way to add something special to finish your look.

Shoe accessories are the unseen, unforgettable and ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure at any event or function you step into. Good shoe accessories are important and are becoming more and more important as each day passes.

There are several shoe accessories but we have put together 5 Must Have Shoe Accessories. They are;

Shoe Insoles

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The insole of a shoe is the inner part of a shoe that runs from underneath the shoe. It provides support to the base of the feet.  Insoles are also known as footbeds and inner soles. They offer the user even weight distribution on the feet, they provide arch support and help the feet to absorb shock.

The improper care of the foot can lead to a wide range of complications but it’s interesting to know that all these can be avoided by using this pair of accessory. The pads are made of gel or foam. The choice to use any is highly dependent on you.

Shoe Clips

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These are basically used to provide beauty to certain kinds of shoes.  Either court shoes or pumps made of leather materials. It is a common practice for brides to add this piece of accessory to their bridal shoes.

The shoe clips are available in different styles and colours. The clips could be made of rhinestones or synthetic pearls. They can also be gotten from the nearest jewelry store or ordered from an online store.

Shoe Decoration Charms

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These come in different styles and bear different insignias. There are different shoe charms for different shoe types. There are shoe charms for sneakers, high heels, crocs and so much more.

Running shoes would look so boring if they don’t have shoe decoration charms. You and your partner can have matching shoe charms too to add a bit of love to your romance!

Shoe Laces

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These are available in different sizes and width and come in different colours. You can spruce up your feet outlook by tying these laces in unique and amazing styles. So, who  says you gotta stick to just black and white shoe laces?

You can go bold, you can go bright and you can go colourful!

Shoe Socks

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This is sometimes perceived by some to be a fashion item or a piece of clothing that is usually worn on the feet. Socks most times, cover the ankle or some part of the calf.

In this article, we are dealing with socks covering the ankles as they could be worn with dress shoes or sneakers. Socks made from materials such as wool offer insulation to the feet as well as absorb sweat produced from here. They are a must have and are available in myriad colours and patterns.

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