Shoe Repair

A mum’s hack stopped her from buying new school shoes

A young girl’s shoes have gone viral for an unusual hack. Veronique McDermott was understandably hesitant to purchase new school shoes for her five-year-old daughter Brooke because her front ones were scuffed after just three weeks at school. She first tried to cover the marks with a Sharpie pen and nail polish, then she decided to try to use electric tape to an amazing effect. When Veronique McDermott did this, her daughter’s shoes lasted for months.

She was so successful, she’s doing it again to get even more out of the same pair of £12 shoes. She posted about it on the Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas Facebook page, which was recently renamed Family Lowdown, she said: “When I bought my kid’s first pair of school shoes within three weeks she had damaged the toes which looked horrible but I couldn’t bring myself to buy another pair knowing the shoes still had loads of life in them. So I thought I’d tape the toes with electric wire tape. They lasted ages and I’ve now done the second round on the same pair. Ready to last hopefully another few months!”

Hundreds of parents have reacted to Veronique’s message, praising her “amazing idea.”. One mother said, “Game changer!” and another added, “I’m on my third now at school and this is actual genius lol!! So simple and I’ve never thought to do this! Thank you lol! X”

‘Not a single person has noticed the shoe repair,’ the mother of one told the M.E.N’s Manchester Family, and when she pointed it out to them, ‘they’re all surprised at how it seems to be the originally purchased shoes.’

She said, “I was disgusted with the idea of throwing away nearly new shoes and thought of loads of different ways to rescue them. I tried nail polish and Sharpie and it didn’t last or looked really obvious. I saw the tape and thought to try it and it looked amazing. When my friend asked if I could do the same with her daughter’s shoes I realised other mums might find it useful. So I shared on the group not expecting such a huge response.”

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