So you’ve shopped around on Glidekicks and bought the pair that caught your eye. Now what? Well, you can start wearing your shoes to school or to the mall but, before anything else, you should learn how to take care of your light-up shoes.
That’s right: just like any other footwear, your LED shoes require proper care so they can last for a long time. There’s no need to worry, though, since caring for your light-up footwear isn’t difficult! We’ve listed a few tips that will help you extend the life of your new kicks:
- Keep your shoes away from water
A lot of LED shoes nowadays are water- and weather-resistant, but this doesn’t mean you can wear them to the beach or throw them in the washing machine. Remember: they contain batteries, LED lights, and other electrical components that would surely get damaged when they get in contact with water, so keep them away from liquids. (And, as this video shows, machine washing doesn’t always result to cleaner shoes, anyway!) You can still wear your LED footwear during rainy days or in light snow, but avoid any wet and watery situations as much as possible.
- Spot-clean them when needed
So how can you clean your shoes if you can’t wash them? Simple: use a washcloth! Get some warm water (mix in mild soap if needed), dip the washcloth into it, wring out excess water, and use the cloth to remove dirt, mud, and stains from the outer part of your footwear. Wipe with a piece of dry cloth and allow your shoes to air dry. NEVER throw them in a dryer!
- Avoid overcharging your shoes
LED shoes finish charging in a couple of hours. Keep an eye on them so you can remove them from the charger once the batteries are full. Never charge them overnight; doing so can destroy your shoes’ batteries and prevent them from working properly.
- Use the correct charger
Manufacturers choose the best possible chargers for their LED footwear, so use the charger that comes in the box with your shoes. Avoid using other chargers even if they’re compatible with your LED shoes since they may cause electrical damage.
- Use the appropriate battery
If you notice that your shoes’ lights are getting dimmer, or if they lose their charge easily, contact your manufacturer right away and ask how you can get the appropriate replacement batteries. Don’t replace them with just any kind of batteries; doing so may damage your shoes’ electrical components and render them useless.
- Never store them in hot areas
Do you store your laptop or smartphone in a non-ventilated cupboard or in a car parked under the summer sun? We hope not, since doing so can damage these devices. The same principle applies to your LED shoes. These footwear contain the same kind of lithium batteries that are found in mobile devices, and they get damaged when they’re exposed to extreme heat — even if for a short time. Store your shoes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources (like radiators and cooking stoves).
Keep these tips in mind to properly take care of your light-up shoes and make them last for a long time!