03 Apr Is it OK to Buy Used Cleats?
Is it Smart to Buy Second-Hand Cleats for Kids?
The push to recycle and reuse has reached the world of children’s sports shoes. If you have kids who play sports, you’ve probably seen stores that offer used sports shoes, cleats, boots and other equipment for sale.
Reasons to Consider Used Sports Shoes
In many ways, buying these second-hand shoes makes a lot of sense. Here are just a few that might have you thinking that they’re the solution to several problems.
Foot growth. Children’s feet seem to constantly be growing. They seem to outgrow their cleats and sports shoes before they get worn out. You feel like you’re constantly buying new ones. At the same time, that also means those used shoes probably won’t have much wear on them.
Reducing waste. You dislike the idea of throwing out shoes that haven’t been used that much and still have some life left in them. If you don’t have other kids that you can hand them down to, you don’t have much of an option. Buying used shoes allows you to recycle and reuse.
Cost. If your children play several different sports, you may be spending a lot of money trying to keep them outfitted. If you have more than one child who’s active in several sports, you’re going to need a low-cost option.
Choosing Your Shoes
You can now buy used cleats, ice skates, and ski boots. These all look like they’re in decent condition in the store, but how do you know if you’re making a good choice?
- Look for shoes that don’t show excessive wear on the heels or sides.
- Scratches and scuffs are less important than proper fit.
- Make sure you buy the correct cleat. Baseball and football cleats have a front toe cleat that differentiates them from soccer cleats. These won’t be allowed on a soccer field because the front toe cleat is considered dangerous to other players.
- For similar reasons, don’t buy metal cleats. Buy the rubber or plastic ones.
Some Pointers and Precautions
Once you’ve found the perfect pair of shoes, protect your child’s feet by following some simple steps.
- Clean the shoes. Before your child wears the shoes, clean them thoroughly. Spray them with a disinfectant spray or wipe the insides with alcohol on a swab.
- Avoid fungi and bacteria. Fungal nail is a potential problem for any child who plays sports, regardless of the shoes they’re wearing. You can kill any lingering fungi in used shoes by washing them in hot water and soap. If the shoes are washable, toss them in the washing machine or wash them by hand in hot water. Let them air dry.
- Check those heels. If the shoe’s heels are worn down, don’t buy them.
- Replace the lining. The lining on used shoes may be worn out. Replace it by adding inserts or custom orthotics.
- Always wear socks. Make sure your child wears the proper socks with their sports shoes and cleats.
Keep Those Feet Healthy
Whether your kids wear new shoes or used cleats, they’re likely to face similar foot problems if they’re active in sports. Using the proper footwear, practicing good foot care and getting regular podiatric appointments will keep their feet healthy. At Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine in Sterling, VA, we specialize in child-friendly care that will make all of you feel great.