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Back to School: Choosing School Shoes

January 13, 2019

It’s nearly time to start thinking about getting the kids ready for another school year.
It’s also around this time we start getting a lot of questions about school shoes

Choosing school shoes can be an overwhelming task but it is an important one. Your child spends five days a week wearing them and as their feet are still developing a properly fitting supportive school shoe is important!

First off, it’s a great idea to involve your child in the decision as they are going to be wearing them. Ask them for feedback as another thing to know is that having to wear-in school shoes is a myth, a quality supportive school shoe should feel comfortable on first wear.

We’ve put together three easy tests to check if a shoe has supportive features

Another feature to consider is an adjustable fastening, this holds the foot snugly in the shoe and prevents the foot from sliding (preventing blisters). If tying shoe laces is a bit tricky for your child, good alternatives are velcro or buckles.

Correct sizing is important for your child’s developing feet. We recommend having them professionally measured but if you don’t have access to this service there should be roughly a thumbs width between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. Make sure you measure both feet (they may not be the same size) and fit to the longest or widest foot. This should be assessed with your child standing and their toes should be able to wriggle freely in the shoe.

If your child has been experiencing foot/ankle pain or you’ve noticed excessive shoe wear patterns it is a good idea to have your child’s feet assessed before buying new school shoes as your podiatrist can give footwear recommendations specific to your child’s foot function.

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