It’s that time of year again where lots of shiny new school shoes will be hitting the playground next week.
Buying school shoes can be tough. Children spend many hours in these shoes so it’s important that the right shoe is found. Children’s feet aren’t fully formed until late teens which means they are constantly growing and changing. A poorly fitted shoe an lead to more serious problems with the development of their feet later down the track.
Check out our Podiatrist Gillians guide to buying school shoes to make it slightly easier.
Children spend a lot of time in these shoes. Make sure they are comfortable in them so they can run, jump, play and concentrate at school.
2- Size check
Children’s feet grow quickly and change shape so always have both of your child’s feet measured.
3- Check for the length.
Make sure there’s a gap of about half the width of your thumb between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoe. Your child should be able to move their toes in the shoes without rubbing against the shoe. The back of the shoe should be firm and hug their heel so it doesn’t slip when walking.
4- Go for the exact size.
Don’t be tempted to buy a larger size of shoe for your child so they can “ grow into it”. Shoes that fit well will support and protect vulnerable and young growing feet.
5- Consider the design of the shoe.
Lace ups, Velcro or a buckle helps the shoe to fit better on the foot. This is preferable to slip on shoes which provides little or no support. The sole should be firm with good grip but flexible around the toes for running and playing. The shoe should be flexible but shouldn’t be able to bend in half. The material is also important and a leather upper allows your child’s foot to breathe and will be more durable and longer lasting.
If you would like to speak to our podiatrist about your child’s feet please contact us at Optimal Therapy.