Hints And Tips On Picking The Right Style of School Shoe

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It’s almost that time of year again – back to school! That’s assuming Omicron doesn’t derail the schools yet again. This year is very interesting to me as my son is starting Kindy and for the first time I have to go on the hunt for some school shoes. It’s not as easy as I thought I must say, there are a stack of things to consider, especially if the school is strict with the dress code or the child is particular about laces and style. I think it’s very important to try and accommodate what you can to ensure maximum compliance. If your child hates the shoe, they won’t wear it or they will simply destroy it by being careless. Simple as that, so don’t throw your money down the drain.

There are a few things to consider regarding school shoes. Kids spend anywhere from 20-35 hours a week in these shoes so making sure they fit well is vital. I mentioned before that I always recommend the parents try to accommodate as much as possible to ensure compliance but as far as I (and the profession) am concerned, some things can’t be compromised on.

Here are some tips to buying perfectly fitting school shoes:

  • There should be a child’s thumb width between the end of the shoe and the end of the longest toe.
  • The widest part of the foot should correspond with the widest part of the shoe. This is typically the forefoot but if you have a very flexible foot type there may be some bulging around the midfoot too.
  • The fastening mechanism (laces are preferable) should hold the heel firmly in the back of the shoe against the heel counter.
  • The sole should not twist. By twist I mean pick the shoe up and try to wring them out like a wet towel, you should only be able to do it a little bit and it should require some force.
  • The heel should be snug but comfortable and the back part of the shoe strong and stable.

While you might usually expect to only think about school shoes and your kids’ feet once a year, I can tell you that I have seen some kids need shoes replaced every 4 months, such is the rate of growth and the rate of wear and tear on the shoes from the activity.

I will also make the point here and say please do not correlate high cost with quality footwear. I have seen some awful shoes cost quite a bit of money and I have seen some excellent cheap and cheerful. The only catch with the cheaper variation is that you should expect to replace them more often. They are cheap for a reason, and it’s usually the materials and the construction where they have cut down on the quality.

Here is a general checklist of things to look out for, and see a podiatrist if necessary:

– Complaining of pain in the feet, heel, knee or legs.
– Unexplained tripping and falling (if it happens regularly).
– Uneven shoe wear, or one shoe that wears down before the other.
– Skin or toenail irritation.

I don’t have a specific preference or favourite style of shoe to recommend but I have had quite a bit of success referring kids into the Ascent style of school shoes and of course, the old faithful Clarks. Tried and tested over the past decade, I can tell you I haven’t had too many complaints from the kids and between those styles there is usually something to fit the budget and the school dress code.

If you need any help deciding what shoe to get for your child, don’t hesitate to contact us on 9542 3491.

Happy school shoe shopping!

Til next time, Scott

1 Comment. Leave new

  • Shirley McSwan
    January 20, 2022 8:26 am

    Thanks Narelle and Scott. My “school outfitting days” are long past! But thank you for a laugh, and for info I can pass on to grandchildren (only one left at school).
    I first went to Narelle when we moved from Kingsrove Uniting Church to Sutherland Uniting. We lived in the Uniting Church Manse in First Avenue, Loftus, facing the cemetery. Even then my feet were really problem feet as you, Narelle quickly recognised. However, I feel that James really listened to me at my first appouintment 2 weeks ago, and I look forward to my next appointment in 2 weeks time!


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