Here are our tips for finding the BEST school shoes for YOUR child!

Buying school shoes that fit properly is essential for the comfort and health of your child. The right fit can help prevent issues such as blisters, calluses, and even long-term foot problems. Please see below for some tips when choosing the perfect pair of school shoes for your child.

Measure their feet.

It’s important to have an accurate measurement of your child’s feet before you start shopping for school shoes. You can do this by tracing your child’s feet on a piece of paper or using a foot measuring tool. Keep in mind that their feet may have grown since their last pair of shoes, so it’s best to measure them every time you buy new shoes.

Try on shoes at the end of the day.

Feet tend to swell throughout the day, so it’s best to try on new shoes at the end of the day, when your child’s feet are at their largest. This will ensure that the shoes will still fit comfortably even after a full day of wear.

Allow room for growth.

When fitting shoes, it’s important to remember that your child’s feet will continue to grow. It’s recommended to leave about a thumb’s width (your child’s thumb) of space between the end of the shoe and the child’s longest toe. This will provide enough room for their feet to grow without the shoes becoming too tight.

Check the width.

The width of the shoe is just as important as the length! Make sure that the shoes are not too tight or too loose across the width of the foot. A good fit should allow for some wiggle room for the toes, but not be so wide that the foot slides around inside the shoe.

Look for good support.

Look for shoes that have good arch support and a sturdy heel counter. This can help to prevent overpronation, a condition where the foot rolls inward too much. Good support will also help to keep your child’s feet and legs in healthy alignment.

Consider the activity.

Consider what activities your child will be doing in their shoes. Will they be running around on the playground, playing sports, or just walking to class? Make sure the shoes you choose are appropriate for the activity and provide the necessary support and protection.

By following these tips and tricks, you can ensure that you choose a perfect pair of school shoes that will meet your child’s needs and last throughout the school year.

If you want personal advice on footwear, our Podiatrist is available for consultations and can personally prescribe the best choice of school shoe for you! Our expert Podiatry team also uses the latest technology to produce custom orthotics for our clients.

Please give us a call on 9836 7000 or follow the link below to book online.