What school shoes should I buy this year?
January! The time of year to start organising the kids for school. Are school shoes on the list of things to do? Let us help you tick this off….
School shoes are incredibly important. Children spend the majority of their time in them when they are on their feet. They spend approximately 35 hours per week for 13 years from Prep to Year 12 – you do the math!
Children are not only walking in their shoes, but they are running, kicking, jumping and who knows what sometimes. They need to be durable and most importantly comfortable.
There are an array of options on shop walls, which can all look the same on the shelf – a black leather shoe. It can be overwhelming and hard to know what to look for.
- Get fitted by a professional
- All shop assistants should be trained in fitting shoes for your child
- Ensure both feet are measured (half size difference between left and right is not uncommon)
- Sizes can be confusing, US/UK/EU. Best leave it to the experts!
- Thumb width from end of longest toe to end of shoe
- Depending on the age of the child, kids usually wear their school shoes out before they grow out of them. So there is no need to get an excessively large size
- Getting a shoe too big can cause issues with gripping with toes, slipping at the back and potential injuries ie. ankle sprains
- Always take your orthotics to try the shoes on. This will ensure correct fit.
- Take school socks so you know the correct thickness, again ensuring an ideal fit.
- Shop at the end of the day
- Feet swell during the day after activity. This is an ideal time to try shoes on, to ensure they will not be too tight.
Ensure you tick these off to avoid this!>>
- Rubber sole with adequate thickness
- Allows adequate shock absorption and durability
- Structured through the middle (shank)
- The shoe should not bend in the middle
- Leather upper
- Breathable and moulds well to the shape of the foot
- Heel counter
- Ensure this is stable and it cannot be folded in on itself
- Lace up ideal (strap is adequate if not)
- Ascent Adiva
- Ascent Adela
- Clarks Ingrid
Ascent school shoes are available at The Athlete’s Foot and Clarks across a variety of locations.
All the best for the school year ahead!
Madeleine is passionate about all aspects of Podiatry, in particular children’s foot conditions, heel pain, ingrowing nails and assessing walking and running technique. Maddie has undertaken further study in Foot Mobilisation and manipulation and Dry Needling of the lower limb.