It is that time again for kids to head back into the class rooms and not only hit the books but also hit the school yard in their new school shoes!

Kids spend over 30 hours a week in their school shoes and while most of us think of them simply as a school shoe they also, at school, may become a netball shoe, a handball shoe or a soccer boot! Needless to say it’s essential that these shoes are tough and sturdy to undertake all this work.

When looking for a school shoe it is important to consider the following:

  • Thumb width’s room between the end of the shoe and the end of the longest toe – please note it is based on your child’s thumb width not your own!
  • The fastening mechanism should hold the heel firmly in the back of the shoe.  I find that lace up and velcro are best.
  • The back part of the shoe ‘heel counter’ should be strong and stable and unable to be collapsed under pressure.
  • The shoe should flex across the ball of the foot and unable to be twisted!

After weeks of holidays and time spent without shoes on, it may take some time for your child to wear in new school shoes.  Therefore it’s best for children to wear in school shoes gradually, 1-2 weeks before they have to wear them for full school days.

If you have any questions or would like more information about ensuring your child has the most supportive footwear for school, contact us at The Forest Podiatry and make an appointment today!

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