Whether the kids are gearing up for a big first day in prep, the step up to high school in year 7 or just slogging away through the challenge that is year 9 there will be many shiny new shoes stepping out in the next couple of weeks.
Kids spend hours upon hours in school shoes so when finding the right shoe for the right foot and the right activity, many parents are left feeling stressed out.
At Pride Podiatry we see kids of all ages and sizes with many different school activities to be completed in their shiny new school shoes. With all these differences how can one shoe be right for all kids? Well here are some simple rules to keep in mind when shoe shopping for your kids school shoes.
A lot of research goes into footwear but the one factor that continues to ring true is that your shoe must be comfortable for your foot. If it’s not comfortable in the shop, it’s not right for little Benny’s foot.
Obvious one here, depending on little Benny’s age and growing rate you can consider leaving a full thumb width at the end of the shoe for growing room. Just remember not to fall foul of rule 1 in going too large.
Ideally the school shoe sole is a bit of an all rounder. Midsoles made from foam (think runner like shoes from Asics/Ascent) provide more cushioning but wear faster. Polyurethane midsoles in shoes from Clarks and Ecco provide a little more life span without compromising cushioning too much although they can be a bit heavier. If little Benny is going to be running around a lot in his new back to school shoes then go for the foam midsole. If little Benny is more likely to be using a sports shoe for his sports activities then the longer lasting option could be the better bet.
The trickiest rule to follow when you’re surrounded by a dozen different shoes and 3 kids trying to get away from school shoes and into the latest Yeezys or Roshes from Adidas and Nike instead. Start by holding the shoe upside down by the sole at the heel and the ball of the foot. If you twist the sole, like you were ringing out a sponge, it should twista little.l. You should not be able to twist it so much that the palms of your hand face each other, but it should not be completely rigid with no movement either. Not too little, not too much. A little like Goldilocks’ taste for porridge.
School shoes are not fashion items. In saying that at some ages the wrong shoe in the eyes of a peer group can be a challenge. In the not-so-perfect world we live in sometimes mental well being needs to take precedence over the 4 rules above. Now we are hardly recommending wearing a shoe which may increase injury risk but if it is the difference between a happy little Benny and a bullied little Benny there are techniques and devices that your Pride Podiatrist may be able to implement to upgrade that shoe.
There are many great school shoe stockists around. A great shoe retailer will provide some specific shoe advice and a great fit. Keep in mind the 5 Rules of Back to School Shoes and your little Benny will be a happy, healthy and active school kid ready for the big year ahead.
If you have any other questions about what school shoe is the right school shoe, please get in contact and make an appointment for an individual foot assessment and recommendation.