Getting school shoes right
School has gone back and you’ve likely just bought new school shoes. But kids grow fast and you’ll be buying more in no time. Dr Theresa Miller from Podiatry WA, offers the following advice to help ensure a good fit:
• Fit shoes to the larger foot. No two feet are exactly the same size!
• The shoe must be comfortable; don’t buy shoes planning to “break them in”.
• Blisters caused by shoes are a red flag. Seek professional advice if these are occurring.
• Make sure there is 1cm of space between the longest toe and the end of the shoe when standing. There should be room to wiggle the toes. Ask children to wriggle their foot as far as possible into the front of the shoe — if you can easily fit your finger inside their shoe behind the heel there is sufficient room for comfort and growth.
• Shoes shouldn't slip at the back when walking. Make sure the back of the shoe is high enough to prevent it from slipping, but not so high that it rubs the back of the leg. Note: For the best fit, go to a reputable shoe shop to have your child professionally fitted for their new shoes.