If the shoe fits...
Finding the right shoes for your child to wear to school should be near the top of your list of things to do as cheap or ill fitting shoes can lead to painful feet or sprained ankles and poor posture.
While a pair made from synthetic material might seem great value for money, they are unlikely to last until Christmas and are a false economy.
It’s a good idea to get your child’s feet measured by a professional before buying such an important item.
Boys are generally happiest in trainers and you can buy good quality leather shoes which fit with that style.
Pleasing girls is generally a trickier proposition. Most schools require children to wear black schools so thankfully the shops are well stocked with a wide range of styles and there is a good chance of finding something that will keep both of you happy.
Your daughter may have her heart set on pumps but these are not up to the wear and tear of the school playground and don’t offer enough support for the feet and ankles.
It’s a good idea to wait until later in the day to shop for shoes as the feet become enlarged through exercise throughout the day and it’s also good to have socks that are about the same thickness as they will be wearing to school so that you get a true idea of fit.
If your child has a wide or narrow foot you might find that certain brands fit better than others.
A narrow foot can suffer blisters from moving around in a shoe which is too wide and it won’t be supported properly.
The process of deciding whether a shoe fits properly is helped immeasurably by having a professional at hand as younger children might not be able to tell you how comfortable a shoe is while older girls might pretend a shoe fits perfectly if they like the look of it.
To check for yourself, pull down on the heel to see if there’s is too much give at the back. If there is too much space at the back, the child will get blisters on their heel.
Press down on the toe and make sure there is a couple of centimetres room at the top.
You should be able to see whether the shoe is stretched at the sides, meaning it is too narrow for the child’s foot, or if it is gaping at the sides and therefore too wide.
Get them to walk and move about to see how comfortable the shoes are.
Make sure you get your child’s feet measured before you buy school shoes. Make sure you pick a hard-wearing style