If the shoe fits...

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - News -

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

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