Back to School Essentials: School Shoes Made Simple

18 Jan, 2024

As the summer break winds down and the new school year approaches, parents are busy checking off their back-to-school lists.

Among the uniforms, notebooks, and backpacks, there’s one essential item that often gets overlooked: shoes. Proper footwear is crucial for growing children, as it provides support and protection for their developing feet. With so many options on the market, choosing the right pair of school shoes can be overwhelming. But worry not, parents! Our Podiatrists at Gen Physio have put together a guide to help you find the perfect shoes for your child’s return to school.

Getting the Fit Right

Bring those socks! Does your child’s school have specific sock or stocking requirements? Bring them along when shopping for shoes to ensure a proper fit.

Measure up! Before hitting the stores, have your child’s feet measured by a podiatrist or a trained shoe store employee. This will give you the information you need to ensure you purchase the right fit.

Allow for wiggle room! A good school shoe should allow your child to wiggle their toes freely in both directions. This ensures there’s enough space for movement and growth.

Growth room, but not too much. While you want to leave some space for your child’s feet to grow, avoid going overboard. A maximum of 1cm of extra space at the end of the shoe is ideal.

Young boy getting his feet measured by a Podiatrist
Function and Season

Match the shoe to the activity. Consider the types of activities your child will be doing at school. Breathable leather shoes are ideal for everyday wear, while cotton or nylon material runners are best for sporting activities.

Make it adjustable. Opt for shoes with adjustable closures like Velcro, buckles, or laces. These allow for a more customized fit and can accommodate growth spurts without compromising support.

Seek Expert Advice

If you have any concerns about your child’s feet or need help finding the perfect shoes, don’t hesitate to consult a Podiatrist. A podiatrist can assess your child’s individual needs and recommend the best footwear options. By following these tips and seeking professional advice when needed, you can ensure your child starts the new school year with happy, healthy feet.

Additional Tips
  • Look for shoes with no bend in the middle. This protects bones, joints and muscles and gives the foot the best support.
  • Avoid shoes with high heels as this can result in tight calf muscles and ankle instability.
  • Buy shoes in the afternoon as feet swell during the day.
  • Look for a cushioned midsole as this is important for shock absorption.

Remember, investing in a good pair of school shoes is an investment in your child’s health and well-being. With the right shoes, they can conquer the school year with confidence and comfort.

Book an appointment with a Mobile Podiatrist

Our Mobile Podiatrists can assist you in identifying your foot type and giving recommendations on the correct shoes tailored to your specific needs. Get in touch with our Team on 1300 122 884 and determine what shoe type is best for your foot health.

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