back-to-schoolA child spends around 30 hours a week in their school shoes, so it is essential that they are fitted correctly. We understand that the back-to-school period is a busy and sometimes stressful time so we have come up with some tips to make selecting your child’s school shoes a little easier.

Here are some important points to remember: - There should be a child’s thumb width between the end of the shoe and the end of the longest toe. - The widest part of the foot should correspond with the widest part of the shoe. - The fastening mechanism should hold the heel firmly in the back of the shoe – check for slipping at the heel. If there is minor slipping ask the shoe salesperson about some lacing techniques to reduce this. - The sole should not twist. - The heel should fit snug but be comfortable and the back part of the shoe strong and stable. - Make sure both feet are measured – most of us have one foot longer than the other! - Shoes need to be stable with good cushioning, with internal and external support. If you can, see a professional shoe fitter as there are often varying styles for different foot types. - After the age of three a child’s foot will grow about half a size every six months, this means that school shoes will generally last between nine months and a year. - Although school shoes are another necessary expense, keep in mind that buying superior quality shoes might in fact save you money – they won’t wear as fast. Look for soles made from rubber and double-stitching around the toe area which will give the shoe a longer life. - If your child complains of pain in their feet, heels, knees or legs, has uneven shoe wear or skin or toenail irritation a podiatrist will be able to make an assessment of their feet and provide treatment and recommendations.

All the best for the school year and happy shoe hunting!