Top Tips from Podiatrists for Buying School Shoes

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School Shoes for Healthy Feet

August is always a busy month as families prepare to go back to the classroom.

We anticipate that the rush to buy school shoes will be even more chaotic than normal this summer – children’s feet have had a long time to grow since schools closed in March!

Ordering school shoes from the safety of your own home removes a lot of the stress – no making appointments, no queuing to enter stores, no wearing masks and no worrying about allowing someone to break social distance rules to measure your children’s feet.

Pair of children's feet smallIf you haven’t purchased your child’s school shoes yet, then this is the perfect opportunity to read some expert tips from OSGO, the UK’s leading member organisation for Podiatrists.

With a little bit of planning you can ensure that your child not only has the most stylish shoes but more importantly the most healthy shoes.

1. Choosing the right fit

The majority of shoe retailers are more than happy to help measure your child’s feet but be aware that to measure correctly your child should be standing. Weight bearing on the feet can increase the shoe size by up to one size!

When a child is asked to walk in new shoes in the shop, they will usually walk a couple of steps. To ensure the shoe is right for them, Its recommended that they walk around 2 to 3 minutes to ensure they know if the shoes fit correctly or feel too tight and uncomfortable.

2. Support 

Children’s school shoes should be able to flex at the ball of the foot but also have plenty of support in the mid foot. Shoes that have a fastening usually offer much better support and practicability than a slip-on shoe.

3. Quality materials

Invest in good quality leather school shoes that will last. A recent survey revealed that expensive branded school shoes last, on average, less than five months. Treads shoes come with a 12-month indestructible guarantee.

Tony Gavin, CEO at OSGO comments:

“Looking after your child’s foot health is extremely important as ill-fitting footwear can not only cause short term foot pain during the school term but can ultimately lead to foot problems later in life. If you aren’t confident that you can assess if a shoe fits well, many retailers offer a free shoe fitting service for children that will ensure shoes are checked.

As you prioritise your child’s dental health with regular check-ups, the same should be applied to feet and this begins at an early age – the school shoes your child wears are worn day in, day out and are perhaps the most significant shoes they will ever own. Making the right choice each term will help to safeguard against future foot health issues.’
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