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It’s That Dreaded Time Of Year – Getting School Shoes!

bad shoeIf you are like me, I dread this time of year, as I have to go and get uniforms, stationery and school shoes for my children.  The stationery is the easy part (that is if the school remembers to give us a list at the end of the year – which they haven’t!), the uniforms are a bit of a pain, as my kids hate to get in the change rooms and try them on.  I think that this is because they realize that school holidays are almost over.

But school shoes. Where do you go here? There are 1000 different types of school shoes out there, but which shoes should you look at?

Well I am glad you asked.  I didn’t realise until I had school age children, how many shops sell school shoes.  With prices ranging from $15.00 to $150.00. Where do you start?

Straight away, do not go anywhere near the $15.00 range.  These shoes are so flimsy, and full of plastic, that they wear within a month of the school term, and you will be buying another pair before you know it.  But should you get the $150.00 pair? Not necessarily so.

Firstly you must get your child properly measured for their shoes.  Places like Athlete’s Foot, Myers, David Jones and Shoes and Sox, will spend the time to measure your child’s foot.

Secondly, look at shoes that are supportive, what do I mean by this?  They need to be firm around the heel, if you can push your finger on the heel counter and it compresses, move on.  They need to flex at the ball of the foot, not at the arch of the shoe. And lastly you shouldn’t be able to twist the shoe.  If you can twist it like a wash rag, it will have no support for the foot.

Thirdly, it should have a good fastening system, either laces or Velcro, to hold the foot into the shoe.  The exception here is the ‘Mary Jane’ type of shoe for girls, these shoes have very little support and ability to keep the foot in the shoe.

And lastly, does it have a cushioned sole? If the sole is extremely hard, it is providing no cushioning for those little feet running across the asphalt playground.  Considering your child will be in these shoes for up to 30 hours a week, it is worthwhile to invest in a good pair of school shoes.

If you have a question about your child’s school shoes, or their feet, please give us a call on 9542 3491, we would love to help you out.

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