Buying the right school shoes for children can make all the difference to their comfort level and have notable positive impacts on their schooling. Here is how to ensure you purchase well.
Before you do anything else, you need to make sure that your child’s feet are measured. You can do this on your own or you can go into a shoe store to have an associate help you. Regardless of which route you take, measure both feet because one can be bigger than the other. This is true whether you are a child or an adult. In addition, don’t be tempted to buy shoes that are too big. Your child may trip and get hurt if this is the case.
Keep the following pieces of information in mind when you are searching for the right school shoes for your child.
The heel should not slip and slide off your child’s foot. The sole should remain relatively straight. The biggest part of the shoe and the biggest part of the foot should match up with each other. There should be a little room remaining in the toe, about the length of your child’s thumb.
Every child’s feet are different. Look for shoes that provide support and cushioning for comfort. If you are not sure what size shoe your child wears, have them fitted so that there is no room for error. Also, keep in mind that different types of shoes will run a little differently.
Do The Wiggle
Whenever you try a new pair of shoes on your child, have them wiggle their toes. Your child should be able to do this without a problem and you shouldn’t see their toes pushing against the sides of the shoes either.
Shoes Should Last
Once your child turns three, they tend to grow one full shoe size over the course of a year. Therefore, if you buy a pair of shoes at the beginning of the school year, they should last your child until the end. This does depend on your child, of course, so if you think they have grown a lot, have their feet measured again.
Do Not Be Afraid To Spend A Little Money
Shoes can be expensive. However, it is worth it to pay a little more and get a better quality shoe. You will not have to replace them as often, so you could wind up saving money over the course of the school year. In particular, you want rubber soles on the shoes you are buying for your child.
As a parent, the ability to get a good deal on pair of shoes is tempting. However, don’t buy previously worn footwear. The shoes were broken in to fit another child’s foot, and they likely won’t feel good on your child’s feet as a result. In addition, stay away from slip-on shoes. They simply don’t provide the support that other shoes do for a growing child.
Purchase Shoes In The Evening
Feet tend to swell as the day goes on. That is why it is not a good idea to buy shoes as soon as the stores open in the morning. Instead, wait until dinner time to pick out a new pair. Otherwise, the shoes that you buy may wind up being uncomfortable for your child.
Get Checked Out
Years ago, many people chalked up pain in the lower extremities to growing pains. However, most experts now realize that this isn’t a good way to look at these problems and they encourage parents to have any unexplained pain investigated. If something is wrong, it can usually be corrected.
Signs Of Problems
Most people only consider getting new shoes at the start of the school year. However, the truth is that your child’s feet can grow at any point, and you need to be aware of a few warning signs.
If your child has pain in their lower extremities, you may want to check to see if their shoes fit properly. In addition, is your child falling down a lot? Is one shoe consistently getting worn down before the other? Does your child have problems with their toenails or the skin on their feet? All of these issues may be a reason to visit the podiatrist or to take a second look at their shoes. You may need orthopedic shoes for kids to remedy the issue.
*This is a collaborative post.