Mar 22, 2020

How to get the right children's school shoes

Kids are in their school shoes for at least 30 hours a week, so it is important that that they are well fitting and comfortable. It can be an overwhelming task to pick the right shoe with so many school shoes on the market.

Here are some tips to help:

  • Choosing the correct length: as children’s feet are growing you want to allow adequate growing space. Take the insole out of the shoe and place the foot on it standing. There should be about a thumbs width between the end of the big toe and the end of the insole
  • Make sure that the width of your child’s foot is measured as the better brands have widths from A (narrow) to 4E (extra wide)
  • Fixation:
    - Laces are the best option if your child can do them up. They provide the most adjustable fixation.
    - For girls, some Mary-Jane type styles have a velcro strap
    - For boys, some runner styles have velcro fastenings
  • Tread: Children at school, particularly primary aged, are constantly on the go. The tread should have a rough surface with grooves to provide good traction when running and playing.  

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